No water no rose
; all you end up with is a dry stick! As with all things living the humble rose needs water to survive...
Here are some common ground rules:
- When first planting, roses need more water, and regularly, especially in hot conditions
- Examine the soil; if its sandy and loamy then water more often than if it’s a mainly clay base.
- Even if it rains note that it’s best to water often to ensure they don’t dry out
- Cover the entire root area well when watering; a slight sprinkle is just not effective
- Check the soil and dig down a little, say 3 inches, to see if the soil is moist. If not, water more
- To help avoid disease water the soil, not the leaves except see below
- In very hot and sunny conditions watering early in the morning from overhead is beneficial for the entire plant. Only do this if your rose is free of black spot and make certain it’s early enough so the plant has time to dry completely during the day.
Rose Black Spot
Theoretically, you can’t overwater a rose. Of course, if you have no sun and steady rain for ten days, your roses won’t be thrilled, but if drainage is good, the extra water usually won’t hurt them, either
Having said that, err on the side of caution. For example, don’t water if you have had rain for several days in a row, but again, if the drainage is very good then feel free to water well, often it is recommended to use some mulch around the newly laid root. It looks good, retains water and keeps the weeds at bay.
Create a watering schedule and stick to it. Watering once every five or six days is adequate in most conditions, but obviously if very dry change that to every two or three days.
Be sure to examine the plant and the soil regularly; check three inches down to examine the moisture content, and if bone dry water immediately
Watch the foliage. If it’s dropping, this is not good as the plant is already suffering and watering may revive, but make sure it’s done quickly .
Depth is also a consideration. You must water so that the entire root zone will receive coverage which in reality could mean to a depth of eighteen inches. Getting to this depth will depend on the soil type but that’s what will need to be achieved.
The soil probe is a hollow tube approximately three foot long and an inch wide. It allows you to take a soil sample for examination to the depth of at least eighteen inches.
Another tool for your armoury is the rain gauge. This tells you how much rain has fallen in a particular area, allowing you to accurately assess the amount of watering required.
There are several methods to effectively water your roses. Remember the objective here is to water the roots at a continuous and steady pace
Create a basin of soil around the plant and fill on a regular basis, making certain the basin is large enough to cater for the plant’s needs. It should be at least twenty inches wide for new plants and at least thirty six inches for a large, mature rose.
Simply review the many types in your local garden centre to what suits your needs in terms of cost and the area to cover.
Ideal for dry summers. This is a feed system that drips or sprays water on to the soil at a slow speed so that the soil can absorb it effectively. They are designed to water a specific targeted area, thus weed growth is minimised.