Maryland Garden Center: The Secret to Healthy, Fragrant Roses

Ace_Mar11_RosesRoses are a lot like terriers or pit bulls…you either love them or hate them! Both the dogs and the flowers are misunderstood and need a little different attention, BUT both reward you like no other. Just look at those roses to the right. What could be more beautiful? But it is almost impossible for the average homeowner to grow roses, right? Well, not anymore…

Roses have come a long way from the troublesome early days when disease exasperated even the most seasoned rose lover. Now, many roses, which have been bred to need minimal spraying, are very profusely blooming, with a lot of intoxicating fragrances.

Gardeing Tips: How to successfully enjoy Roses in the mid-Atlantic Region

  1. First and foremost, choose the roses that will give you what you want…fragrance, color, cutting, climbing and so on.
  2. Only buy from an independent garden center who has the desire and ability to provide you with a healthy and well cared for rose that was supplied from the premium stock of a well run grower of bare roots. Big box stores aren’t able to do this. This is why you should head to Ace Hardware & Hearth in Glen Burnie and Pasadena or Ace Home & Leisure in Edgewater for all of your gardening needs. Our experts will help you find the perfect roses and the right gardening products for your unique needs. Hint: The best rose selection in Maryland is in Edgewater!
  3. Next, it is time to plant. Be sure to select a spot that receives 6-8 hours of sun (morning to mid-day preferred) in a Ace_Mar11_ROSE DRENCHwell-drained spot or slope. Once you have selected the perfect spot, dig a hole twice the diameter of the pot size. Put 1” of soil mix in the bottom, sprinkle with an organic food, like Garden Elements Starter Food, that has everything you need, including feather meal. Wet that with water. Set the rose in the hole and fill in around the root mass and lightly compress. Roses are heavy feeders and benefit greatly from a planting with a half and half mixture of Coast of Maine organic Lobster Compost and Bumper Crop. This enlivened soil blend will make available abundant microorganisms that excrete plant ready food naturally. Plant the Hybrid Tea, Floribunda, Grandiflora or climber 1” below the bud union and fertilize. On other rose types, plant at the same depth as it is in the pot. If you want extra plant assurance, water in with SeaMate.
  4. To eliminate fears of aphids, drench the soil with Bonide Systemic Rose Drench from a watering can. A quick and easy twice a month spray with Infuse fungicide will eliminate fears of Black Spot disease.
  5. Feed your roses two times per month until August with Plant Trust, a unique food with CDU from Japan. Once August comes around, it is time to let the roses go to sleep.

That’s it!

No plant can give you the uniqueness of a rose. Whether it’s a shrub rose, a climber, a ground cover or a miniature for containers, roses will reward you for months with just the minimal amount of work mentioned above.

The unique and effective products mentioned in this blog are time tested and are available at all three Ace locations: Glen Burnie, Edgewater and Pasadena. Visit for directions. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.


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