Plant Up Patio Roses
Modern patio roses bloom for many months and allow gardeners with limited space to enjoy their color and fragrance. Look for roses labeled "patio" or "miniature" and place containers in the sun.
- Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything
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Water the plants well after planting; you may have to add a little more soil after watering if it exposes the roots. A mulch of manure over the top of the soil will help retain moisture. Keep the container moist during the growing season, and stand it on "feet" during winter to make sure excess water drains away easily. (Tip: A larger pot will provide more insulation against the cold.)
Tip: Feeding Your Roses
In spring, remove the top layer of soil and add some fresh soil mixed with a granular rose fertilizer, applying it according to the manufacturers' instructions. You may need to top up with a liquid feed in the summer, but avoid doing so in late summer because this will encourage soft growth that's vulnerable to frost.
Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything
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