Most roses require 6 to 8 hours of sun, good air circulation and raised beds.
Roses need one inch of water a week.
- Pruning should be completed ASAP.
- This is your last chance for transplanting.
- Plant container roses.
- Clean up underneath the bushes, weed the beds.
- Repair your irrigation system; drip irrigation is best for roses.
- Fertilize, use slow release chemical-and organic fertilizer (Alfalfa Tea), roses are heavy feeders.
- Add mulch, at least 3-4 inches; do not cover the bud union or the thick woody ball at the connection between the roots and upper stems.
- Start your preventative spray program; use a high pressure water spray wand to clean up mites, aphids and the like. Look for organic sprays to reduce fungal diseases.
The Houston Rose Society is an excellent source for growing roses and is well worth the $15.00 annual dues.