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Take care of your roses

Jun 8, 2008
If you have a garden,you must have a rose bush somewhere in it.Roses have a sweet smell and are very beautiful.Roses are commonly known with affection and love.

Roses in healthy condition and stress free are less likely to contract insects and diseases,unhealthy roses will not grow corrrectly and you will not get a good show of roses from the individual plant.

When you first start to plant your roses make sure that you plant the crown of the rose at least 3 centimetres below the crown. Fill in with and around with soil and the tamp it down taking care not to break the root ball. For the first twenty days the roses must be watered regulary,this will allow your new rose bush to grow healthy.

With a little bit of effort and care you will have excellent looking rose bushes with large blooms that will last for most of the summer.When you have established roses it is nice to prune or cut a few and put them in a vase.Beware not to prune or cut too many stems of your new rose bushes as they need time to grow successfully.

Different types of roses need to be planted a few feet away from each other allowing them to grow correctly.When planting bare root roses first check that the soil has a good ph, you may need to add a little lime.Early spring is the best time to transplant roses or plant new one's.Cut the roses into shape, remove dead leaves as this will help the air to circulate around the plant more easily.

Remove a few of the old stems at the base of established climbers to stimulate new growth. If fungal disease is prevalent in your area, spray while dormant with Bordeaux mix, lime sulfur, or horticultural oil. Gardeners in the South and West may wish to fertilize monthly from early spring until June, resuming in August and September.

Mid-Spring: Watch for rose slugs and either handpick, spray with a superfine horticultural oil, or use a systemic insecticide. Fertilize roses again after the first flush of flowers. Watch for shoots coming from the rootstock below the graft and remove. After the soil warms, apply a generous layer of organic mulch.

Growing roses in a cold climate can cause you a few problems in winter ,but this is easily overcome.To help rose plants through harsh winters just cover the bottom of the plant with earth or compost after the ground has frozen.Climbing roses can be taken down from their supports laid down on the ground and covered with soil, this procedure is only viable for the smaller climbing roses.
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