Heather said: “Used coffee grinds mixed in the soil works wonders!”
Vonna said: “Add epsom salt in the ground. It’s a tip from Martha Stewart!”
Kimberly said: “I heard that dish soap suds poured around roots keep the bugs away!”
Deidre said: “Bury banana peels near the base of the rose bushes. They love them!”
Leslie said: “I have never had them before and the house we moved into this past summer has 13 bushes. They were all getting tall and lanky so I took a chance and cut them all back and when I say cut… I really cut. They are now beautifully shaped nice and bushy and full of buds. I do give them the banana peels, I just bury them at the base.”
Loretta said: “Horse manure!”
Lynda said: “Fireplace ashes work as a great winter fertilizer and trim the bushes as around mid March and then will bloom in May. Cut them back again and they will bloom again in the early part of fall.”
Cory said: “When watering, don’t get the leaves wet. They will get sunburned if wet in sunlight.”
Deb said: “I like Knockout Carefree Roses. They are a small rose that can take our extreme Midwest winters.”
Jami said: “Grow easy roses! Not the needy English tea types. Hardy Blaze climber, and we have the Fairy, no aroma but I’ve never done a thing to it except for the occasional prune and it’s great. Also, dig a really great hole when you plant, fill with lots of super rich compost and maybe some rose fertilizer or the other things folks have listed here.”
And finally… Ellen said: “Buy some really fabulous fakes and plant in ground. Water if neighbors become suspicious.”
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