Here is a tiny sampling of spring at Jade Gardens. If you are looking for a specific plant, please come in or give us a call. We’ve been extremely busy and stock is selling quickly even though it is early in the season. We’re working hard on getting all of our stock out on the floor, but not everything is ready yet. Please keep checking if there is something specific you are looking for, but don’t wait too long, gardening is very popular this year.
A rose bush in full fragrant bloom is certainly a site to behold. At Jade Gardens, we have several different types of roses for you to choose from including the hybrid tea, floribunda and grandiflora as well as miniature and climbing rosebushes. And if you need any help making a selection, our friendly and knowledgeable staff would be delighted to assist you. [frame_right][/frame_right]
Care of Roses
Roses aren’t necessarily difficult to care for, but certainly fall in the higher maintenance spectrum of flowering bushes. Roses like full sun, a loose, slightly acidic and well-drained garden soil and a good fertilizer. Be sure to give your roses plenty of room for air to circulate, thereby reducing their vulnerability to mildew. Once established, roses shouldn’t require watering more than once a week, the exception being during a hot spell. When you water, you should water early in the morning, wetting the ground at the base of the plant, rather than the leaves. A mulch of wet peat moss during hot weather is helpful also. Evening watering, over-watering, or allowing water to sit on the leaves could encourage black spot.
[frame_left][/frame_left]In the fall, remove any dead or diseased leaves, mound soil around the rosebushes and prune back long branches. Once we’ve had our first frost, you can add leaves or straw as mulch, or some people like rose collars or cones. Any of these practices will help protect the plants from the cold weather to come.
In early spring, mulch and mounds of earth should be removed before the buds appear. The plant should be cut back and fertilized. Fish emulsion or dried blood and bone meal are good suggestions for an organic rose fertilizer. Fertilizer can be applied in early spring and then again in early summer, but you want to be sure to stop feeding in early August.
Many roses in Canada are actually grafted to the roots of more winter hardy plants, increasing their chances of surviving winter. As such, you’ll sometimes get suckers, which are unwanted growth from the roots of the grafted plants. These must be removed. Wild roses or roses that are not grafted will not have suckers. If you have further questions about the care of roses, please do not hesitate to call us at Jade Gardens and Greenhouses, 905-878-0722. We look forward to talking with you.