Name: Rose (Rosa)
Growth habit: Dependent on species and cultivar. Some grow like a shrub while others grow more like a vine.
Light Level: Prefers full sun, tolerates small amount of shade
Water: Generously at ground level (soaker hoses best to keep foliage dry)
Fertilization: Composted manure and a fertilizer designed for roses.
Planting Medium: Light, loose, well-draining soil. Mulch over top of soil to prevent weeds.
Common afflictions: Powdery mildew, RMV, Rose Rosette, Crown Gall, Aphids
Pruning: Prune in early spring when new growth begins, but just before new leaves emerge. This happens at different times for different varieties.
Rose Facts: Rose blossoms come in most any shade of color and a wide variety of sizes. (Blue, green and black roses are often simply white roses that have been dyed.) Some varieties grow as a compact bush and can be planted in containers. Others have a trailing nature and with a little help the canes will happily climb along fences, over arbors, and even up trees. To dry a rose, hang it upside down in a cool, dark, dry location for a few weeks. Rose petals have many uses, such as confetti and potpourri. Rose hips are high in vitamin C and some varieties are used in teas, foods and extracts. Did you know that strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are just a few of the edible fruits that are in the rose family?
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