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Jane’s Plant of the Week

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This week, Potted Roses in flower are Jane’s Plant of the Week.

Here are some steps on how to pot roses. 

-Choose the right rose. Fragrant, compact, disease-resistant varieties with continual bloom perform best. Avoid climbers or large shrub roses.

– Pick the right pot. Anything with a drainage hole will work. (1/2 barrels are a great choice).

-Use quality potting mix and enrich with compost to increase water holding capacity.

-Water regularly so that soil is moist, but not wet.

-Feed often for more blooms. First in spring, once new growth unfurls, and then after each flush of blooms ? about every 4 to 6 weeks. In colder zones, stop fertilizing 8 weeks prior to the first frost.

-Prune as normal to deadhead, shape, and control insects and disease.

-Re-pot every two to three years to refresh the soil.

-Root prune if you’re trying to keep the plant small.

-Transplant into a larger container if you notice a decrease in blooms.

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