Fertilizing roses will ensure their well-being by providing the right amount of nutrients, thereby allowing plants to become more beautiful and vigorous.
A brief overview
The rose is an ornamental flower that belongs to the Rosaceae family and can boast many different types. Among the most famous, we mention the common Rosa Canina, the Gallica, the Pendulina and the Glauca.
Each of these varieties satisfies the tastes of many lovers of roses and floriculture.
The famous José Santos Chocano, in the book entitled "The city of iron", expressed himself in this magnificent flower: "a city is not worth more than a rose garden". Had he been wrong?
Roses adapt to different types of environment as long as they are well fertilized and cared for. They should be planted during the autumn season or towards the end of the winter season.
This splendid plant, as well as a decorative element for garden environments, thanks to its innumerable properties is also used fruitfully in many other sectors, such as cosmetics, medical or food.
This flower, as already mentioned, adapts perfectly to any type of soil. The determining factor in this sense consists in a good soil processing and, of course, in a correct and balanced fertilization.
Fertilizing your roses is in fact a simple operation but must be carried out with great care. So to get some more information you can be useful when you decide to decorate your garden or your terrace with the flower par excellence.
If you are going to plant your roses in containers or jars, you should keep in mind that fertilization should be done regularly to supplement those nutrients that in a similar location have a tendency to run out after some time. This happens because of the reduced volume of soil in which the plant's roots can extend. What little land they have available is immediately used by the roots to draw nourishment with an impressive voracity. On the other hand, plants also need to eat, right? Integrate nutrients regularly and avoid unpleasant fading and loss of vigor.
The same applies to roses planted in the garden. Yes, because it is good to keep in mind the fact that the earth does not host inexhaustible quantities of nutrients.
In both cases, therefore, you feed the soil within the first year of life (and in any case also during the preliminary phase, even before planting the flower), with abundant and proportionate amounts of organic fertilizer, better if horse manure because it is more famously performance compared to the bovine one (which anyway is fine) and the pork one (strongly discouraged).
Subsequently, when more than a year has elapsed, it will be possible to carry out only a few interventions in this sense, and mainly two in different seasons: one during spring and the other in autumn.
If you have decided to plant your roses in pots, in virtue of the discourse concerning the limited volume of the earth that it is possible to contain in these containers, it will be necessary to use inorganic type fertilizers both for the spring intervention and for the autumn one.
If instead you had instead a garden or a piece of land to be used as a rose garden, then it is advisable to use a chemical type fertilizer for operations to be carried out during the spring season (from the month of February until the beginning of March ), while the use of organic-organic (manure) assisted by an inorganic slow-release soil conditioner for autumn intervention (to be understood, under normal conditions, between the end of October and late November).
In the care and preservation of your rose plants the operation of mulching is very important, which will serve to counteract the deleterious effects of frost on the roots. Therefore proceed as follows: spread the manure close to the base of the plants and cover the whole with a thick layer of soil. Of course there are different methods for mulching, but this method is simple, natural, fast and effective.
Final touches: useful tips for fertilizing roses
When choosing the organic fertilizer you must consider the health of your plant as well as the condition of the soil. Yes, because these factors can determine the different quantities and quality of fertilization. For example, since the nitrogen in the composition of the soil is to a lesser extent, the fertilizer that you will use will have to repair this deficiency by reducing the other substances, namely potassium and phosphorus, to a reduced extent.
It is good to know that the rose plant, like the other plants of the botanical ecosystem, feeds on macroelements and microelements absorbing them in a heterogeneous way. Above all, it will prefer macroelements, such as the aforementioned nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, while microelements, such as copper or iron, will be absorbed in smaller quantities.
Another simple and convenient possibility is the one that foresees the use of fertilizer to be dissolved in water by watering. First of all take care of the irrigation and proceed with watering with fertilizer.