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How to Care for Your Roses

How to Care for Your Roses

By Paul Guzman

Caring for your Roses

rose4Roses like lots of water after planting them, they love rich loamy soil so be sure to use good soil amendments during planting. Be careful not to use compost with a high fertilizer content, sometimes this could burn the roots during plantings.

Blooming problems are usually due to not enough phosphorus in your soil. Be sure to use a rose food fertilizer that has a high phosporus number.

Most rose fertilizers have 3 numbers printed across the bag. The first number is for nitrogen which makes most roses and plants green. The second number is for phosphorus which helps in flower development and blooms. And the third number is for potassium which is for cold hardiness and photosynthesis or in other words more blooms and proper nutrition flow.

If roses still do not bloom you could have an insect problem. It is best to use a systemic insecticide to get rid of these insects. Call or consult Dothan Nurseries for further information.

You should fertilize your roses at least 3 times per year, once in spring, summer and early fall. Never fertilize in late fall or winter.

Their are many "types" of roses.

  • Hybrid Tea and Grandiflora rose-They are large elegant blooms on long straight stems ideal for cutting.
  • Floribunda-A busy rose with clustered bloom habit.
  • English Rose-These roses have full double blooms of old roses with repeated flowering-ideal for landscaping.
  • Climbing Rose-The climbing rose is named for the climbing habit, they grow best along trellises or arbors.
  • Hedge Rose-Used for low maintenance fencing along property lines.
  • Shrub Rose-They are known for there trouble free and easy to grow maintenance.
  • Miniature-Roses Miniatures roses are grown in containers and used for landscaping in smaller areas.
  • Tree Rose-Excellent for the patio or around large statuary and pond areas.

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Planting Roses

Planting Roses

Planting roses isn't actually complicated, as long as you have some good advice and tips to start with...

  1. rose gardenCheck with your local gardening center or florist for the best type of roses to grow in you climate. If you are a novice, you should look for? disease resistant types of roses because they require a lot less maintenance.
  2. When planting roses, you want to pick a spot that is well lit in the morning. You also want an area that is sunlit for at least 6 hours a day. Roses need a great deal of light if they are to grow properly. If you live in a really hot climate though, you'll probably get the best results by not planting your roses in direct sunlight.
  3. Pick an area that has plenty of well drained soil. Great soil has a PH level where the amount of acid in the soil is at about 5.5-7.0. You can get a testing kit for your soil at any garden center.
  4. Organic matter like manure or lime helps to nourish the roots of your roses. You should soak the roots in water or puddle clay for many minutes, and cut off any root's ends that are broken.
  5. The first 3-4 weeks after planting your roses, you should water them often. Usually this is when the top 2 inches of soil is dry. Roses need a lot of hydration and food to remain healthy.
  6. Four weeks after planting, you should start soaking the bed every 2 weeks or so. You should do this in the morning for the best results.
  7. Begin fertilization approximately 3 months after planting. Use 3-6 inches of mulch to control the moisture, temperature, and to stops weeds from coming up. Mulch also helps to lock in the vital nutrients your roses need in order to remain healthy.
  8. Planting in the Spring is the best.
  9. You want to plant your roses in an area that is well circulated with air. Your roses will not grow in an enclosed or tight area.
  10. Dig a hole that is two times bigger than the amount of space that your roses take up. It makes it easier to plant them and creates a spaced area for them to grow with freedom.
  11. Poor circulation for your roses can cause fungal diseases. Using a larger hole also makes it easier for you to pull them up later and pot them if you’d like.


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Rose Diseases- All You Need to Know

Rose Diseases- All You Need to Know

By Mike Singh

rose5Roses are beautiful plants that many people enjoy growing in their gardens. But, there are some very common types of diseases that face roses no matter what type they are and no matter where they are grown. Identifying these diseases is essential. And, it is also important to do whatever is possible to prevent them from attacking and virtually killing the roses.

Some Rose Diseases You Will Experience
Powdery Mildew is one of the many types that may affect your plants. This condition looks like a white powder that is on the leaves, stems and the buds of your roses. To prevent this from happening, avoid planting roses in shaded areas especially in those areas that dry out slowly in the morning hours. Make sure that the rose has breathing room by keeping surrounding plants pruned.

The Black Spot
Often, you will find black spots on the edges of the leaves and on the stem of your roses. This is a fungus that can do much damage to your precious plant. Leaves will fall off and the plant can become almost bare. Some varieties of roses are less likely to have this happen to them. Make sure that fall leaves have been removed from the locations. Also, water the plants without splashing water on the leaves. Sunny locations can also help the plant to dry out without causing the fungus to grow.

What’s The Color?
Rust discoloration can happen to your plants. At least, the color of rust will begin to appear. It can happen to older leaves first and then spread throughout the entire plant. To prevent this condition from striking your roses, keep the leaves dry. When watering, go for the ground around the plant not necessarily the leaves. Water during the day time when there is time for the leaves to dry. Allow for proper air circulation around the plant by keeping surrounding plants pruned properly.

All of these conditions can strike a rose plant. These diseases are in most cases preventable. And, should your rose be affected you can take the necessary steps to repair the conditions and also prevent future outbreaks. The important point to remember is that rose diseases are common but preventable.

Mike Singh is a successful webmaster and publisher of He provides more information about rose types and rose floribunda on this website.

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Rose Meanings Explained

Rose Meanings Explained

By Bambi Coker

Roses are the traditional gift given on Valentines Day, but they're well-received any time of year. The color and type of rose does carry a meaning, though. Be aware of what you’re giving: the color of a rose can have a very different meaning from what you intend.

If you’re giving roses as a gift, follow this guide to make sure you send the message you want to send:

  • rose3Red Roses: Red roses say, "I love you." Red roses are the ultimate symbol of romantic love and enduring passion. Florists can't keep up with the Valentines Day demand for red roses, which makes them especially expensive in February.
  • Pale Pink Roses: Pale pink roses imply grace, gentleness, and joy.
  • Light Pink Roses: Light pink roses express a sense of fun, happiness, and whimsy.
  • Deep Pink Roses: Deep pink roses say, "Thank you."
  • Lilac Roses: Lilac roses indicate the sender has fallen in love at first sight with the recipient and is enchanted. (To make sure the recipient doesn’t miss the message, an appropriate card might also be a good idea. The meaning of lilac roses isn’t as widely-known as the meaning of red roses, for instance.)
  • White Roses: Pure white roses symbolize truth and innocence. They also send other messages like, "I miss you," and "You're heavenly” (or both, if your loved one is away.)
  • Coral Roses: Coral roses express one thing through their passionate color: Desire.
  • Peach Roses: Peach roses signify appreciation, gratitude, modesty, and also can convey sympathy.
  • Orange Roses: Orange roses communicate enthusiasm, desire, and fascination on the part of the sender.
  • Yellow Roses: Yellow roses indicate friendship and freedom ― so don't send them if your intentions are romantic and long-lasting. Yellow roses are also appropriate for sending congratulations to newlyweds, graduates, and new mothers.
  • Dead Roses: Regardless of the original color, dead roses say "It's over," loud, clear, and in a tacky and less than classy way.

Combining Colors
Put two or more colors of roses together, and a new rose meaning arises:

  • White Roses + Yellow Roses: A symbol of harmony.
  • Red Roses + Yellow Roses: A message of happiness and celebration.
  • Red Roses + White Roses: An indication of bonding and harmony.

Other Rose Symbolism
These are acceptable ways to convey a meaning giving roses:

  • 12 Roses: Gratitude. Any bouquet in full bloom also implies the “full flowering” of the emotion being conveyed: a bouquet of red roses in full bloom implies the full flowering of love.
  • 24 Roses: Congratulations
  • 48 Roses: Unconditional love.
  • Single Red Rose: "I love you," (but I'm not going to go broke telling you.) A single red rose in a bud vase is a great way to surprise and charm a loved one.
  • Single Rose of Any Color: "Thank you," (and I'm still not going to go broke saying so.)
  • Two Roses Entwined: An engagement or marriage is in the near future.

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Rose Tending in June

Rose Tending in June

By James Kilkelly

"O my Luve’s like a red, red rose,
That’s newly sprung in June"

An extract from the 1794 poem "A red, red rose" by Robert Burns, Scotland’s national bard.

rose4Which roses?
Do you have any roses growing in your garden? It does not matter whether the rose is a floribunda, hybrid tea, standard, patio, climbing or rambling, all will now benefit from a plant health check up. These checks should ideally be carried out on a weekly basis from the end of March up until the end of flowering, so let me detail a few of them.

Aphids and greenfly problems
Check your roses for greenfly; just a few aphids can be dealt with by spraying with soapy water from an atomizer whereas a heavier infestation will require the application of a systemic insecticide or a combination systemic insecticide and fungicide such as "Rose-clear". Some people have questioned whether they have greenfly and whitefly upon discovering what looks like small white insects mixed in with the typical greenfly our roses attract; this is in fact white outer bodies that greenfly shed during their life cycle.

An organic and safe black spot spray
Now I have already mentioned the product "Rose-clear", this is chemical mix is also commonly used to deal with the other problem our roses encounter, which is black spot. This disease cause leaf loss, and die back. Black spot is encouraged by much the same conditions that encourage potato blight, which are warm, moist conditions. Check your rose’s leaves for black spots with yellow halos and treat with "Rose-clear" according to the manufacturers instructions paying careful heed to the safety instructions. If you wish to try to prevent black spot on your roses organically and safely, you may only have to go as far as your fridge. Mix equal parts skimmed milk and water, apply this with an atomizer or a sprayer to the upper and lower section of the roses leaves. This milky solution causes an invisible and friendly fungus to form, which will help prevent the formation of the dreaded black spot.

Feeding and fertilizing
Apart from these treatments, there is another way to help your rose’s battle pests or diseases and that is to keep their vigor up by proper feeding. Roses benefit from mulching with well-rotted cow dung or garden compost; this will give you bigger blooms, healthier foliage and strength to survive pest and disease attack. A 5 cm (2 inch) layer of this mulch is adequate; do not allow this to touch the stem as it may in some cases lead to rotting. One final benefit of mulching your roses in this way is the reduction of water loss and the suppression of weeds, both of these are very important in a dry summer (we live in hope).


James Kilkelly runs a professional garden design service in Galway, Ireland. He has a regular gardening column in an Irish regional newspaper. Visit his website at He also regularly posts his expert advice to a gardening community at

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