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How to Care for Roses- Organically

Updated on June 8, 2013

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Roses- is there anything more beautiful than a rose in bloom, I mean in the plant world, of course. The first step to caring for your roses is to know which rose you have.

Roses are classified into a number of classes and sub-classes according to their origin, boom type and habit.

The groups will include species, shrub, climbing, old garden, miniature roses, hybrid teas, grandifloras and floribundas.

If you are seeking spectacular blooms then make your choice from the hybrid tea, floribunda and grandifloras.

Common Problems:

Improper Growth;

Symptom; a climbing rose is only producing blossoms t the end of the canes and nothing along their length. For a climbing rose to blossom properly, it must be growing horizontally or within 45 degree angle to the ground.

Are the canes growing vertically? If they are the flowers will only appear at the ends.

You need to reposition the canes so that they are more horizontal.

Uneven Spring Growth:

If the winter has been milder than normal, the rose may develop branch tips that will not produce leaves or the side buds on the canes do not grow. These should be pruned.

Fall Freeze Damage;

In fall, the temperatures can change quickly and often before your rose is hardened off for winter. This can kill canes.

Tender new shoots are most susceptible. If you pay attention to the weather, you will hear frost and extreme cold earning and can cover your roses before the damage is done.

Pest Problems:

Aphids: If aphids decide to move in and suck your rose leaves and flowers dry, you can pick them off by hand as soon as you notice them. This infestation can be spotted in its early stage, if you are using the gardener’s footstep approach to your garden. That is spending time in yoru garden stopping to smell the roses and while doing that spotting unwelcome visitors.

You may need to resort to more aggressive methods, though, aphids reproduce quickly. I have uses a water spray to control these pests and spray in the early morning three times over a seven day period on alternative days.

I find that planting nasturtiums near the rose beds works very well and that ants will help you to control the aphids; ants herd aphids, much like humans herd cattle and they will herd them onto the nasturtiums for future dining- thus keeping your roses clear.

Rose Midges:

They are very tin, midges but the damage they do is not. Midges blacken and kill rose buds and leaves.

If you notice blackened and shriveled leaves on your garden stroll, then midges may be the cause. When you see the damage, do not hesitate but immediately remove and destroy all the infected flower buds.

Roses may require a little more care than some other garden plants but the ewards they bring are well worth the effort, besides the gardener who enjoys simply being in the garden and watching the plants grow is well situated to prevent any real problems before they develop.


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  • firefly07 profile image

    firefly07 9 years ago from UK

    great hub again. Roses are among my favourites and I have them in bloom in my garden from June to November.

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    Bob Ewing 9 years ago from New Brunswick

    You are welcome

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    Roberta Kyle 9 years ago from Central New Jersey

    a really good hub with lots of practical tips.I'venot had good luck with climbing roses, and now I know why--thanks.