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How to Care for a Rose Plant

Mary Smith
By Mary Smith. Updated: March 28, 2017
How to Care for a Rose Plant

Roses are some of the most common plants in homes and gardens, which is why you see them everywhere. Roses, with their unmistakable fragrance and diversity of colours, make them also a favourite for giving as gifts. Therefore, planting roses at home is a great idea, but you should know what care this plant needs. See this article for some tips on how to look after a rose.

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Steps to follow:


When it comes to properly looking after a rose, it is essential that it has sunlight at least 6 hours a day, including those roses that prefer the shade which need direct sunlight for 4-6 hours per day.

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Is necessary that the soil has good water drainage to prevent the accumulation of water, but it must also be able to retain some moisture. Thus, when planting a rose bush it is essential to choose a suitable substrate or prepare adequate drainage for the pot where you will place the plant.

How to Care for a Rose Plant - Step 2

Withered roses must be eliminated, so that you leave room for new roses. Thus, you should remove them when you see that they are drying and thus grow stronger roses.


One of the the most important things when it comes to looking after roses is proper pruning, so the rose will flourish more and have better health. They should be pruned in winter, when the plant is dormant, make sure it's done by February or March (in the northern hemisphere). For more information, take a look at our article on how to prune a rose bush.


Prune the roses with sharp scissors and cuts must be made in a biased way inward to help prevent water build-up and you also must try not to cut nodes to enhance growth.


It is also necessary to take preventive measures against pests that can affect your roses or the entire plant. Aphids and beetles are the most likely to affect your rosebush, therefore you must go to a specialized shop to buy products to keep pests at bay. Or, read our article how to keep pests at bay naturally for a more natural and less expensive approach.

How to Care for a Rose Plant - Step 6

When your rose blooms, cut your flowers to make a pretty bouquet. You can then place them in fresh water and have them bright up the room.

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