How To Care For Your Roses During Spring

Spring is, without a doubt, definitely here! If you’re a rose enthusiasts like me, well, I’ve got a question for you. Do you know how to care for your roses during spring? Do you know how to prevent fungi/blackspots to your beloved roses? because, when the rain starts falling and the sun starts shining, roses will start needing some tlc.

Roses can be finicky to care with. In fact, a lot of people don’t like planting roses because they think that roses are hard to maintain, plus the added thorns that can prick you anytime. In my experience, roses can be carefree or disease-free depending on their kind. While there are definitely some fussy roses, ultimately each and every rose needs care and maintenance to maintain its healthy bloom and growth. Caring for your roses need not be tedious and time-consuming. Here are short simple steps on how I care for my roses during Springtime.  Read and learn if you don’t want to get zero in the exam. 🙂


caring for roses during spring



Step 1: Fertilize.

Any fertilizer that works specifically for roses will do. If you can find fertilizer that’s more on the acidic side, then that would be great. Even a soil acidifier will work. Know why? because roses are like Azaleas, Rhododendrons, Hollies, Camellias or Hydrangeas. They thrive on acidic soil. Fertilizers like Holly-tone or Jobe’s Organics, even Scott’s Rose & Bloom, like the one I’m using here will do just fine. You can also maintain it with Miracle-Gro Rose Plant Food. Follow manufacturer’s directions on how much you should put in each rose. You usually don’t have to put much (around a dime size) and you may repeat fertilizing after 2 or 3 months, even longer.

spring care for roses

rose fertilizer



Step 2: Prune.

Prune dead branches or stems that had died from last winter. If you don’t, they will become zombies. 🙂 When pruning, make a slant cut just above the bud eye. What are bad bud eyes?  It is the area on the stem where branching  occurs. In other words, look for a “pimple” on the stem, got it? I recommend using Corona pruning shears, as they’re easier to use, sharper, ergonomic and i love the spring mechanism on their shears. After cutting, cover the freshly cut stems of the roses with wood glue like this. I prefer waterproof ones, to avoid cane borers from entering and boring through the stems.

pruning a rose

deadheading a rose

gluing a rose branch



Step 3: Spray.

Spraying is very important. It prevents a lot of future rose issues like black spots, rusts, powdery mildew, insects, etc… The most important and the most difficult rose disease to control is black spot. I’ve seen it, I’ve had it in my roses too. You’ll definitely know it when you see it, if you’ve never had one. Your roses will have black spots all over their leaves and trunks, like some kind of alien invasion. What I like to use at the beginning of spring is to spray them with either Banner Maxx, Honor Guard or Patch Pro. After 2-3 weeks, I spray them with Green Cure. I’ll then be using Green Cure to spray my roses every 2-3 weeks as maintenance. During the fall, I spray them with either Banner Maxx, Honor Guard or Patch Pro again, for the final spraying of the season. Now, if your roses are already inflicted with the deadly black spot. Use Mancozeb mix together with Immunox to resuscitate your plant.

Mancozeb leaves a yellowish gross stain on the leaves of the roses, you need to mix it with Immnunox to lessen the stain.

fungicidal for roses


A happy healthy garden contributes to a happy life. Have a wonderful spring everyone! Go and smell the roses. P.S. It’s Mr. Travelocity, the wandering gnome. 🙂



Mister Lincoln Hybrid Tea Rose

Whaddup 7 Up! The rose that I’m gonna talk about today is a rose named after my great, great, great grandfather, twice removed then added.  He’s none other than my beloved grandpa Abe. Lol! joke! ambitious b*tch! I’m just kidding…hahaha

This rose, Mister Lincoln, is named in honor of President Abraham Lincoln. A beautiful hybrid tea rose that sets the standard for the ideal red fragrant roses out there.


mister lincoln rose


Gorgeous beyond your wildest dreams! This rose boasts a big, beautiful, high-centered blooms, in fact, the biggest blooms I’ve ever seen. It has velvety petals and has long stalks. It has one of the deepest darkest green foliage that’s quite resistant to blackspot and powdery mildew. Its citrusy fragrance will make you smelling for more.


rosa mister lincoln


The flower itself sports striking red petals, although, one caveat, this rose may turn pink or slightly pink if you plant it in clayish (alkaline soil). Not a big deal if the slight color change won’t bother you. For me, it slightly does, but what I do is I usually put some flower food or try to acidify the soil so as not to completely change the petal’s color.


mr lincoln rose


Another thing to pay attention is that this rose tends to open fast under direct bright sun. Its buds may not stay close for some time, but its scent stays forever in your garden. The plant is about 1 meter or more in height and is hardy from zone 5 to 9. It tends to bloom early summer ’till early fall.


If there’s one rose that I would not be tempted to euthanize and would want to keep planting, it’s probably this one. This is a delight to have and is sure to brighten your garden.



Sweetness Grandiflora Rose

Where have all the flowers gone? (Long time passing.)

Where have all the flowers? indeed…I can’t wait for winter to be ovah! so I can start seeing my beautiful roses coming back to life! In my attempt to be a “wannabe” rosarian, I managed to grow about 20 plus roses in my yard. It’s not that difficult to grow them, as some may say. The most important thing to know is that these plants need full sun. Breasts don’t grow in shade girl, like Joan Rivers said, therefore, ergo, (this is hard logic, ok?) plant your roses in full, hot, burning sun!. 🙂 They also need regular soaking/watering and regular maintenance care from rusts, blackspots, fungi, cane borers, slugs and some other animals who may want to have them for a buffet.

One of my most favorite rose in the garden is the one that looks very different from the rest. Its color is peculiar, which makes it a real standout.


rosa sweetness


Pretty and unique, this rose is called Sweetness by Jackson & Perkins. Bred from the Lagerfeld rose with Melody Parfumee. It’s a grandiflora with light purple or light lavender petals that comes slightly white as a rose bud. It has an ovoid shape, pointed and high-centered. It’s probably around 4.5″ in flower bloom size, and really goes into full bloom during early to late summer. It’s hardy from zone 5-10, and the entire plant grows to about 5 ft in height. What I love about this is its strong strong citrus scent. It’s strong enough that you can smell it as you approach the plant.


rosa sweetness


This rose is a grandiflora so it’s high-stemmed and blooms in clusters. It also has a dark green foliage that’s quite healthy and seemed to resist dark spots better compared to other roses. However, you still need to spray. Remember kids, an ounce of prevention is better than a pound cake of cure.


rosa sweetness


If you’re familiar with the fussy “Angel Face” rose, this one’s a good alternative. They may differ with the form of their petal’s edge, but this one won’t disappoint. Speaking of disappointment, I once had an Angel Face rose, but it’s so fussy that it got sick, stopped blooming and eventually died. I tried planting it the second time, but still, the same thing happened. So I euthanized it and off it went to the dumpster. So long…good riddance!


If you want big striking lavender-mauve rose that’s not that fussy to grow, quite disease resistant and has strong fragrance, this rose should definitely be in your garden.


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