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Rose Bits

     Interesting bits for Rose Lovers:

  • To stop powdery mildew, mix together:
    -one gallon of water
    -tablespoons of baking soda
    -a dash of liquid dish detergent
    At the first sign of powdery mildew, spray on affected area twice a week.

  • To make your roses unpalatable to aphids and other pests, spray them with a and solution of Listerine and water.

  • Closest botanical relatives of the rose include the peach, apple and apricot, hawthorne, almond, strawberry and raspberry.

  • Would you like to try your hand at rooting your own rose cuttings? Why not make your own rooting hormone? Simply cut willow stems into 1-inch pieces and soak them in 2 inches of warm water for 24 hours. Discard the stems and soak your rose cuttings in the solution for 12 hours before you plant them. Store your willow water in the refrigerator and it will stay fresh for up to 2 months.

  • Are you thinking of growing roses, but are unsure of what would look nice in your garden? One of the best ways to begin selecting roses is to visit public gardens and city parks in your area. You will see the specific color and mature size of the rose. This is especially important with antique or old roses, as they can grow to be very large shrubs. It will also give you an idea about which varieties are the most healthy and vigorous and which can be grown successfully in your climate

  • Planting roses in groups of three will give a mass of showy blooms and accentuate the fragrance.

  • To extend the blooming period of once flowering climbers or ramblers, plant a clematis vine with the rose and train it to climb along the canes.

  • Rose fanciers are the largest organized group of flower growers in North America.

  • When looking at beautiful photos of roses in catalogs and books the sheer number of varieties to choose from may overwhelm you. Some considerations should be kept in mind when choosing the best varieties to suit your particular needs and desires. Winter hardiness for your climate, disease resistance (spraying is not for everyone), mature size, once blooming or repeat blooming, colour of bloom and staking (some roses are very floppy) are some of the points to keep in mind when making the final decision.

  • Florists sell more roses than all other flowers put together. The rose is truly the Queen of Flowers.

  • Have you ever wondered what gives the rose its delicious scent? Tiny perfume glands on the petals of highly scented roses can be seen under the lens of a powerful microscope. Roses that have thick petals, such as Damask or Centifolia, produce a stronger scent than those of thinner petals.

  • Rose Magazine, Grapes and Roses

  • I found an interesting use for roses. They are used as "bellringers" for vineyards. At the huge vineyards, a rosebush is planted at the end of each row of vines. As long as the roses stay healthy, the growers know that their vines are getting the right nutrients. Neat, hey?
    (Tip from Sandy Huff)

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