>Weekend Rose Chores

>I am beginning to see tiny buds emerging on many of the roses! The new floribunda’s planted in the raised bed are coming along very well.

I did see some blackspot and aphids during my morning garden walks. I removed all damaged leaves and sprayed mancozeb for the blackspot, then sprayed insecticide on the bushes where I saw the aphids. I do not like to spray insecticide unless I actually see a pest…..

Following my loosely held fertilization schedule, I added a handful or two of epsom salts to each bush and watered in. Many rose growers say this will stimulate production of new basal breaks (shoots or canes) from the base of the plant and makes for a more lush plant.

I sowed Hollyhock and zinnia in our large black kettle and made plans for annuals to be purchased and put out by next weekend. It seems that the growing season is upon us!!!!!


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Christopher R. VanCleave – America’s Favorite Rose Gardener Nicknamed "The Redneck Rosarian”, Chris VanCleave is passionate about gardening and growing roses. He is an active member of the Birmingham chapter of the American Rose Society, serving two terms as President. In 2007, he created the Rose Chat Podcast which has reached over a half a million listeners with news and information on growing on growing the world’s most beloved flower, the rose. He was a contributor to the 2015 Southern Living Gardening Book, has appeared on P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home television show and was featured in the June 2015 issue of Southern Living Magazine. Locally, Chris serves as Chairman of the Helena Alabama Beautification Board where he has spearheaded efforts to create a sustainable landscape in one of the top one hundred places to live in the United States. His writing is seen at About.com and on his popular website; RedneckRosarian.com, where he chronicles his gardening adventures and explores an intrinsic mix of life, faith and gardening. An agent of change with over 20 years’ experience in process innovation, Mr. VanCleave is leading the charge to reinvigorate horticultural societies and helping them to reach their full potential in the social media age.
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3 Responses to >Weekend Rose Chores

  1. >Glad to hear the new roses in the raised bed are doing really well. Do you just sprinkle the Epson salts around the rot area of the roses? I welcome all good tips for the roses to grow better.Buds already. I cannot wait to see your roses in bloom.


  2. debsgarden says:

    >I look forward to seeing your roses in bloom. I haven't heard of using epsom salts; it's good to get new tips! I still have lots of garden chores to do. I hope summer doesn't hit too soon!


  3. >I just sprinkle a couple of handfuls around each bush and water in well. Last year I did notice some new growth after applying. I usually apply this 2 – 3 times per year during the growing season.


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