If you’re looking for one of the easiest ways to help your Easy Elegance® roses thrive, we’ve got one word for you: water! Watering roses is a super easy task, but there are a few tips you can follow to help them stay healthy, hydrated, and happy all season long.
We always recommend using a garden hose or watering wand to water your roses. While watering cans are cute, they usually don’t hold the amount of water your plants will need. So, rather than making multiple trips back and forth from the sink to your plants, use a hose. Make sure the hose or wand is set to a steady stream. Remember, you’re not power washing your plants, but giving them a nice drink.
Make sure that you water your roses in the morning. Watering them in the morning allows that water to soak into the soil and roots before the warmest part of the day. If you wait to water in the middle of the day, you risk that water evaporating away. If you can’t add watering to your morning routine, watering in the evening is another great option.
Always check the soil before watering. While plants love water, they do not love being overwatered. To avoid overwatering, check the soil by sticking your fingers in the soil by the plant. If the soil is wet there’s no need to water. If the soil is dry, that’s a sign you can give your plants a good soak.
Always water your roses at the base of the shrub. While you might be tempted to water by spraying water over the top, that can actually do more harm than good. So, make sure to water your plants at the base by sticking your hose below the leaves. This will help the leaves and blooms stay healthy, as well as get the water where it needs to go.
It’s better to water your plants throughly and less often than watering plants lightly every day. This of course depends on factors like whether it’s rained, if it’s hot or cool outside, as well as the age of your rose. Younger plants will need more water than older, more established plants. All that being said, as a general tule, plants in the landscape need about 1 inch of water per week and double that during the hottest months. To keep it easy, pick a day of the week to check the soil. If it’s a new plant or you’re experiencing a heat wave, check the soil every day. That quick walk through the garden will help you determine how many times a week your roses need watering, while also allowing you to enjoy the views in the garden.
Don’t forget to water your roses that you have planted in decorative containers. Roses in containers tend to dry out quicker than their landscape counterparts so it’s a good idea to check the soil every day and water when it’s dry. Follow all of the watering tips above and your container roses will thrive!