Roses round up

Over the years, I have experimented with and grown various types of roses: Dutch, English, American and tropical.

They all grew and bloomed for a short period of time. With changing weather patterns most of the imported roses would only survive under semi-shaded conditions, while receiving morning sun light. Roses likes rich soil whether you plant them in a pot or in the earth; fertilize with Miracle Gro Rose Food or Bloom Booster.

There are a lot of Dutch roses on the market, however, their survival rate is disappointing; they are short lived. So, garden friends be careful when choosing your rose plants. Look for hardiness, blooming time and disease resistance.

Read about roses and ask questions, the persons selling them are supposed to be knowledgeable about them.

Personally, I would not trade my cashew (English) roses for any other. They have passed the test of times. My oldest cashew rose is 20-plus years.

Good luck with your rose plants.

Until next week, Happy Gardening.


Know your pines

There are many types of pine trees and in Guyana some people tend to confuse the names and varieties.

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Caring for your gift plants

Many of you would have received potted plants as gifts and with the holiday season having ended, I have received many telephone calls on how to care for these new plants.

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Thuja originated in Denmark and comes from the Cypress family; it was after World War II that it spread across Europe, then to Asia and North America.

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It’s here! Just in time for Christmas. Last weekend, I received the most beautiful, potted, red, velvet-like Poinsettia evoking the spirit of Christmas.

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The Begonia commonly called Shell Rose was first discovered in Brazil by a Franciscan Monk, Charles Plumier in 1690, who named it after his favourite Botanist Michael Begon.

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