Watering Roses: Tips for In-Ground and Potted Plants
Just how much do roses need
Roses are some of the most beautiful flowers in the world and make a great addition to any garden. But in order to keep your roses looking their best, it’s important to water your roses properly. Depending on whether your roses are planted in the ground or in a pot, there are a few different tips you can use to make sure they’re getting enough water.
Watering In-Ground Roses
In-ground roses need to be irrigated deeply and regularly in order to stay healthy. It’s best to water your roses in the morning, when the temperature is cooler and the water won’t evaporate as quickly. The amount of water you should give your roses depends on the soil type and the amount of rainfall in your area. In general, 1 to 2 inches of water per week is a good rule of thumb. If you’re not sure how much water to give your roses, stick your finger into the soil near the base of the rose bush and feel for moisture. If the soil feels dry, it’s time to water.
When watering your roses, it’s important to avoid wetting the foliage. Instead, water the soil around the base of the bush. This will help prevent fungal diseases from developing on the leaves. If you’re using a sprinkler, make sure to move it around so that all parts of the rose bush get an even amount of water.
Watering Potted Roses
Potted roses need more frequent watering than in-ground roses, since they’re in a more confined space and don’t have access to the same amount of soil moisture. The best way to water potted roses is to place the pot in a basin of water and let it soak for about 30 minutes. This will allow the water to penetrate the soil more deeply. Be sure to empty any excess water from the pot after you’re done watering to prevent the roots from sitting in water.
Potted roses should be watered at least once a week, but more often if it’s very hot or dry outside. Again, the best way to determine if your potted rose needs water is to stick your finger into the soil near the base of the bush. If the soil feels dry, it’s time to water.
Irrigating roses is an important part of keeping them healthy and beautiful. Whether you’re dealing with in-ground or potted roses, the key is to water deeply and regularly. By following these tips, you’ll be sure to have a beautiful rose garden for years to come. More links below:
UC Davis Agriculture Guide to Roses