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Plant of the Week: Roses

Roses are one of the most beautiful flowers you can not only give to a friend but plant in your own garden. Once the last frost passes and the weather warms in New England, rose bushes are easy to transplant into any hearty soil. Maintaining them can be made into an art but even amateur gardeners can enjoy these eye-catching flowers by reading up a little on pruning.

According to evidence found in fossils, roses have been flourishing for over 35 million years. It is thought that roses originated in China and eventually spread to other countries by the 18th century. Roses have been regarded so highly throughout history that they’ve even been used as a form of currency. While we can’t buy our groceries with them today, we can still enjoy their beauty in our own gardens and lawns.

Rose Q&A

1. When is the right time to plant a rose bush?

Specifications note that after the last frost has passed and the ground is no longer frozen, you should be safe to plant your bush. Here in New England, that time is typically by early spring.

2. Which variety of rose should I plant?

There are hundreds of varieties of roses and most of them are capable of adapting just fine to the climate here in New England. It’s up to you to choose which type of rose will work best for your lawn or garden. For instance, climbing roses are aesthetically pleasing on walls near a big garden but if you have a small yard, miniature roses are just a beautiful and consume less space.

3. Are roses prone to any insects or diseases?

Beetles and aphids are the most common insects that like to munch on roses. You can keep them at bay with a mild insecticide. The diseases roses are most susceptible to are mildew and mold based. At the sign of any browning on the petals or a powder dusting of mildew, apply a light fungicide to treat the problem.

4. When can I trim my roses for an arrangement?

When you’re ready to cut your roses, look for ones that have yet to bloom. This will provoke them to bloom in your arrangement and make for a more eye-catching piece. Only cut them early in the morning or at dusk when the temperature outside is cool—warmth will put a strain on them immediately upon trimming. Make sure the vase you put them in has water at room temperature. Place the arrangement in a cool location out of direct sunlight to make the most of your roses.


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