Growing healthy roses and knowing how to grow roses that are healthy and keeping roses healthy is important if you want to grow roses.
All rose gardeners want to grow healthy roses, but unfortunately many of you select roses that are not suitable for your climate zone.
When you find a rose that you would like to grow, you should research to find out which diseases it is resistant to: black spot, powdery mildew and rust are three big rose diseases that infect rose bushes.
Some rose problems are more common in one area than another.
So you need to find out which diseases are most likely to occur in your area.
Then look for rose bushes that are most resistant to those particular problems.
Keep in mind that "resistant" doesn't mean that the rose will never be infected by disease, it's just more likely to be healthy and less likely to be seriously affected than a susceptible rose growing in the same conditions.
It's also helpful to know which pests are most common in your area, so you can choose roses with that in mind.
For example, if Japanese beetles are a major problem in your garden, you might want to select roses with little or no fragance, since these rose pests love highly fragrant roses.
Another garden pest is rose thrips, super tiny insects that feed on buds and cause the blooms to be discolored.
Thrips prefers white and pale light-colored rose flowers. Darker colored blooms generally show much less damage from thrips.
Selecting a sunny location in your garden is very important for growing roses, so please don't ever plant roses in part shade.
Make sure that you amend your soil by working in 50% of compost into the soil about a foot deep. Do a soil test to find out what nutrients your soil is lacking. Use a Soil Test Kit to find out.
Once you have planted your roses, you should pay careful attention to rose care, such as regular watering, fertilizing, mulching and pruning to keep them vigorous.
Vigorous rose plants that are well cared for are much more likely to shrug off pests and diseases and stay healthy.
So therefore keep your rose beds clean and always pick up dropped leaves and flowers as soon as you see them.
It will go a long way to preventing disease and keeping roses healthy.
Check your roses often, several times a week for sure, during the growing season, so if a pest or disease problem does occur, you'll spot it right away and can take preventative measures before the problem gets out of hand.
If you are unsure what the problem is, take a sample of the damaged growth in a plastic bag to your local garden nursery that sells roses.
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