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Old 02-04-2009, 08:17 PM   #11
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By the way Deelady... It's almost never too early to start making your beds for roses--as long as you can dig. Dig deep, put lots of drainage material down deep first, then build your soil back up higher than the ground plane, and contain the top dirt with something like rail road ties. Make it so your roots never stand i water down at the bottom. Your success at growing roses will greatly depend on the beds you make.

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Old 02-11-2009, 08:49 PM   #12
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Dee, Dormant container grown or pre-packaged bare root can be planted as soon as your soil is workable. Make sure the site where you intend to plant is in full sun 3/4 of the day. For heavy bloom you'll need to keep your roses on a fertilizer program. But at planting time use a starter fertilizer that is low nitrogen <N> and high phosphorus <P> that will stimulate root growth. Happy roots = happy tops. DO NOT fertilize past early August or you are setting your plants up for cold injury. I could ramble on (Nursery guy by trade. We grow 1/2 million roses/year) Message me if you have more questions.

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