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June 11, 2018

from the 2018 American Rose Society Handbook for Selecting Roses

Classification of Roses

The American Rose Society recently approved a new classification scheme that reflects both the botanical and evolutionary progress of the rose. There are three main groupings: Species (i.e. wild roses); Old Garden Roses (classes in existence before 1867); and Modern Roses (classes not in existence before 1867). 

Classification Characteri...

April 23, 2018

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Takes the guesswork out of application with three systematic products in one – fertilizer, insect control and disease control. It protects against adult Japanese Beetles, Aphids and other listed pests, and also against Black Spot, Powdery Mildew, Rust and Southern Blight for up to 6 weeks. Rainproof granule...

April 20, 2018

According to most articles, books, and consultants the quick and simple answer is….. 5 gallons a week, 10 gallons a week, 1.5 inches every three days, 3 inches every 8 days, 4 gallons twice a week, etc., etc., etc., …. Confused? Don’t be, these recommendations are averages given as a place to begin, and should be fine-tuned to meet the seasonal and unique conditions of your rose garden.

Soil Type

It begins with your soil; this i...

April 20, 2018

We have a tendency to baby our roses, and sometimes we forget that Mother Nature has her own processes for preparing for winter, in spite of all the preparations we may feel we have to make. The purpose of this article is not to give you pointers on what to do, but rather to give you a better picture of what your roses are already doing for you.

A Bit of Botany

First, a little botany background. During the growing season, leaves...

April 11, 2018

When speaking about roses it makes it much easier if all of us use the same terminology. The following is a list of basic terms used to describe rose plant parts. It is a lot easier to understand what someone is talking about when they say “sepals” rather than “… you know, those little green things just under the flower …”

  • Anther – The upper portion of a stamen which contains the pollen sacs.

  • Apical Meristem – Non-mat...

March 21, 2018

Insecticidal soaps may provide control of a variety of insect and mite pests of roses including aphids, thrips, scales and the twospotted spider mite (Tetranychus urticae). A soap is a substance derived from the synthesis of an alkali such as sodium (hard soap) or potassium (soft soap) hydroxide on a fat. Fats are generally a blend of particular fatty acid chain lengths. Soap is a general term for the salts of fatty acids. Fat...

September 1, 2017

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Class/Color: Floribunda/apricot orange • Bloom/Size: 8.5cm • Height/Habit: 2.5-3’ tall and wide/mounding • Petal Count: 35-40 • Fragrance: Strongly fragrant; sweet, pleasant • Parentage: Rosa hybrida ‘Laura Ford’בGoldbusch’ x Rosa hybrida ‘Horjilly’ 

• Hybridizer: Colin Horner • Introducer: Proven Winners® ColorChoice® • Comments: It’s the dawn of a new day for roses: At Last® combines all the romance of a fragrant,...

July 2, 2014

Soil is a mixture of weathered rock fragments and organic matter at the earth’s surface. It is biologically active — a home to countless microorganisms, invertebrates and plant roots. It varies in depth from a few inches to 5-feet or more. Soil is roughly 50 percent pore space. This space forms a complex network of pores of varying sizes, much like those in a sponge. Soil provides nutrients, water and physical support for plan...

March 1, 2011

Container grown roses can be just as satisfying as roses grown in the ground and for those with limited space or those whose rose collections are growing faster than their planting beds, it can be a necessity. Here, I will address container choices, the size containers roses need, and the basics of growing roses in containers.

Container choices range from the black plastic pots that nursery plants are usually sold in, to the el...

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