What To Do If Your Garden Roses Never Bloom


Gardening is a rewarding hobby, but it can be challenging to keep your garden roses blooming. Over the years, I’ve learned that there are several things you can do to help make your garden roses bloom year round. Here are my tips for keeping your flowers blooming all season long:

Select healthy plants

The first thing to do is to select healthy plants. A healthy plant will grow better and bloom more than a stressed one, so look for plants that are not stressed. If you aren’t sure if a plant is stressed, it can be helpful to check the leaves:

  • Healthy leaves are green and don’t have any brown spots (this is especially important when buying roses because many roses will turn brown as they age)
  • Stressed plants will have droopy or curling leaves
  • Stressed plants may also have yellowing or brown splotches on their leaves

If you find yourself with an unhealthy or stressed garden rose, there are several things that you can do:

Get the right mix of sun and shade

  • Getting the right mix of sun and shade can make all the difference in your garden’s appearance. The amount of sunlight that your roses will need depends on their type, so it’s important to know which ones you have. For example, a hybrid tea rose is happier with full sun exposure whereas a floribunda rose would prefer partial shade.
  • If you’re not sure what kind of garden rose you have but want to maximize blooms this summer, stick it out in its current location until it blooms again next year. Then check back in after winter arrives and take note of how much light there is at different times during each day — morning or afternoon? Early or late? If possible, consider moving the plant into an area where there’s more afternoon shade than morning light for optimal bloom production next season!

Prune your roses

Pruning is perhaps the most important thing you can do for your garden roses. Pruning your roses will encourage new growth, which results in more flowers. It’s important to prune your roses at the right time of year and to remove only what is necessary; there are three main types of pruning that should be done throughout the growing season:

  • March/April – Remove dead or diseased parts from the plant, such as leaves that have fallen off and stubs where flower buds were once attached. You may also want to take this opportunity to trim back hard shoots that could potentially damage other plants or even people walking through your garden.
  • June/July – Cut out old stems (which may look like small twigs), then select two strong stems per bush that you want left intact throughout winter months (these will become next year’s leaders). Remember if you want more than one flower per stem then make sure they’re evenly spaced apart from one another on both sides before cutting them back so they don’t grow too close together later down their lengths.”


There are two major fertilizing times for your roses: spring and summer. In the springtime, you should fertilize with a balanced fertilizer. You can find these at any garden store or nursery, but if you’re looking for one that is especially safe for your roses and won’t burn their roots, look for something labeled “rose food.”

It’s important to follow the directions on the package when applying fertilizer, as they vary depending on the type of fertilizer you use. However, here are some general guidelines:

  • Fertilize in early spring before new growth begins in your garden (this happens between February and May depending on where you live).
  • Apply again after flowering has finished so that the plants have plenty of energy stored up to help them grow next year’s blooms. This usually occurs from June through September depending on where you live.[3]

Know what soil you have and amend if needed

First, you’ll want to understand what type of soil you have. You can do this by testing the pH of your soil or by using an online tool like this one from the University of Florida Extension office. The pH is a measure of how acidic or alkaline your soil is and should be between 6.5 and 7.5 (pH 4-6 is considered acidic; 7-8 neutral; 8-10 alkaline). If it falls outside of those ranges, there may be issues with nutrient availability (too much acidity) or toxic levels of minerals in the ground (too much alkalinity).

Follow these steps and you should be able to keep your roses blooming all year long.

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We hope we’ve given you all the information you need to keep your roses blooming. If all else fails, just remember that there are many varieties of rose and not every plant will work in every situation. If you have questions or need more help with your garden, please feel free to contact us at 1-800-ROSES-123 and we would be happy to assist!

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