Keep roses ravishing this season

Keep roses ravishing this season

Pike Nurseries experts share tips on caring for classic garden beauties!

ATLANTA (June 11, 2018) –  A romantic garden staple, roses are a welcome addition to any southern landscape. In order to ensure that they flourish at their finest, the experts at Pike Nurseries are dishing out a few easy tips and tricks to keep these blushing beauties blooming all season long! From classic red to pure white and nearly every other color in between, roses are elegant and easy to grow, especially when gardeners follow these few simple guidelines!

Tips for Caring for Roses

  • Water wisely
    Roses are actually waterwise and thrive with good soil drainage. Depending on weather and soil type, the experts recommend a deep watering that soaks the entire root zone once a week with supplemental watering during the summer months. To help decrease the risk of disease, water the soil rather than the foliage. For extra measure, add two to four inches of mulch around the base of the plant to conserve moisture and control weeds.
  • Simultaneously fertilize and prevent diseases
    Fertilizing is key to ensuring roses boast an abundance of blooms. To keep things simple, gardeners can prevent disease while also fertilizing the plants. The experts at Pike Nurseries recommend using the natural product Bayer All-in-One Rose and Flower Care to fertilize the roses while preventing fungal or insect issues, treating the plants about every two weeks. Gardeners often don’t realize that diseases can be spread with everyday tools! After pruning a diseased plant, be sure to sterilize the pruners with a bucket of water and a bit of bleach before moving on to healthy plants. Of course, planting disease-resistant varieties of roses will reduce the number of times treatment is needed.
    If roses present unknown problems, gardeners are encouraged to bring a photo or sample of the plant into any of the 18 Pike Nurseries locations, where the in-house experts can help identify the cause and find a solution.
  • Prime, prune and deadhead
    Maintenance pruning is necessary throughout the growing season to keep roses blooming steadily. Be sure to deadhead by picking off faded blooms, which will tell the plant to produce new flowers instead of wasting energy on spent blooms, stopping in late fall just before the first hard frost. Remove dead wood and shape the bush, cutting back stems that are not strong enough to support a new bloom (smaller than a pencil) to the main branch. Some types of roses, such as shrub and landscape roses like Knock Out and Drift varieties, thrive best when cut back about every six weeks.

For more information on roses and how to care for them, please visit or stop by any of the 18 Pike Nurseries locations and speak to the garden experts.

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Ever committed to its customers’ gardening success, Pike Nurseries takes pride in taking the guesswork out of gardening and helping its customers play in the dirt. Offering superior knowledge, quality and selection in a friendly, caring environment, Pike Nurseries has been an Atlanta icon for over 60 years.  Founded in 1958 by Pete Pike, its ability to adapt to market conditions and community needs has made it a respected Southern institution.  As Atlanta’s oldest garden chain, Pike Nurseries has 19 retail locations in the Atlanta, Ga. and Charlotte, N.C. areas. Led by President Monte Enright, Pike Nurseries looks forward to continued growth as it keeps Atlanta and Charlotte beautiful, one landscape at a time.

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