How to Care for Rose Plants / Rose Plant Care

ROSES are the most popular flower & beautiful too. Every gardener wants to have a rose garden of his/her own. It seems to be a hard nut to crack for new gardeners. However, with proper planting and care, it is not that difficult to be a successful rose gardener. Let’s discuss about how to care for Rose Plants.

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Rose Flower

Find the Ideal Place

  • Select a spot which receive minimum 6 hours of sunlight.
  • Minimum 6 hours of sun will help your plant to produce more flowers & less likely to be attacked by pests & diseases.
  • Plant roses in fertile & well drained soil.
  • If the soil is too clayey or sandy, add well matured organic compost before planting.


  • Water the plant 2-3 time a week & try to water it deep, so that the soil till the bottom of your pot gets wet.
  • May increase the water cycle depending upon the climate (if it is dry & warm)
  • Try to water it directly at the soil line rather than sprinkling water over the plant as wet foliage can attract fungal diseases.


  • Fertilize the plant with organic compost at an interval of 20 – 30 days.
  • If using chemical fertilizer, apply the one which has N-P-K ratio of 20:10:20.
  • Stop fertilizing atleast a month before the expected first frost.
  • Apply fertilizer with very less content of Nitrogen in Autumn/ Fall, as it will help in root growth & more flowers.


  • Applying mulch is the best practice for having healthy roses.
  • It helps the soil to remain cool & to retain moisture for somewhat longer than normal.
  • It is important to leave a gap of 1-2 inches between the stem of the plant & mulch as this lower the possibility of any diseases.


  • Pruning is very much necessary for rose.
  • Early spring is the best time to prune.

Pests and Diseases

  • Normally the following pests found on rose: Aphids, Powdery Mildew, Mites, Whiteflies etc.
  • Spray the plant with insecticidal soap to remove pests.
  • If the situation is more serious then apply pesticides.
  • Click here to know about the three most dangerous diseases of rose plant.

Tips to produce more flowers

  • Prune the plant regularly.
  • Cut all the spent flowers & deadheads.
  • Cut all the dried & semi-dried leaves and branches.

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