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Tips for properly watering rose bushes

Rose bushes are one of the easiest ornamental plants in the world to care for: they live in a wide variety of climates, they tend to have no major pests or diseases, and most interesting of all is that they produce beautiful flowers every year.

However, irrigation is a task that can be a bit difficult to master, since the frequency of irrigation will be determined by some factors such as the weather, the soil, the type of rose bush, the wind and the temperature in the area where we cultivate them. That is why we are going to offer you some tips to water your roses correctly.

When and how should rose bushes be watered?

Rose bushes are shrubs, some climbers, that live wonderfully in temperate climates, where summers are mild or, on the contrary, warm, and winters with weak or moderate frosts. They are plants that have been used for a long time in the decoration of gardens and terraces, since the flowers they produce have a beauty without equal.

To be really well, they don’t need much: just sun, some small pruning and more or less frequent watering. Focusing on the latter, I’m not going to fool you: it’s not too easy to know when to water them and when not to, but it’s not complicated either .

For now, you have to know that one of the most common mistakes in growing roses is to think that they want a lot, a lot of water, which does not have to be entirely true, as it will depend especially on the weather. For example, if the summer is very hot and it hardly rains, it will be necessary to water it often as the soil or substrate will dry out quickly; but if, on the contrary, it rains frequently, then the waterings will be more widely spaced.

In addition, excess watering causes damage to the roots, and therefore also to the rest of the plant. Leaves that turn yellow and that end up falling quickly, flowers that do not finish opening, or even the appearance of insects that cause pests are some of the most common symptoms that they have when they are watering too much. What to do to avoid it?

Here are a few tips that will help you:

  • It is important that during the first year of planting the rose bush, we do not neglect the watering, since the roots are not very deep and if they do not have the necessary amount of water, the plant could die or not develop and flower properly.
  • During the winter time, when it has no leaves, it will not need us to water it, as long as it is planted and it rains regularly. If, on the other hand, we have the rose bush in a pot we must water it a little from time to time so that the roots do not dry out.
  • It is important that we avoid waterlogging, that is, water our rose bushes to the point that the water runs out and a puddle forms. The excess of water instead of helping our plant to grow and flourish, will rot the roots to the point of killing the plant. Watering the rose bushes a lot is a common problem so we should try to water little and feel the soil to know how wet it is.
  • We must make sure to water our rose bush early in the morning, or at sunset in the afternoon. Irrigation should not be carried out during the middle of the day or during the hours when the sun falls strongly as it could cause injury to our plant.
  • When watering, we must only water the soil, no water should fall on the flower or the leaves, as this would favor the appearance of fungi and diseases. You can apply irrigation at the foot of the plant, with a watering can or drip irrigation. The use of a hose is not advisable, unless you put a specific gun for hoses, with which you can regulate the water output.

What are the symptoms of excess or lack of irrigation of the rose bushes?

Irrigation is essential to take care of the rose bushes, but if it is done badly, that is, whether it is watered excessively or if, on the contrary, we let the soil remain dry for a long time, it will have problems. So let’s see what are the symptoms of excess and also those of lack of watering and what to do to solve it:

Excess irrigation

The most common symptoms are:

  • The lower leaves turn yellow and fall.
  • Young leaves turn brown.
  • The plant looks ‘sad’, wilted.
  • The roots can rot, so growth is slowed or suspended.
  • The stems may begin to blacken.

What to do? In this case, you have to prune the parts that look bad, treat with fungicide to prevent the appearance of fungi, and suspend watering until the soil dries.

If we have it in a pot, apart from doing what we have just explained, we must remove the plant from it and wrap the root ball or soil bread with absorbent paper and leave it like that overnight. Then, it will be planted in a new pot -with holes- and new substrate.

Lack of irrigation of the rose bush

The most common symptoms of lack of water are:

  • The leaves lose color and shine, turning yellowish first and then brown starting at the edges.
  • The flowers abort.
  • The land will be dry. If we have it in a pot, the substrate may have dried so much that it has become unable to absorb water.

What to do? The fastest way to correct the problem is by giving it a good watering, but before that you have to aerate the soil a little with the help of a hand hoe, or with a fork if we have it in a container.

If your rose bush is in a pot and has suffered from a lack of watering, put it in a basin of water for half an hour to rehydrate it.

We hope these tips to properly water your rose bushes will help you .

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