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#1 of 9 Old 05-05-2002, 01:51 PM - Thread Starter
 
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After living here for 1 1/2yrs, I finally pruned (?) the expansive rose bush in our front yard. I guess I was suppose to do it in the fall? Please help me make it beautiful, although I really don't like roses (dh never gives me roses, always wild flowers and orchids, etc...) I am determined to nurture this plant, it has stunning large white and yellow flowers. But it was badly neglected over many years, so I chopped it to about 18inches and pruned out all the dead branches that had no new growth.
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Oh yeah, and it's on the south side of the house, so it gets a lot of sun. I have some in the back that get evening sun in the summer.
Any and all rose bush advice would be appreciated, TIA.
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Sorry, can't help you. What I want to know is how to get rid of a rose bush! We bought a house last year that has several roses of different types. I am a big time flower gardener but REALLY do not like roses. One of the first things I did was to dig them up and give them away. However, they keep reappearing, no matter how often I dig them up/cut them down....taking up valuable space for other things that I actually want to grow! Good luck to you though...I hope yours does well for you. If not, I have some I can send you!
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Well, I know that a lot of people here will know more about rose bushes than I do, but what I have to say is the climbing rose bush next to my house barely needs to think about growing and it's always putting out huge shoots, no matter how many times I prune it. I cut it back to a few long canes last year and it's a regular bush again. I should have done it last winter, but never did. It didn't hurt it to prune it two summers ago. I don't know if I'd call it beautiful--I was just going for manageable!
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Oh, how could you not love roses??

Pruning them (hard!) is one of the nicest things you can do for your rose bush (spring is as good as fall)

You need to feed the rose every couple of weeks (Tea hybrids are fussy, some shrub roses are pretty tough)

Oh, I wish I could dig up your rose and transplant it into my garden where it would be loved and wanted.

Debra Baker (Oh, yes, if you want the rose to grow optimally prune right above a branch with five or seven leaves )
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Yes do prune back to the 5 leaf node.


Also, roses need a good dose of fert. One of the best ways to make beautiful roses is to mulch them with your coffee grounds. THey love it!

Also when planting roses make sure you plant them far enough away from other things so that they get plenty of air circulation, roses are prone to fungal infections (black spot).
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Thank you for all of your responses.
Please note that I really want to do good by these plants, even tho I am not a rose lover
maybe someday I will be:

Oh- and how about banana peels?
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Sunmountain-

I have about 175 rose bushes, and I'm still learning new tricks.
One thing my roses seem to love is a mix of alfalfa meal, seaweed extract, composted chicken manure, fish emulsion, beer, and epsom salts. I make a "tea" of these things in the wheelbarrow, let it settle for a day, then pour it on by the bucketfull. Since you dont have as many, this may not be practical
in such quantities, why not get a small box of alfalfa meal and make a tea of it, then pour it on--I'm told that alfalfa has an alcohol in it that roses like when they break down, plus slow release nitrogen.

BTW--my kids call this mix "dukey tea."

Sometime try the rose "Queen Elizabeth". She's been around since 1953, and she is indestructable...mine can reach 8 feet tall, with huge candlabras of pink flowers, with very little care. When I was learning, I killed many more tender cultavars, but I still have all my queen elizabeths, I call them chainsaw roses. I make bouquets as a ministry, and can always count on the queen for huge, long stemed clusters. Try not to get the climbing kind, they are monsters, just the bush form is useful.

best of luck, just don't get too addicted (remember, dh, its cheaper than alimony is my retort when questioned..he likes them now too, though)

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I have a Queen Elizabeth and she's quite a beauty (sort of making a mockery of Shakespears' quip LOL)

My latest acquisition is "Betty Boop" who turns different lovely shades transitioning from bud to mature flower.

Deanna,

I wonder how popular with the neighbors you are while brewing that concoction on a sultry summer's day

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hey db-

It's really not so bad--I live on a quarter acre, most of the neighbors are pretty far away from the flower garden. It just kind of smells like the beach if you get real close. I live just outside of seattle, hardly ever get a real hot summer day, when we do I do as little as possible (not used to the heat). My neighbors are so cool, in the seven years I've gardened here, I have gotten nothing but "thank yous" for the beauty--a few bouquets every summer to each probably helps.

Anyway--it doesn't stink as bad as diazinon, ect.



take care,

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