How to Get More (Increase) Rose Blooms

Last Updated on August 4, 2022 by Stephanie

To increase the number of roses blooming make sure to plant them in a good soil that retains moisture and then place the rose in at least six hours of sunlight. Make use of a granular, rose-specific fertilizer to give the proper amount of nutrients for better blooming. Cut back and deadhead roses regularly throughout the summer months to encourage the growth of flowers.

Continue reading to learn how to encourage more blooms that last longer to ensure that your rose will bloom throughout the summer, spring and into the Fall…

Use the Right Fertilizer to Increase Rose Blooms

It is essential to apply fertilizer for the most beautiful appearance of your flowers, as roses are large feeders. One of the biggest dangers to the blooms of roses is applying excessive fertilizers. When you use too much fertilizer, the high concentration of nitrogen can trigger lots of lush green foliage growth , rather than blooms.

The new growth that is excessively large is more prone to diseases, pests, frost damage , and produces less flowers, which is why its so crucial to choose the correct amount of fertilizer in order for the roses to bloom further.

Utilizing a granular fertilizer in the spring and later in the summer, it releases nutrients slowly into the soil throughout the time of the season instead of in one go like the use of a liquid fertilizer.

This allows the roots to absorb the necessary nutrients needed to aid in flower development. It also reduces the chance of using a excessive amounts of fertilizer, which could hinder your rose from flowering.

(Read my article on what is the reason the rose that I have not been able to bloom? for a troubleshooting manual).

What kind of fertilizer should you use for your rose? I know youre asking! If you arent sure, choose an appropriate fertilizer for roses as shown in the photo. This will help you to be more precise and eases the burden of deciding which fertilizer to apply.

Personally, Ive tried several rose fertilizers available that are available and have the best results using Miracle-gro, a granular fertilizer that gives an impressive display of flowers (and an incredibly healthy and robust rose) each year.

Potted roses require a constant application of fertilizer since their roots will deplete their soils of nutrition if theyre within the same container for an extended period of time (Read my article on selecting the most suitable containers for your roses).

Prepare the Soil and Add Mulch to get More Rose Blooms

A well-groomed soil is essential to a beautiful rose that will produce many flowers.

Prior to planting roses, it is recommended to amend the area of planting by adding lots of organic matter such as compost or leaf mold, or even well decayed manure as these substances provide the best soil conditions for roses since they can hold moisture . The porous, flexible structure allows the excess liquid to evaporate, preventing the soil becoming boggy, which can cause root rot.

pink roses in a spray on bush

If you have sandy soil or clay that is heavy It is crucial that you amend your soil before planting because sandy soil is prone to drying out too fast and doesnt retain nutrients, whereas clay that is heavy can hinder the roots establishment and can bake hard under the summer sun, which reflects water away from the soils surface instead of infiltrating it into the soil to reach the root.

You may want to consider the possibility of transplanting your rose (ideally in the spring or fall) If its performing poorly due to poor soil conditions.

Make the soil more compact to an 18-inch depth to allow the roots to grow to their in their full size when they reach the time of. Compost leaves, leaf mold, and well decayed manure also have an abundance of nutrients, which help make the appearance of your roses with more flowers.

In the spring, add mulch for more roses Apply a 2 inch layer of mulch on the top of your soil around the rose bush, but leave an area of 3 inches around the rosewood (avoid touching the rosewood because any wood above ground doesnt like to come into contact with a constantly moist surface).

This should be done at the beginning of spring to help preserve moisture during the summer heat. This will also help to keep your roots cool, and also add nutrients to help your rose to show more flowers during the summer.

Mulch is also a source of nutrients for the soil ecosystem, which break the organic material into a chelated version that makes it more palatable for roses roots to absorb and provides the ideal conditions for roses to bloom more.

To earn bonus points, make sure to mulch your rose once more before the winter season, as this will help to protect your roots against freezing temperature, which helps them grow and your rose will often get an early start in spring.

Locate Roses in Full sun for More Flowers

The longer the hours of sunshine the rose enjoys, and the greater number of flowers that it will display.

The suns rays stimulate flower buds growth and provides your roses with energy it requires to show more flowers.

The ideal roses require at least 6 hours of sunshine each day, that is why they bloom more during summers with plenty of sunshine. Certain years are more cloudy conditions in the spring, which result in less flowers since Spring is the time to begin the growth of rose buds. This is why there is a significant variations in the amount the rose bush blooms.

If your rose isnt situated in a sunny area then the best thing you can do is to transplant it to a place that is in direct sunlight for at least six hours per day. The ideal time to plant roses is in the early spring or fall so that the roots can grow in the new place without the need to battle summer heat.

Alternately, trim any hanging branches or trees that are putting on too much shade over your rose.

If youre planting several roses, place them three feet apart to ensure that they do not deprive another of sunlight. This increases airflow, thereby decreasing the chance of developing fungal diseases. This will also permit you to move around your roses while pruning without getting injured by thorns!

Roses Flower on New Growth (Prune in Late Winter to get More Flowers)

Pruning during the winter months of late Winter (February/March) can stimulate the development of new stems and branches that the flowers can be presented. Pruning on a regular basis also stops the rose from becoming sagging and ineffective.

The old, leggy growth will not bloom as quickly which is why it is important to do annual pruning.

Remove any dying branches and replace them with the healthy growing (or the the crown) in order to increase air circulation and encourage the growth of new branches.

But a word of caution The vast majority of modern ornamental bush roses offered in garden centres bloom on the new growth of the season The heirloom climbing roses, as well as shrub roses bloom on old growth, and should be cut immediately after flowering. Find out the specific species of climbing rose if arent sure.

I highly recommend you watch this YouTube video to get a fantastic visual tutorial for how to prune roses to make room for more blooms:

Regular Deadheading Spent Blooms Increases Flowers

Deadheading regularly the flowers that have been used encourages the growth of fresh flowers that can be mege!

If you dont deadhead roses, the energy from the rose is put into producing the seeds of roses (rose hips) after which the rose will stop producing more flowers because the task of creating seeds has been completed.

Regular deadheading helps redirect the roses energy from creating rose hips to the display of more flowers, so that your rose blooms often and lasts longer.

When the roses begin to appear worn out, cut them off using pruners. This will improve the appearance of the roses and ensures that the rose flowers throughout the season.

Regular deadheading can keep roses flowering well into Fall.

Moist Soil Stimulates More Flowers

The roses bloom to their maximum potential in full sun , with their roots planted in cool, soil that is moist.

The roses actually are in a large demand for water during the spring and summer months when new growth is beginning to emerge and they are forming flower buds.

To enhance the quantity of your rose flowers bloom and to determine how long they last , it is essential to keep the surrounding soil moist. This is accomplished through:

  • Incorporating organic matter prior to planting (compost) because this will retain plenty of water.
  • Applying mulch in the Spring.
  • The roses should be watered once per week, if there was less than 1 inch of rainfall over the past 7 days.

If the roses are suffering from stress from drought, the buds might not open correctly and the existing blooms may drop and die faster.

My roses are watered using an hose every week during the hot months of summer, giving them a good soak.

Make sure to water the rose thoroughly. This encourages the roots of the rose to expand deeper into the soil, allowing them to get access to water, which improves the resistance of the rose to drought. Additionally, an expansive root system will have greater access to nutrients.

This will ensure an energised, healthier rose with all the necessary resources to last longer.

(Read my article on how best you can water your roses for additional watering tips).

Treat Pests Quickly to Increase Flowering

Make sure to check the rose for insects like aphids frequently. Aphids consume the sap of the newly formed blooms of roses during Spring or Summer, and in particular the buds that are developing.

They are more common in roses that have been fertilized. Fertilizer can cause the roses become more sappy and loose, therefore, make sure to apply a rose-specific fertilizer that is granular!

Aphids can damage the potential for bloom of your roses, so removing them is crucial. There are a variety of methods to get rid of aphids, but the most effective and fastest method is to simply take them off by hand.

They are stopped from moving forward and causes the aphid colonies to release a stress-inducing that actually draws the naturally predators for aphids, such as ladybirds.

If the rose is treated, it will grow back and may even flower after the problem was treated in that particular season.

Aphids are likely to be found everywhere in your garden, regardless of what, however they are controlled by predatory insects like ladybugs.

Key Takeaways:

  • To encourage more blooms of roses, apply a granular fertilizer which is specially designed specifically for roses since they have the proper amount of nutrients needed for roses to show more flowers. Roses can be planted in full sun and water them regularly during Summer and deadhead spent blooms throughout the year to encourage blooms.
  • To increase the number of flowers to bloom, make sure you plant your roses in full sunlight. They require at least six hours of direct sunlight in order to show a large amount of flowers. The suns rays stimulate flower buds growth and provides your roses with vitality so that it can show more flowers. Roses dont bloom well in shade.
  • Prune roses every year in the the latter part of Winter to keep roses from becoming sagging. Pruning every year helps encourage new growth in the spring, when the flowers are presented.
  • Deadheading the stale blooms of roses diverts the energy of the rose away from the production of rose hips to produce more flowers.
  • Every week, water roses in summer with an adequate soak to ensure that the that the soil remains evenly wet, and to provide the ideal conditions for the roses to show flowers that last for a longer time.


Went from an inexperienced gardener to a half-decent one over 10+ years. I cover anything from general indoor plant guides and lawn care, to succulents and flowers. Super happy to share my tips and tricks with you :)