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Subject: Roses
Date Posted: 5/4/2008 9:38 PM ET
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My daughter just came home from a weekend with her father and she handed me a rose bush. It's all cut down and in a box. I've planted lots of flowers, plants and bushes but I know nothing about roses. On our way home I did buy some plant food. It's Scotts Rose & bloom continuous release plant food. I know nothing about roses and what I've seen on TV it looks like they are not easy keepers. Any help would be really appreciated since she's really excited about roses and I don't want to kill the bush. It was part of my mothers day present. She also bought me a book, but it's not on roses. Help!!
Date Posted: 5/4/2008 10:50 PM ET
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Cindy, I found this on HGTV's website:

http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/gl_plants_roses/article/0,,HGTV_3612_1377056,00.html

Date Posted: 5/5/2008 1:47 PM ET
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Thanks so much Kim. Wish me luck and say a little prayer. I'm going to need it.
Date Posted: 5/5/2008 2:33 PM ET
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roses are the easiest plants in the world; they bloom early & keep blooming; I have had roses in Dec with snow on the ground here in oregon. The roses that take the most work & are most temperamental are the tea roses. I do not care much for them either. But the florabundas (which means flowers in abundance) I love! They have multiple flowers on the branches; low maitenance, just prune back to the 1st 5 leafed branch & more will come forth! Look for AARS winners, they are the most hardiest, most disease resistent, etc. They like sun; in fact the more sun they have the more blooms you will have. They DO NOT like acid soil, at all; they don't like having their feet wet (standing water); they love garlic & if you plant garlic chives near them you will not have aphids; actually they are one of the easiest flowers to grow with the least amount of work IF you choose the right ones. The English roses are outstandingly beautiful as well. With all the multitudes of roses to choose from, don't be afraid to give these a try at all. Just be sure & select carefully & these proven workhorses will reward you for years with more blooms than any other plant alive! They do like to have fertilizer because of their blooming but again, just get some good mushroom compost & scratch into the soil around them or if unable to locate mushroom compost simply get manure & gently scratch into the soil around them. Simple, easy, & rewards like no tomorrow! (just stay away from the teas & you won't have any difficulty at all!)

Subject: roses
Date Posted: 5/5/2008 4:26 PM ET
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Katrina has said it wonderfully!  Roses are easy to root also.  Just take a clipping below a node and put it into a pot of mostly sand and it will root.  Also cut back the stalks after the bloom dies.  This will keep them blooming.

Frances

Date Posted: 5/5/2008 7:39 PM ET
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I just read an article that says you should prune your roses when the forsythia are in bloom.  Here in Michigan, that would be right about now.  I don't  have any rose bushes at the moment, but would like to get some more. 

Subject: roses
Date Posted: 5/5/2008 9:37 PM ET
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Have you seen the variety known as "Knockout Roses" - look like the old fashoned red roses and they bloom and bloom.  Very hardy also - used in public landscapes around here.  They are from heirloom stock so hardy.  YOu micht want to look for some.

 

Subject: Roses
Date Posted: 5/19/2008 1:10 PM ET
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  HI Cindy

      Try looking on the site of Jackson and Perkins ,as they deal with Roses. I have had there Roses for years and they have always grown so nice. hope this was of help.

Note all my books are mailed out within 2 days if interested .



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