White roses belong to a a family of plants called Rosaceae and grow in the form of shrubs from miniature to climbing. They are ornamental plants grown for their attractive a fragrant flowers and bloom in early summer or fall. The shrubs have thorns on their stem and delicate petals with tiny perfume glands make up the flower. White roses are used during marriage ceremonies or in order to express sympathy, purity or spirituality.
- Plant Type. Flowering Indoor/Outdoor
- Plant Growth. Up to 3 to 4 feet
- Season. early summer and fall
- Sunlight. White roses prefer a location that isn't in the direct sun. Find a location where they get plenty of indirect sun with just a little shade during the day.
- Watering. White 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 white 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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