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Many gardeners pass over rose bushes simply because they do not know how easy it can be to grow beautiful stunning roses all spring and summer. Here are six simple steps to beautiful healthy roses.
1. Dig a hole twice and wide and twice as big as your pot. If you are planting bare root roses dig about 8 to 10 inches deep and the same width. Add two or three handfuls of compost and form a mound in the middle of your hole.
2. Spread roots at the bottom of your bush. Place over the mound and pack well. Open spaces around your plant can cause root rot and kill your rose bush before it has a chance to start. Place your rose in the hole deep enough that the root ball just comes level with the ground. Refill hole.
3. Pack ground around bush and form a water well to catch any excess water. Sprinkle the ground with a rose food. I also place a banana peel around the base of your rose and cover the area with mulch or pine bark.
4. When your plant starts to show new growth remove mulch and fertilize with a super phosporous or high nitrogen general fertilizer.
5. The key to continuous summer blooms is to prune off flowers as they fade so that the bush can conserve it's energy into making new blooms.
Also, never be afraid to ask your local greenhouse or home store questions about what to use. That is what they are there for and most enjoy helping the beginner gardener get started.
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whats the banana for....a food breakdown source?
yes, I'm not quite sure why it works, but My roses love it.
Yes, last summer I tried to grow roses in the shade because I wanted some under my windows at the front of my house and they did not do well. Sometimes you just have to compromise.
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