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Rock Rose Plant (Cistus) : Full Care Guide

What are rock rose plants, first and foremost, before we discuss how to care for them? What are they used for, exactly?

The rock rose plant (scientifically known as Cistus) is a medium-sized shrub that is easy to care for and is often used as a ground cover.

From May through September, plant a rock rose. Choose a planting location that gets at least 6 hours of direct sunlight each day and has well-drained, low-fertility soil.

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They come in a variety of hues, including pink, purple, and white. They bloom in the spring as well as the summer.

People plant them because they grow quickly, despite dry weather and poor soil conditions, and can withstand cold winds and sea spray. And, of course, for the lovely blooms that they present!

But in order for that to happen, they must be healthy and well nourished, which is why we’ll teach you how to care for your rock rose bushes in five simple steps:

You’ll need the following items to do so:

  • A razor-sharp knife
  • A fertilizer that releases slowly
  • A cultivator by hand
  • Pruning shears are a kind of pruning shears that are used to

How to Care for a Rock Rose Plant in Simple Steps

Step 1:

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Rock roses need full light to thrive, which is why you should avoid planting them in shadow and instead search for a location with adequate drainage.

Remove the plants from the container and cut their surrounding roots with your knife, keeping the roots out of the planting hole.

Finally, place your rock rose bushes in the ground.

Step 2:

Water your rock rose plants once a week for at least a year after planting to help them establish a strong root system. You may water them once every three weeks after the first year, but be sure you water them well and pour enough water to reach the roots.

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Step 3:

You must feed your rock rose plant once a year using a slow release fertilizer.

Using a hand cultivator and scraping the surface of the soil, ensure that the fertilizer penetrates all the way down to the roots after applying it.

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Remember to water your plants so that the fertilizer may begin to work!

Step 4:

Push the stem tips of your initial rock roses into the soil and remove a few of leaves from the top to stimulate the plants to produce more roses.

Step 5:

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Wait till spring to trim the injured steams with your pruning shears. You’ll be able to cut the rock rose after this. But be kind, since if your rock rose plant is harmed, it may stop producing flowers.

Extra Suggestion:

If the plant stops producing flowers after a while, it is not because you are not properly caring for it; it just signifies it is growing old and it is time to replace it with a new, younger plant.

BONUS: Winter and Spring Care for Rock Rose Plants

Rock rose plants are maintained at room temperature from mid-summer to late-autumn, and in the summer, they are moved out into the garden or onto the balcony. The ideal spring-summer temperature is 14-20 degrees Celsius.

Because rock rose plants must go through a dormant phase, it’s best to make sure they overwinter properly (from October to February).

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This necessitates a cold environment, therefore starting in mid-autumn, when the rock rose plant has already withered and begun to drop its leaves, it is moved to a cooler area with an ideal temperature of 5-8 ° C.

If you don’t have a space where you can keep rock rose plants warm in the winter, you may put them on your apartment’s windowsill.

However, a glass screen may be used to shield rock rose plants from a warm room and heat from batteries, allowing them to reach the desired temperature (5-8 ° C) more quickly.

The windows have two frames, as you are aware. The first (outer) frame is fully insulated and glued; the second (inner) frame is not glued, but a sheet of glass equal to the length of the window sill and approximately 50-60 cm high is fixed at the window sill’s edge.

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If the temperature on the window sill is too hot, you may modify the temperature by opening the inside window frame. Even if you only have one pot of rock roses, you may place other plants that need a chilly temperature in the winter on this “wintering” window sill.

Do not leave the inner frame open overnight if you are unsure that the temperature will not drop too low.

Make sure you have a thermometer on your winter windowsill so you can check the temperature at any time. It will also be helpful if you place rock rose plant pots on polystyrene foam sheets or coasters.

Wooden slats may also be used to create a shelf (similar to the one used in the bathroom). This is required to keep the rose pots from freezing on the ledge.

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