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How to increase blooming in rose plants?

I have couple of rose plants kept in direct sunlight, it blooms once a month. I have added commercially available “rose food” a kind of organic fertilizer. even then it blooms once in a month. am watering alternate days. But when i bought the rose plants from the vendor, it had 3 rose buds and it was blooming for one week. then it started decreasing. I heard vendors use some enzyme / fertilizer to increasing blooming nature. Could you please get me the chemical name..

Thanks in Advance.


9 Responses to “How to increase blooming in rose plants?”

  1. Aubrey on April 23rd, 2010 7:46 pm

    water them more?…lol

  2. ? on April 23rd, 2010 7:48 pm

    I found this out by accident this year. I have struggled with roses for 15 years. They never seemed to do good no matter where I planted them or what I fed them. Then fire ants decided to build a nest directly underneath one of the bushes. Since the bush wasn’t doing so hot anyway, I let them be. The plant doubled in size in a very short time and new buds magically appeared. I came to the conclusion that roses don’t like well compacted soil.

  3. fluffernut on April 23rd, 2010 8:21 pm

    While I don’t recommend fire ants, the thought of a compacted soil keeping your roses from growing is right on. Roses need a high organic matter soil that is rich in oxygen…….which comes from digging very wide holes to fluff the soil before setting the rose in the middle. If you can fluff the soil around the roses…not too close and hurt roots…and add compost to increase organic matter, that may help. There’s also the question of the roots. If they were growing round and round inside the pot, they don’t unkink when you plant them in the ground. You have to cut the roots a bit to stop the circling.

    Other amendments you might try is a handful of Epsom salts next spring……a little magnesium may be just what the plant needs.

    The bloom cycle on hybrid teas is about 40 days, so blooming once a month is about right. You need more canes to get more roses. That comes with age and great growing conditions.

  4. Cakes on April 23rd, 2010 8:42 pm

    water Is necessary or blooms won’t open; every other day has to be Plenty.

    increasing bloom can be done Best by constant pruning. the plant cycles through and cycle ends if it thinks it is maturing a flower. so on the day that the flower opens fully is when you want to snip it off. if you wait one extra day then plant will begin a new cycle and you have to wait all over again.

    once a month was pretty good btw. so yay for that/you.

    here is a pic of where to snip:

    about nutrients. it is mainly a matter of phosphorus that u want but also a small amount of the other nutrients you need since plant has small amount of other mass to manufacture besides the flowers that are using phosphorus. example, lack of calcium can make whole tips of plant be dwarfed and unformed so platform FOR flowers is bad so flowers can’t form even if plant has plenty of phosphorus.

    only problem with most commercial foods is it has 3-7 nutrients instead of the 70 or so that a plant can use. like, i would be surprised if the rose food even has calcium in it. the Phosphorus you are getting yes, but no micronutrients.

    to get all micronutrients, kelp is a nice source; liquid or granular. u can also get micronutrients from compost or other natural materials but kelp is nice because it gets all the micronutrients from the land washed down to it/incorporated into it’s structure.

    but of course just use a little until u know if it will overdose when combined with what is already in pot. After existing nutrients are used up then you would have more leeway in adding organic (read diversified) nutrients.

    about special enzymes/fertilizers to add, one of them is B1 vitamin. can find in gallon bottle of concentrate at regular garden supply section. acts like an enzyme and like an acid Upon the other fertilizers/soil pieces But can only be used every so often for maximum effectiveness, like every 3-5 days, maybe try and experiment a little.

    but main thing is probably the pruning because she Is already growing pretty well it sounds like.

    here is rose info including link to list of 2way discussion forums:

  5. Jr on April 23rd, 2010 9:25 pm

    I have had a rose garden for 25 years. I have 60 bushes. I think I completely neglect them. I have gorgeous roses constantly. I think getting blooms on a stalk every month is normal. The only thing I do for my roses is to prune them in February severely. I also dead head them every time a bloom fizzles out. That’s the only pampering they get. I fertilize once a year, which I know is not enough, but hey they are doing fine. I don’t even have bugs. I water once a week by deep watering around the plants. I never had roses because I was under the impression that they were fussy. I met a woman who totally ignored her 200 plus plants except to prune them once a year. She had the most magnificent garden I’ve ever seen. That is when I started my rose garden. I live in Central California by the way and the air is mostly dry, and the plants are in full sun. Good luck to you.

  6. welz on April 23rd, 2010 10:07 pm

    Good answer Bob.

    The fire ants dug into the root ball of a rose in dense wet soils. The air that went into the ant tunnels added oxygen and the ant waste added nutrients to the root systems. In fact ants are host to many colonies of bacteria and fungi that are beneficial to plant growth.

    Fluffernut was right too.

    Organic matter helps. Yet pruning will not only help increase the number of blooms, but when done properly it will increase the size of the blooms.

    Remember. The bigger the stem diameter, the bigger the rose blossom.

    If the rose is in too much shade the blooms will be light, or small, or few now matter what you do. These roses need to be in DIRECT SUN for 6-8 hours a day.

    Conclusion: Blooms = 1. sunlight 2. pruning 3. soils/nutrition

    Dig it!

    Wells Rawls

  7. Just guessing on April 23rd, 2010 10:51 pm

    When you prune, clip off at a five leaf branch.

  8. meanolmaw on April 23rd, 2010 11:24 pm

    the use of plant growth regulators is pretty much something that only belongs to the growers…. we have a time getting the products… and really, few of them are meant for flower production, moreso for size and branching… the flowering follows naturally….but here’s some you could read up about…

    at home, the best we can do is like the others said, soil, water, food, light and pruning….

  9. blondie_vaughn on April 24th, 2010 12:21 am

    half cup of Tennessee Sipping Whiskey, one cup water, one
    tablespoon of Dawn Dish liquid, one birth control pill, any
    kind will work.
    Just be sure to borrow the birth control pill from a pregnant friend, or you won’t have time to tend your roses. My life long
    friend’s 80 year old mother gave me the recipe.

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