Mycorrhizae

“Mycorrhizae” literally means fungus-roots. The colonized root is called a mycorrhiza. Ecto and Endo mycorrhizae fungi can be found in Espoma product called Bio-Tone Starter Plus, an all natural plant food that has been enhanced with a superior blend of beneficial bacteria to ensure superior plant growth and help gardeners reduce transplant loss. It has... Continue Reading →

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Pine Straw as Mulch in Your Garden

I was reading an old issue of Horticulture magazine and came across a question, “Will applying pine straw to my landscape beds acidify the soil?" Here is what the article says: “According to a study of mulches in the Journal of Arboriculture, using pine straw can indeed lower the pH of soil. Florida researchers found... Continue Reading →

Proven Products for Rose Gardeners

If you are looking for some great products for rose gardeners, here are some that have undergone extensive testing by ARS members and found to be of high quality:   Bayer Advanced All-in-One Rose and Flower care Garden Safe Brand Rose and Flower Insect Killer Mills Easy Feed 20-10-6 Mills Magic Rose Mix Miracle-Gro Garden... Continue Reading →

The Hildesheim Rose

I heard it all the time that the rose is difficult to grow and yet the Hildesheim Rose is estimated at approximately 1,000 years old. It is said to be the oldest rosebush in the world.  It is the one climbing the wall of the apse of the Cathedral of Hildesheim in their courtyard at Hildesheim,... Continue Reading →

The Green Rose

Is there a pot of gold for us lovers of roses? For all the Irish in all of us and lovers of roses, let us think green, not a shamrock but a green rose. Not St. Patrick rose which only has a tint of green, but a real Green Rose.     At one of... Continue Reading →

Time To Prune Your Roses

If you look at the calendar, Spring begins on March 20 but for lovers of roses, spring comes when that yellow-flowered shrub called Forsythia starts to bloom.  Pruning roses is a rite of spring for rosarians. In the South, I was told to prune on the last week in February. Then our season begins.  Some... Continue Reading →

ROSE COMPANION PLANTS – SPRING BULBS

Do roses need companion plants? Absolutely. More and more gardeners are utilizing companion plants with roses. It is proven that monoculture of roses invites more harmful insects into a rose garden. The results is spraying more and more chemicals to drive the harmful insects away. On the other hand, we are killing the beneficial insects... Continue Reading →

YES, YOU CAN grow beautiful roses!

So you want to grow beautiful roses but can you do it? The resounding answer is YES, YOU CAN grow beautiful roses!   If you follow the following Basic Rose Culture, you’ll be on your way to have beautiful roses in your garden: Buy only strong healthy plants. Buy your roses from reliable sources. Rose... Continue Reading →

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