Fertilizing Roses - Knowledgebase Question

La Mirada, CA
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Question by TDMEASURE
November 4, 1997
I am new gardener with a not-so-new garden. Existing shrub roses bloomed in early spring and not since. Do they need fertilizing? Also have a tea rose in a container recently transplanted, when do I fertilize it?

Answer from NGA
November 4, 1997
Your shrub rose is probably a type that blooms once a year, rather than one that blooms more or less continuously; if the plant looks generally healthy then the flowering cycle is probably not due to a nutrient deficiency.

Plan to fertilize your roses in the spring. You can mulch your plants with compost and/or fertilize using a water soluble fertilizer. Always water the plants well after fertilizing.

Be sure to keep roses bushes watered during dry spells.

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