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I have tried to grow different color roses, especially a green rose…

Mary Asked

I have tried to grow different color roses, especially a green rose. Could you tell me where I might be able to get them? I’ve bought from a nursery, but they didn’t live. Any help you could give me would be greatly appreciated.

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Healthy plants begin with healthy soil and adequate growing conditions. Have you had your soil tested recently? If not, contact your county Cooperative Extension Service. The results will indicate soil texture, pH and nutrient levels. It will provide recommendations in terms of fertilizer and lime. The Jackson County offices are located at 1408 Main Street South in McKee, and you can contact them at (606) 287-7693.

What kind of roses are you growing? Some are more disease resistant than others, but all roses should be grown in full sun (6 hours per day), nutrient-rich, well-drained soil. Roses that are grown in less than optimal conditions are prone to insect and disease issues. Some roses are better bloomers than others, but this also depends on environmental conditions. Nutrients, sunlight and moisture variations will affect flower production and length/duration of bloom time.

Deadheading will encourage the plants to produce more flowers. Sanitation is important in reducing the number insects and potential fungal issues. Be sure to remove all fallen foliage and other plant debris throughout the year. It is a good idea to only purchase disease resistant plants from a reliable source.

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