It’s quite an honor to sit in the same hosting chair as some of her previous guest hosts: Michael Nolan, The Garden Rockstar, the folks at MSLiving, Costa Farms, Stark Brothers & The SeedKeeper Co.
The #GardenChat format is casual and free flowing. Tweets fly by faster than lightening. It’s hard to keep up, but you always learn so much. Luckily there is always a posted transcript. You can check out last night’s transcript HERE.
Below are a few tips on selecting roses for your garden Twitter style (remember twitter, only allows messages of 140 characters or less):
Start with good soil! It is the foundatation for all things growing.
If you have good soil, you’ll have good roses!
My Rose Soil Mix:
Equal Parts, top soil, composted manure, mini bark nuggets, mushroom compost.
Soil Ph balance should be in the 6.0 – 6.9 range for all nutrients to be availabe to the plant.
Rose hate wet feet. If area in which you want to plant stands in water, move to higher ground… I built raised beds!
Roses need about 1″ of water per week. Basically, if God doesn’t water them for you that week, you need to!
Try to water roses at the base of the plant, helps keep disease to a minimum.
A good 2-3″ layer of mulch helps keep weeds out!
Question to ask yourself: What will you expect from your roses? Long stems, garden color, self maintainence?
Many people buy rose on impulse and are disappointed with the results… I used to be one of them!!
Be wary roses packaged in a “bag” type sleeve. Most will be dried out and have a wax coating. Typically very stressed plants.
Potted & Bare root roses should have at least 3 good canes and a full root system.
The knockout rose revolutionized the rose industry.
Earth Kind Roses – http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/earthkind/roses/cultivars/ Check these out!
Earth Kind Roses – Once planted, they need little care. Keep em watered for the first 30 days and then watch them grow without harmful sprays & chemicals!
Earth Kind Rose I grow: “Mutabilis” beautiful China Rose
Attn all bloggers! June is national ROSE month! Please dedicate one blog post in June to your favorite rose!
I want to encourage everyone reading this to plant 1 rose this year!
Great way to learn about roses is to join a local Rose Society. Check out http://www.ars.org/ for more info
The posts go on and on…. I think I blurted out a year’s worth of blog posts in just over an hour…. It was great fun and I hope to do it again one day!