Monday, June 13, 2016

Roses, why are they a pain to grow?

            Why are roses such a labor intensive plant to grow? Seems like they are always putting on bug conventions; bugs are standing around in groups with long straws, sucking the life out of your pride and joy. And if they’re not hosting some insect phylum they’re redecorating their leaves with spots of all kinds.
            The reason is because of our desire for a bigger and more perfect flower.

            You will not see the type of roses your neighbor gros out in the woods, or along some babbling brook. Maybe you’ll see one where an old farm house once stood, but out in the wild, never. The only thing you’ll see are the wild roses, the great great great (add a couple thousand more) Grandparents of the roses that grace the Rose Beds of today.

            But to get to the sizes we like and the quantity of flowers, something gets lost; there is a trade off, and that would be the health of the plant.

            Truth be known, the big Tea and Foribunda roses are always teetering on the verge of death; which means they are always trying the heal themselves, which means they are sending sugar throughout their system, which is ringing the diner bell for aphids and fungus.

            The wild roses are never in this state of decline; they are robust and healthy, they have no need to manufacture sugar. They need only to send bad tasting starch throughout their system; a liquid common to all plants during normal active growing.

            You can minimize the problem associated with growing the roses of today by:

                        * Fertilize them as the bag or box requires.

                        * Spray them with a fungicide at the first sign of spots.

                        * Hit them with an insecticide at the first bug sighting.

                        * Water them from below; try and keep the leaves as dry as possible.

                        * Plant them on the East side of any structure or whatever.

                        * Make sure they can get plenty of ventilation.

            If you have any questions feel free to e-mail me at or post a comment on this Blog

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