Several parts of rose plants are considered edible by many insects, birds and mammals, including humans. Although most roses are protected by thorns, the petals, seeds and fruit, known as rose hips, are a natural part of the food chain for many animals.
Roses grow well in fertile soil that drains easily. They should be planted in areas that receive full sunlight, as they need at least 6 full hours of sunlight every day. Rose bushes must receive at least 1 inch of water every week during the growing season.
Plant a rose bush by choosing a good site for the plant, preparing the soil, keeping the bush moist, digging a large hole, and amending the soil with organic matter. You need gloves, a rose bush, compost or aged manure, a penny nail, a piece of gypsum and a shovel.
Fertilize rose bushes every four to six weeks during their specific growing season, or once there is about 6 inches of new growth visible. Fertilization should continue through the spring and stop about eight weeks before frost typically begins. A fertilizer that contai...
The general rule is to prune a rose bush just prior to the plant's breaking dormancy after the final frost of the season. In warmer climates this is as early as January, and in colder areas, it can be as late as April. There is an exception with old roses, which bear fl...
According to Rose Magazine, there are a variety of garden pests that eat roses, including aphids, cane borers, earwigs and pear slugs. Aphids feed on growing shoot sap, whereas cane borers feed on the rose canes. Earwigs and pear slugs feed on rose leaves.
To prune roses, use a pair of high-quality pruning sheers to cut each stem at a 45-degree angle (away from new growth) to remove dead or damaged leaves, blossoms and stems (canes), keeping the center of the plant as "open" as possible to so air can circulate. Roses are ...