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Growing Organic Roses

April 11, 2013 - GrowOrganic
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Do you grow roses? DId you ever think about growing them organically? That way you not only keep synthetic pesticides out of your garden and groundwater, but you can EAT and DRINK your roses too. In our new video, Tricia shows you how to grow roses organically and she gives basic guidelines on rose care and pruning. Now, let’s eat those organic roses. Pick up your pruners and follow us into the rose garden. Strong fragrance means strong rose flavor Our friend Teresa O’Connor is an edible…
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Hi I'm Tricia an organic gardener, I grow organically for a healthy and safe food supply for a clean and sustainable environment for an enjoyable and rewarding experience roses are often very overlooked as an edible plant but the hips and the flowers have a lot of uses in baked goods, preserves and teas and a lot more if your going to eat your roses i suggest you grow them organically and never eat roses that are from the florist or the garden center and dont eat roses that have been treated with a systemic fertilizer make sure that you now what roses your eating the best tasting roses are the most fragrant roses the stronger the scent is the better the flavor roses like to be planted in full sun they like to be well watered and they like soil that is well drained and slightly acidic. Finding the right spot for your roses is the first thing you need to do healthy soil is the basis for organic gardening and spring is a great time to take care of the soil around your roses when your roses are four to six inches of new growth fertilize and give them a soil drench of either alfalfa our compost tea fertilize with an organic fertilizer thats blended for flowers or you can use alfalfa meal which is what I'm going to do roses are heavy feeders so give them at least two feedings a year I'm also going to give them a soil drench of alfalfa tea to go along with their spring feeding Tea feeding for roses should be done at least once in the spring and then again in the fall these tea bags from Haven or malibu compost are easy and convenient sources for tea and just top it off with about two inches of compost be careful not to get the compost up against the trunk of the rose bush in addition to caring for your soil pruning will go a long ways towards making your roses happy and healthy and if you live in a climate where you have a dormant season you can start pruning right before the spring growth you're roses will let you know when the bud eyes turn pink and begin to swell that's the ideal time to prune in warm climates like florida or southern california you should prune around New Years when the weather gets a little bit cooler know your roses, different types of roses need different types of pruning and some like climbers and ramblers should be pruned after bloom instead of when they're dormant I'll be giving you some general pruning guidelines for all types of roses make sure your pruning tools are clean and sharp and you want to disinfectant them in between each bush make sure that your cuts are smooth this is an example of a nice smooth clean cut here's an example of a jagged cut, not smooth at all prune out branches that are growing towards the center any crossing branches and also weak branches prune to improve air circulation, air circulation is key to preventing many diseases cut a quarter of an inch above a nice outward facing bud this encourages outward growth instead of growth towards the center of the bush and cut out suckers from the root stock and weak basil growth prune out dead and diseased wood disinfect your pruners after every cut when you're removing the diseased wood remember the keys to growing great roses location good soil and diligent pruning so grow and eat some roses and grow organic for life.

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Hilary Kemsley Says:
Apr 27th, 2013 at 5:17 am

Hello Charlotte,

Thank you for all the super information you have shared. I’ve bookmarked your site for constant refreshers.

Charlotte, to my surprise I am having a devil of a time finding the ‘right’ edger i.e. 4’ tall with an edge that can be sharpened. I have two lovely 15 year old ones, and want two more. Have looked high and low on line and in the stores in my home town of Ottawa. I was wondering - do you have any suggestions about where to find such an edger?

It would be lovely to hear from you or one of your team.

Faith Says:
May 12th, 2014 at 10:09 am

I have not been able to find organic roses sold anywhere. Where do you buy them.

Stephanie Brown Says:
May 13th, 2014 at 9:12 am

You have a couple of options if you can’t find a certified organic rose bush. Start with a conventionally grown rose bush and raise it with organic methods. This is what certified organic farmers do. If they can’t find certified organic perennial planting stock they buy conventional and it is considered organic by certifiers after one year under organic care. The other option is to take cuttings from a friend or neighbor that has an organic garden and raise those cuttings.

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