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Is there anything special I need to know about roses besides burying them for winter? I just discovered two in my yard that the previous owners planted and I'm anxious to see how they'll grow and what kind they are. First off I need to rid them of aphids! I think I've got a handle on those though, anything else I should do? Fertilizer? Pruning?
 

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Yes, they like to be pruned back and they love a good feeding. There are a number of organic rose foods on the market if you do not mind bone and blood meals. Otherwise horse manure works well. My aunt used to live in the city. The local parades for the 4th of July, Memorial Day and Salty Sea Days would stage on the street in front of her house. She would collect horse droppings by the shovel full and scatter them raw over the roots of her roses. Her happy roses were beautiful. I would avoid bagged steer manure because it comes from feedlots, but if you are OK with horses or home milk-cows, or even hutch bunnies then collect their droppings for your roses. The rose will eventually live up to the poetry and smell sweet(er) then the ground they grow in.
 

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Roses are fussy buggers...mine like bananas...bury a banana peal or two around your roses <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> In the spring move the dirt away from the base stem and prune off any dead stuff. Hybrids are harder and fussier to grow, the old fashion kind are easier...hardier...and I think they smell better<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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I wouldn't use fresh manure--get aged stuff, or let it age before you use it. Water at the roots, rather than spraying over the leaves, especially if your climate is humid. Deadhead to a quarter inch above a 5-leaf twig.
 

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Thanks guys! I'm not even sure what kind they are, but I found more! I think there are a couple different varieties, so keep them tips coming! I really would like to try and keep them alive!<br><br>
So ok, I have a lot of moose poop handy, would that be ok? I'll definately try the banana peels. How do I cut them back?
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> I've never tried moose poop, since I would have to import it from up north <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">, but I see no reason why it can't be used. I would age it, though. Fresh manure can "burn" the plants. I'm not sure how long moose poop would have to be aged.<br><br><br><br>
As far as cutting them back--are there branches that dies during the winter? Those you need to get rid of. Otherwise, the extent to which you trim back in the spring depends on the shape of the bush--whether branches are getting long and "weedy". Basically, like most plants, the reason for pruning is to maintain a full plant, in stead of having overlong and sparse branches.<br><br><br><br>
Roses leaf in twigs of either three or five leaves. I was taught by my mother that you always deadhead and prune to within a quarter inch above a five leaf twig. I don't know what happens if you do it to a three leaf twig instead <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/shocked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:">. I've always been too chicken too ignore my mother's instructions. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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I love roses.<br><br><br><br>
I've never had any luck growing them, but I'd like to try the vining type someday. I buy dried rose petals that I put in with an herb tea mixture I make. The aroma is so nice in tea (so is lavender).
 
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