The subject of pruning roses seems to strike fear into the heart of new rose growers. But it need not be so. If we remember that first and foremost, the goal of all pruning is to help the plant provide new growth and to keep it healthy by making it possible for air and light to filter into the middle of the bush. As you are guided by these two principles, you will find that pruning roses is fairly common sense and not nearly as complex as you once may have thought. Remember too, that learning the basics of pruning by reading...CONTINUE››
One of the easiest and most rewarding things that you can do to ensure that your roses are healthy and strong, is to top dress them with home made compost. Because it provides plant nutrients in a balanced and ready-to-use form and enriches the texture and structure of the soil, compost is truly black gold for your roses!CONTINUE››
Exactly what are the differences among the grades of roses — grade 1, grade 1 1/2 jumbo, etc. And if it is only size, does it pay to buy the smaller size and wait for it to grow?
pH and Your Rose Soil
A soil test is essential to planning for that new garden or changing one to accommodate new conditions. At the least, a test of the soil's pH is necessary to determine the health and vitality of the ground into which you plan to invest your landscape dollars.CONTINUE››