LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- THV's lifestyle guru Chris H. Olsen with Botanica Gardens shares great tips for caring for your roses, and a fun way to repurpose glass lanterns.
Caring for Roses Is Easier than You Think
The last thing you need in your hectic day is a high-maintenance flower in your garden. Fortunately, caring for roses is not as complicated as it is often thought to be. With a little extra attention to feeding, watering and pruning, roses will transform and elevate your garden, whether you're working with easy-to-grow miniature roses, shrubs or the more challenging climbing varieties.
Watering Your Roses
Roses crave sunlight and generous helpings of food and water. In most climates, provide at least six hours of sunlight per day. If you live in a very hot climate, plant them where they are shaded from the hot afternoon sun. When watering, water at the base of the plant, and provide about an inch of water per week. Using a soaker hose is ideal for roses because it delivers water directly to the roots and keeps the leaves dry. It's also best to water in the morning, so if the leaves do get wet they will have plenty of time to dry.
Feeding Your Roses
Roses should be fed in the early spring just as their leaves begin to grow. Roses that bloom continuously are hungry and benefit from nourishment, so feed your roses every 2 weeks with a water soluble rose food. I also use a slow release as well.
Pruning Your Roses
For roses that bloom continuously, removing faded blossoms will encourage your rose bushes to produce more flowers. Snip off the spent flowers below the bloom just above the first leaflet. Since leaves are the energy factories for your roses, leaving the foliage intact will result in more flowers. Stop removing faded blooms in early fall to encourage your rose bush to prepare for winter. If you grow roses that flower in clusters, like the grandiflora or floribunda types, you?ll notice a center bud that tends to dominate the cluster and flower first. If you remove it, the result will be a full floral spray without a hole in the center. Removing the center bud also helps prevent fungal diseases. On the other hand, if you grow hybrid tea roses, removing the buds that form below the flower bud at the top of stem will produce a larger flower.
Re-Purposing Glass Lanterns
So many of us have or have seen glass lanterns used with candles outdoors. Unfortunately, with the summer heat, candles will melt. So why not use your lanterns in a different way. I like to fill mine with an assortment of different garden accessories such as old garden hand tools, small pots, and even glass spheres. Since most lanterns have vent for air circulation, then go ahead and plant a potted plant in the lantern as an outdoor terrarium. Clay pots look the best when planted with a variety of different foliage plants such as sun coleus and colorful lime and variegated oregano and sage plants.