Watering Your Roses
Watering Roses in All Seasons

Things to keep in mind when watering your roses. Rose watering tips for properly hydrating roses in every season. How to water rose bushes deeply without wetting their leaves. Watering rose plants that are in pots.

Drip irrigation, soaker hoses.

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Roses perform best if they are watered regularly. These plants will only crank out their beautiful blooms when they are in active growth and this requires moisture.

The need for soil moisture is greatest when a rose is first planted. As the plant's root system matures, it will become somewhat more tolerant of dry soil. Some old, well established roses can exhibit considerable drought tolerance but this is unusual.

Most rose varieties need moisture at their roots throughout their life cycles.

When to Water Roses

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Dawn and dusk are optimal times. The sun will not be out causing the water to evaporate before it can be absorbed by the earth.

If there has been no rain for several days, check the soil in the rose garden: Push your index finger into the soil. If it is dry to the 2nd knuckle, water. Do not wait until the leaves wilt. The plant will have suffered some damage by then.

A deep soaking will last several days if the soil has been properly enriched with organic compost. Deep watering your roses once or twice a week is better than watering them lightly each day.

Roses, like all other garden plants, will dry out more quickly in hot rather than cool weather. Even in winter, the soil in the rose bed should be kept just barely moist so that the roots of the dormant plants do not become dessicated.

In areas where snow falls regularly, the melting snow will take care of this. Rose growers living where snow is rare may need to water occasionally over the winter.

How to Water Rose Bushes

  1. Install soaker hoses or drip irrigation throughout the rose beds so that the water is applied to the soil where it is needed and not the foliage where it can only burn or spread rose disease spores. Hide the hoses by burying them beneath a 3 inch blanket of mulch. If you cannot install drip irrigation, lay a hose beneath the roses and let it run for at least 20 minutes. A single rose bush can be watered with a watering can. Give it a gallon of water for each foot of height.
  2. Water deeply. Roses have shallow root systems. Deep watering roses encourages the roots to push down deeper into the soil. Surface watering your roses will cause the roots to grow toward the surface. The deeper you can get the roots to delve into the soil, the safer the plant will be if it is ever exposed to drought.
  3. Water roses in pots until the water runs out the bottom. Never allow peat-based compost to dry out as it will then be almost impossible to moisten. If you have several roses growing in containers a drip irrigation kit designed to water containers can make watering them less of a chore.

More Rose Bush Care Info:

Planting Roses in Your Garden: Easy tips for planting roses of all types

Rose Bush Care Made Easy

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