How are you taking care of your roses? There are over one hundred and fifty existing rose species. The first cultivation began close to five thousand years ago. However, rose bushes can be unproductive with time. For the modern varieties, they grow up to ten years, while the older ones grow up to fifty years or more.
Roses are used widely across the world in different activities. Whether it is decorating the living room or creating a beautiful pole saw, roses are clearly diverse and elegant flowers. In this case, if you grow roses or have plans of doing so, there is one important factor to always remember! The more a rose lives, the more attention it requires to produce new and healthy growth. Besides, for a neglected old rose, you may probably consider giving it more special attention to ensure its survival.
Various Ways on How to Revive Roses
- Dip pruning and lopping shears in alcohol
- Checking for symptoms of insects and diseases
- Aerating the soil surrounding the rose
- Using a testing kit, measure the pH level
- Giving the rose supplemental water weekly
- Tools that you might require
Dip Pruning and Lopping Shears in Alcohol
You are required to clean your pruning and lopping shears, but how do you do so? Through the use of alcohol, you provide them with the best cleaning ingredient. The pruning exercise is also quite easy!
Remove about a half of the aged, huge and barky canes by cutting them at their base. Minimize the number of canes by close to a growth of two-thirds. Go on and head the younger canes, preferably at half their heights by making a quarter inch cuts at a forty-five degrees angle. Remove the weak suckers, canes and all other canes that cross the rest.
Checking For Symptoms of Insects and Disease
To identify the signs of disease in your rose plantation, here are some of the things to observe:
- Dropped leaves
- Discolored leaves
- A discolored or damaged bark
- Presence of spots on the leaves
If you notice either of the above in your rose plantation, immediately remove the infected parts. The next step is to apply a fungicide following the directions of manufacturers and other local regulations. In the case of insects, remove and destroy the egg masses.
We have noticed that in roses; expect huge numbers of caterpillars, aphids, slugs, and other different insects. By following the package instructions, use insecticidal soap to cure insect infestations.
Aerating the Soil around the Rose
Begin at around one foot away from the base of the rose plant. Stick a garden fork in the ground and move it back and forth so as to loosen the soil. Repeat the process in a three feet area in diameter. Take care of the rose plant as well as the roots while conducting the exercise.
Using a Testing Kit, Measure the pH Level
We found out that roses need pH level of between six to seven. How then do you control this level? The answer is rather simple. To decrease the pH, apply elemental sulfur. To raise the pH, use agricultural lime.
However, there is one point to always consider. Always follow the package instructions for the amount needed to each point per pH.
Give the Rose Supplemental Water Weekly
Older plants need up to eight gallons of water every week. However, if your soil is dry, or drains water pretty quickly, it’s advisable to add supplemental water twice in a week. While watering your roses, here are some brief steps to follow:
- Take a bucket and fill it with water
- Keep it a cool, dry place
- Wait until it reaches an approximate air temperature
- Proceed on to watering the rose
Tools That You Might Require
The whole process of reviving roses requires specific gardening tools. For example, use of a pitchfork. This is a tool used a lot in farming, whether it’s planting a crop of garlic or tomatoes, it is quite essential in the garden. Other tools include pruning shears, gloves, fungicides, insecticides, a bucket, rake, lime or sulfur, and bone meal.
The process of reviving your roses is rather simple and all it requires is following the right procedure. Also, similar to other garden activities such as mowing the lawn, it is necessary to use the right tools. The above steps are sure to help any gardener to have increased old and unproductive rose plants. We hope that the information shared has been of great use to you!
However, as we have mentioned pruning, do you know the right time to prune your rose plantation?