How Often Do I Water Roses After Planting?

Last Updated on December 7, 2022 by Stephanie

Established roses require watering every week, with around 4 gallons during the growing season, however newly planted roses require more attention and care…

It is necessary to water your newly established or transplanted roses twice or three times a week during the first 4 weeks. Water Roses slowly making sure that the water is soaking into the soil and not flowing across the top. A generous layer of horse manure or leaf mould can help to retain the moisture in your rose and keep it well-hydrated after the planting.

The rose you just planted with at minimum 4 gallons straight following the planting. Continue by a schedule of 4 gallons twice or three times a week if the weather is hot or windy, you can do it 3-4 times per week.

Do not water the leaves. Instead, apply water to the bottom of the plant to avoid common diseases and pests such as powdery mildew, which tend to thrive in humid or moist conditions.

After approximately four weeks, the roses roots will be more solid and be able to pull moisture out of the soil more efficiently, after which you can return to thesoak and dry method of watering every week, which suits roses most.

If it has been more than 1 inch of rainfall during the week, then established roses wont require irrigation, however newly planted roses will require watering every week for the next 4 weeks, until they are established, regardless of the amount of rainfall.

Retain Water by Adding Mulch Around the Rose Bush

Applying a layer of mulch right after planting is a great way to ensure that your rose is well-hydrated and healthy.

Mulch is beneficial to newly planted roses due to many reasons:

  1. Mulch can retain moisture longer than most soils, preventing it from drying out before the roots have had a time to draw in moisture.
  2. A layer of mulch can aid in keeping the roots of the rose cool during summer months.
  3. When mulch degrades, it enhances the beneficial ecosystem of the soil, and also increases the fertility of the soil.
  4. Mulch improves the soils structure, allowing water to flow more efficiently towards the roots of the rose (rather than simply dripping across the top).

The most effective type of mulch to plant roses for the first time is leaf mould or decayed horse manure, as both are excellent at keeping water in and, over time, improving soil structure to allow water to easily penetrate the soil to get to the root.

They also help encourage the worms to create channels for drainage , and also create an area in the soil that allows new roses to develop and establish its roots , which will increasing the stability of the rose and resistance to drought.

Spread a 2-inch layer of soil around the base of the rose as soon as you can following the planting. Make sure to leave at minimum a 3 inch gap between the central rose canes since the wood above the ground is more prone to being exposed to moisture for prolonged time.

The mulching process will reduce weeds and improve the soils texture, which means that when weeds do start appearing, theyre much easier to rake or remove.

When Roses Need More Watering

There are a variety of situations that will need the watering of your rose more frequently than two times per week for a rose that has just been planted or the weekly timetable for watering a rose which has been in the ground to allow the roots to grow.

  • If the soil texture is sandy and extremely fine, then the water will penetrate too fast for the roses roots rose to absorb enough moisture
  • In the event that it has been extremely turbulent and your flower is fairly exposed and without shade, the water will be sucked out of the leaves and cause more transpiration, which can cause dryness and cause the rose to wilt.
  • If there have been many days of prolonged intense heat, it is recommended to take a break.
  • If the soil has been dried out by the sun and rain , or the water from the hose flows through the impermeable layer or into cracks, it is not fully soaking into the soil before getting to the roses roots.

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Watering Newly Planted Roses in Hot or Windy Weather

In the event that your weather is extremely dry, hot, or cold, then watering your roses early in the morning and twice during the week, with 4 Gallons of water, is the best method of operation.

The water around the base of the rose in the early morning, as the rate of evaporation will be less and it will also be infused with water prior to the intense scorching day that lies ahead.

Dont be enticed to give your roses a little water and frequently throughout the week. This is just an irrigation routine that roses dont like.

The roses love an enjoyable soak, but they prefer their roots to remain dry in between watering sessions or else, the constant exposure of moist soil to roots could cause root rot, which can kill the rose.

This is the reason roses appreciate the structure of soil and drainage, to ensure that water excess can be drained away from the roots , and the plant remains healthy.

The drying effect of windy weather is that it drys the moisture out of rose leaves, canes , and the soil more quickly than dry days, so if your rose is located in an area that is exposed it is essential to take care to treat the rose as though the climate is extremely dry. (4 Gallons of water every two days every week).

I suggest you protect your rose from windy conditions by using an natural wind break like conifers, or any plants that are sturdy and densely cultivated so that it can ward off the worst of the winds.

If you reside in a coastal or windy region, Regosa roses are the ideal choice because they are they are not just able to deal with the wind, but also to withstand the effects of salt sprays in the air. They are extremely drought-resistant, making them an ideal choice for those who are just beginning to grow roses.

Water Roses when the Soil is baked hard

This is a problem thats common that affects almost all rose-lovers during the summer when the sunlight is strongest.

The roses are awed by 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight each day, but this amount of heat and light can cause the soil to turn into an impenetrable, hard surface which water cant penetrate.

In these situations, the water usually flows off the surface or flows into holes in the ground that isnt likely to reach the roots.

Clay soils are especially prone to cracking and baking. To prevent this, youll require an annual mulch in mid-summer to counteract the drying effects from the sun.

Mulch can help keep the soil beneath it cooler and will also hold more water. As it deteriorates, the structure of the surface that the soil is going to change and the water will be better able to absorb into instead of flowing away.

It is equally important to ensure that you pour the water (or discharge the hose) in a slow manner. The soil will be irrigated quickly and this will increase the surface runoff, so the water gets being diverted to other areas.

A long, slow soak will soften soil and enhance its texture. It is more likely for water to penetrate and reach root systems through soil thats soft, as opposed to hard and cracked soil, therefore it is important to be patient when you are watering.

I prefer using a soaker hose if the soil is hard , as it needs a lot more liquid to loosen the soil. give it a thorough soak before it gets to the roots, that means you dont have to refill the watering container so often.

Watering Roses in Sandy Soil

While rosebushes require good drainage, they also require sandy, fine-textured soils are extremely porous can cause water to run away too fast before the roots have had a time to draw on the water.

In these circumstances, you might require soaking your roses two times a every week throughout the growing season. There is an article that details the best strategy for planting roses in soils that are sandy, that you can read here.

The roses that grow in sandy soil require special attention during hot weather, so be on the lookout for indications of wilting or stress (leaves becoming yellow, curling up, or drooping).

They also require an even and consistent system of mulching. By mulching the soil with lots in organic matter (ideally leaves mould, or well-rotted manure for soils with sandy conditions) you can alter the structure and properties of the soil to ensure that its more suitable for roses.

Organic materials have a much larger capacity to store more water than sandy soil, so the roots are able to access water whenever they require.

The mulch will degrade and then be pulled down by worms, ensuring that with time, the shape of the soil will change and the soil becomes much more fertile because the worms will concentrate the organic nutrients in the materials into an form which is easy to absorb by the roots that are the rosebushes.

Watering New Roses in Clay Soils

The watering of roses in soil that has a an excessive quantity of clay is difficult because not only does it become hard to bake in the summer, but it could also hold on to water for longer than other soil types.

When you plant roses that have just been planted in clay soil, youll need to be more vigilant in monitoring the moisture levels of the soil. If the water is taking longer to drain , then it might be advisable to water your rose just every week, even though it was planted recently.

The roses prefer the roots of their plants to dry out between watering sessions, and so a watering schedule of once per week could be enough. If you overwater the roots could be exposed to excessive humidity for long periods of time and the rose could be prone to root decay.

Check the moisture levels frequently and only water in the event that soil becomes dry.

For a complete guide to the care and planting of the roses that grow in soils made of clay,, check out my article here.

How to Test Soil Moisture

The most effective way to determine whether the roses require irrigation is by putting your finger in the soil surrounding the bottom of the flower. If you detect water in the soil up to 2 inches in depth, then the soil is moist enough to allow the rose to stay properly and well hydrated.

If you put your finger in the ground and it is dry and hard, then its moment to water.

It is important to emphasize that roses that are established, or roses that have been planted longer than 4 weeks prefer that the ground dry out between watering sessions. So when the soil appears to be dry after a week of watering, dont think that youre ignoring the rose.

If the weather isnt particularly humid or dry the roses will flourish by watering them every week.

You can also purchase an soil test kit that can test the soils pH (roses prefer slightly acidic soil) and the amount of sun (roses have a tendency to get six or more hours of sunlight every the day) and the soils moisture levels. The best part is that they are sold at a reasonable cost on Amazon.


A new rose should be watered twice every week with four gallons during the first 4 weeks after transplanting or planting is vital to ensure that your rose is healthy and well-hydrated.

The regular mulching is always a good idea on rose gardens of any soil kind. Mulch is especially useful to hold in water to ensure that the roses roots are able to draw on the moisture whenever they require.

Mulch can also help keep the soils surface soft and with the correct texture to ensure that water can effectively penetrate the soil the point where it is required.

This is why its important to mulch your roses after you have planted

In addition, mulch can provide nutrients to your soil, it will also reduce the growth of weeds which means youll have more time to, well…stop and take a deep breath!



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