Iceberg Roses Not Blooming
YOUR ROSE QUESTION:
I planted iceberg roses bushes about 2 months ago (live in San Fernando Valley) California.
The bushes are healthy looking, but not blooming much.
Everything I read says that icebergs bloom profusely, so I am wondering why they are not.
They get afternoon sun and I water 2-3 times a week.
Also wondering, for when they do bloom, if you are supposed to deadhead them, and if so, how should that be properly done?
Thanks for any help you can give!
Hello! There are several reasons why your iceberg roses don't flower well.
I don't know how you planted them, but the soil in your area is very alkaline so the pH value could be off.
Check out my page about soil for roses.
Another reason is that roses prefer to start out with morning sun with a total of minimum 6 hours of daily sun exposure during the season.
Your afternoon sun exposure is not the optimum for flower production.
If you didn't amend the soil properly when planting it do so now after pruning later this months.
Add 50% of organic compost for roses and scratch in 1/2 a cup of Epson Salts.
Next time you plant roses, select a spot with lots of sun, and dig a hole 2 feet wide and deep and replace the soil in the hole with a couple of bags of Miracle Gro for Roses Soil.
Add a bag of organic compost for roses and Epson salts.
Water deeply and be sure water reaches the feeder roots.
Buy a Moisture Meter ($10) and stick it down in 3 places around the rose bush, to find out if the there is enough moisture down below.
Hope this helps you out. If you have any more questions, you can use the contact page again.
By the way I garden in Los Angeles.
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