Watering Roses

Watering roses is a key component to getting good health for your garden. The method for doing it can depend on many factors, including the soil, the types of plants, and the weather. As beautiful as roses are, they can be very thirsty for water.

Its important to water during the right time of day. If you water in the morning, this will usually give the soil adequate time to soak up the moisture. Plus, the sun will burn up the rest of the water standing on leaves and stems. If the leaves are left overly moist, this can become a breeding ground for fungus and black spot. If you water too late in the day, the water may evaporate before it can be properly absorbed. Watering at night may leave your plants overly wet, and they are less open to absorbing over nighttimes as they tend to go into a semi-dormant state.

You should water the base of the plants as much as possible, but an occasional weekly sprinkle over the top can help clean the leaves. After all, rain is the “natural” watering method.

The requirements can vary from breed to breed. In general, you should plan on several waterings a week, with a minumim of two. Newly planted specimens will need more. The soil should be moist all of the time. In general, its much easier to underwater rather than overwater your garden. A timed irrigation system or soaker hose can help things along.
If you live in a dry climate, it can seem like a race to keep your flowers properly watered. Sometimes the best thing to do is plant breeds and varieties that are better fits for your zone and soil. A plant like the Rose of Sharon, or obviously, the Desert rose, are good choices if you live somewhere in the Southwestern US. These aren’t true roses, but are still beautiful nonetheless.


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