Red rose is known as a symbol of love as it was thought to be the favorite flower of the Roman Goddess of love, Venus. Red rose plants grow in the form of shrubs that come in a variety of forms, from miniature to climbing. They are grown for their attractive and often fragrant flowers, which bloom mainly in early summer and fall. The shrubs have thorns on their stem and delicate petals with tiny perfume glands make up the flower.
- Plant Type. Flowering Outdoor
- Plant Growth. Up to 1 to 2 feet
- Season. early summer and fall
- Sunlight. Red roses prefer a location that isn't in the direct sun. Find a location where they do not get a lot of harsh wind.
- Watering. Red roses need an inch of water twice a week. During a heat wave or in a hot climate they will need even more frequent watering. Add a thick, organic mulch on top of the soil around the rose bush to help prevent water loss.
- Soil. Preferred soil is one with a near-neutral pH range of 5.5–7.0.
- Pruning. Prune red roses every spring and destroy all old or diseased plant material. Start with pruning shears for smaller growth. Do not prune roses in the fall. Simply cut off any dead or diseased canes.
- Fertilizing. Feed roses on a regular basis before and throughout the blooming cycle. Once a month between April and July, apply a balanced granular fertilizer (5-10-5 or 5-10-10). Allow ¾ to 1 cup for each bush, and sprinkle it around the drip line, not against the stem. In May and June, scratch in an additional tablespoon of Epsom salts along with your fertilizer; the magnesium sulfate will encourage new growth from the bottom of the bush.
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