rosesWe are all familiar with the beauty of roses and even their smell. Although a beauty in any garden, they can sometimes be a bit picky. Roses prefer specific environmental conditions and require attention. The following is a list of guidelines to successfully growing roses:

• 8+ hours of sunlight: Roses love sunlight: Not enough of it can lead to a leggy and strectched shrub

 •Fungal treatments: Roses are very susceptible to mildew and other types of fungus. Treating them with fungicide early will help reduce the chances of your plant getting it. Also, keeping other plants spaced away from your rose will help with airflow and reduce the chances of getting a fungus.

Water before 11am: This allows for your rose to dry during the hot hours of the day, reducing fungal issues.

Fertilize: using rose fertilizer (there are fertilizers specific for roses) and feed after every deadheading OR once a week.

Pruning: Prune only for shape. Minimize cutting back as this can weaken the plant.