rose_faeri asks: how to get my rosebush blooming?
I love roses, but I hate them at the same time. If I’m not careful while watering my rosebush, or if wind and storm comes along, every last stinkin petal on every single bloom falls right off. And bugs keep eating the leaves and the petals wilt and shrivel up, and the bush looks terrible. Is there anything that could at least kill the bugs, and can you reccomend a good sturdy rosebush that wont fall to peices at any slight gust? also, half of it died over the winter. This is the second year for that rosebush. I had another that I had planted last year that died during the winter
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Answer by keikoasmom
Roses are vry complex creatures. Our neighbors (who don’t like to talk to anyone) just planted 3 rosebushes where their four evergreens just died. So sad. They have stuck them in the ground (sand soil) with no mulch, very little water, and terrible soil it is, too!
The roses need a lot of mulch, loamy soil, lots of moisture but soil that drains, not swampy.
There are a lot of bug killing chemicals, you should ask at your local garden center or do research online to see the different products. I don’t like chemicals, so I buy most prodcts from “Gardens Alive” the people who make Lawns Alive organic fertilizer.
Also, roses need to be trimmed back in the fall, but not too much, anygood rose website will show how, them pile the soil and mulch up to protect them during the winter.
Some of my roses enjoy neglect, I have them planted right next to the mint, and they seem to like the “companion gardening” aspect. (that’s from Organic Gardening Magazine-they have a good website too, I think) just do some research, and you should have lots of happy roses before you know it!
Or….. you could switch to sunflowers!
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