You have most likely heard the phrase “roses love water but they don’t like wet feet.” And that’s true. They do love water but too much and they “drown.” You’ll see the leaves turn yellow and droop!
So how much water do they need? When I first started growing more than just a few roses, one of the most confusing pieces of advice to me was… “roses need 2″ of water per week.” What? How do you know what 2″ of water is? I will confess to doing some odd watering and measuring while I was figuring things out. There are so many factors that play into the “how much” decision. Your soil type, drainage, wind, temperature, and such.
WHAT I’VE LEARNED
To set them up for success, water regularly, slowly, and deeply. DEEPLY! Deep watering sends those roots down deep where they are more protected from drought and winter weather.
If you have ever dug up an established rose you know that they have some roots that seem to go to China! I have seen my roses go through periods of drought to the point I thought I would surely lose them but when the rains come and they drink their fill, they resurrect and are good to go again. Remember, Paul Zimmerman is right, “roses are just blooming shrubs.’
While we are talking about water… I’ll mention when to do so. Fungal diseases love damp and cool so putting the roses to bed dry goes a long way in keeping them healthy. I try to water early enough in the day that the leaves can dry.
I am not going to have to worry about watering for quite a while. Currently, there is puddling all throughout the garden.
I received some very happy mail this week. Proven Winners sent 4 roses for me to “test” in my garden. These roses will be coming to garden centers in 2023 or can be purchased online here. I had the pleasure of seeing these roses in bloom at a conference recently making me even more excited to have them in my garden! Fragrance is back!
Rise Up Amberness: A healthy, fragrant rose that can be grown as a shrub or a short climber – up to about out 5′. (2-3 wide and 3-5 tall)
Rise Up Lilac Days: Healthy, exceptionally fragrant rose that can climb up to 8′ Very floriferous.
Ringo Double Pink: Multiple colors on one plant… pink, magenta, and a red center (2 – 3′ Tall and Wide)
Reminiscent Crema: Creamy white, full, lush blooms with old rose fragrance (2′ x2′)
Rise Up Lilac Days is going in a container on the Potting Shed porch!!
There are some wonderful events coming up…
Hendricks Co Master Gardener Plant Sale
Tues, May 17, 6 – 8 pm
Hendricks Co Fairgrounds / Cartlidge Barn
ROSEFEST … a time to bloom
This will be the first Rosefest since the COVID lockdowns. After the past two years, we are all excited to bloom!
This will be a day filled with beautiful roses, rose growing demonstrations, a tour of the HC Master Gardeners’ beautiful rose garden, free roses for first 40 guests, a rose show, and wonderful speakers.
SAT, JUNE 11, 9 am – 3 pm
HAMILTON CO 4H FAIRGROUNDS (Link)
2003 E PLEASANT STREET
PROGRAM: Rose Classifications … Something for everyone!
Diane Sommers is the current American Rose Society President
Dr. Raymond Cloyd
PROGRAM: Japanese Beetle Management
Dr. Raymond Cloyd of Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS. Professor and Extension Specialist in Horticultural Entomology/Plant Protection.
You can find additional information about ROSEFEST here.
GETTING BACK TO WORK
All the rain has slowed down spring garden work a bit making me extremely happy to know that there is no rain in tomorrow’s forecast… no sun either but I’ll take dry! I need to fertilize the roses and put down mulch! The old garden roses will be blooming before we know it. 🎉🌹💃