Flowers & Plants Resource Center
Simple Steps for Beautiful Roses

There are a lot of misconceptions about the work it takes to grow healthy roses. With a few simple steps and proper maintenance, you can easily grow beautiful roses to enjoy for a lifetime!

Choose the Right Spot. Make sure the location is fit for a rose plant. Avoid areas with shade; the location should receive 6 hours of direct sunlight daily. Early sun is better than afternoon sun. 

Good Soil is Important. Roses like well-drained soil that is rich in organic matter, with a pH of 6 – 7.5. Your native soil could have too much clay or sand. For best results, we recommend you add a compost or garden soil to the native soil before planting. For nutrient-rich compost, check out: Schultz Compost & Manure.

The Right Roses. Make sure you are planting roses best for your climate. Follow the plant’s tag for planting instructions. 

Mulching. Apply 1-3 inches of mulch around the base of your roses to keep the soil cool, retain moisture and naturally prevent weeds. For long lasting mulch, check out: Schultz Mulch.

Watering. Be sure to water thoroughly at first. The water will activate the roots and help settle the soil. Continue to water every other day during the first four months. Then switch to watering heavily twice a week. Water in the morning and also at the base of the plant. Roses are susceptible to disease so try not to get water on the leaves. 

Feeding Your Roses. Roses crave specific nutrients. Feed them every bloom cycle or every other watering with a fertilizer specially formulated for roses. Schultz offers Bloom Food, Rose & Flower Granular Plant Food, Rose Food, as well as many other useful products.

Pruning. The best time to prune roses is in early spring before new growth starts. Pruning will help the plant produce stronger and larger stems while removing dead or damaged canes. For tips on pruning, check out our Pruning Shrubs article.

Deadheading. Keep an eye on your roses. Remove any dead or faded blossoms; this will initiate the plant to produce a new bloom.