Get more boom out of blooms by fertilizing roses and deadheading flowers. Did you also know regular feeding improves overall health, so flowers are better able to resist diseases and pests? Roses and perennials bloom even more if you cut off flowers as they fade.
Feed Roses to Get More Blooms:
- Start fertilizing roses when you see new growth.
- Pick a rose fertilizer that contains a balanced mixture of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. All-in-one fertilizers help control pests and diseases. Time-release granular fertilizers gradually add nutrients over several months.
- Lightly water around the base of roses before applying a fertilizer.
- Follow directions for amount to apply. Use a trowel to lightly work fertilizer into the soil.
- Feed every 4-6 weeks, or as directed.
- Water thoroughly after fertilizing.
Deadhead Roses and Perennials:
- Wear sturdy gloves when working with roses.
- Use a sharp pair of hand pruners for a clean cut.
- Deadhead perennials and annuals by cutting or pinching off faded blooms. For tall-stemmed perennials, snip at the base of the plant’s stem.
- Avoid removing leaves since they provide nutrients for future blooms.
- Make this task effortless by doing a little each day.