When caring for the Oklahoma rose bush, you'll need to know a few important things to keep it happy and healthy. If you have a well-established Oklahoma rose bush, then use these tips to care for them so they continue to grow beautiful, wonderful roses year after year.
Your Oklahoma rose bush shouldn't have any bad branches and if it does, you should get rid of them. On dead branches, there can no longer be any new growth, while for damaged and weak branches, new growth won't mean anything since they'll die soon enough. By getting rid of the bad branches, new, healthy ones can grow in their place, so you have a fully healthy and beautiful Oklahoma rose bush. Bad branches are also unsightly, making your rose bush less presentable.
Prune branches in the spring to promote new growth just in time for your Oklahoma rose bush's prime growing season in the spring and summer. Pruning in the winter can be dangerous for the freshly pruned branches which are exposed and sensitive to the elements. Be sure to prune early in the spring, but not so early enough that there's still cold weather. Once the weather is a bit warmer and won't dip down into freezing temperatures, you can start pruning.
When pruning, make sure to thin out some of your rose bush's branches to allow for better air circulation and let sunshine in. Branches that grow together will block sun and prevent good air flow through the plant. Also, if branches cross, they may rub up against each other and hurt each other, which won't be good for either branch.
Make sure you routinely check your rose bush for disease and bugs. If you spot any problems, get rid of the diseased and infested parts by cutting them off, and use fungicide as needed and bug spray so the bugs do not return. Diseases and bugs can compromise the health of your Oklahoma rose bush, and can kill your rose bush if not treated soon.
First, make sure your rose bush's soil is well drained so it's properly retaining moisture but not keeping water at the plant's roots. Water held at the plant's roots can drown the plant and cause disease. Since Oklahoma rose bushes constantly need moist soil, be sure to water your plant as needed to keep soil moist. Also, you should use mulch which helps in keeping the soil moist, shading it from hot sun and wind which can suck up moisture from the ground.
Add fertilizer to the soil in early spring and summer to promote strong and healthy growth during your Oklahoma rose bush's growing season. Make sure you know what type of fertilizer your Oklahoma rose bush needs since you don't want to feed it too much of the wrong nutrients, and you want to make sure you are providing the right nutrients for it to stay healthy.