Missouri Botanical Garden Bulletin Volume 2
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1914 edition. Excerpt: ... make the rose garden a success. While a location with a full-day sun exposure is much to be preferred, it is not absolutely essential, and where a choice must be made it is best to give roses the morning sun. Beds should not be located near trees or shrubbery. Roses are heavy feeders and for their best development require an unusual amount of fertilizer; when planted near trees or shrubbery, the roots of the latter deplete the soil of nourishment, with the result that the roses suffer. If, however, planting in close proximity to trees and shrubs is unavoidable, it is advisable each year to dig a trench (about a foot wide and two or three feet deep) around the rose bed and fill with well-rotted cow manure. This procedure prevents the roots of shrubs from actually entering the rose bed. Soil.--Roses usually do well in any good garden soil, but better results are obtained if considerable care is exercised in the preparation of the ground. Roses require a heavy, well-drained soil. To obtain this, the area to be used for a bed should be dug out to a depth of from eighteen inches to two feet and if the drainage is not good another six inches should be removed and this space filled with broken stone, brick, or old flower pots. Upon this porous stratum six inches of well-rotted cow manure should be placed and finally sufficient heavy soil to finish the bed, raising it not more than three inches above the surrounding grade. This latter layer should, if possible, be top-soil (including sod) from an old pasture. After making the bed, it should be allowed to settle for a week before the planting is begun. Planting.--Roses may be set out either in the fall or in the spring. The spacing depends very largely upon the variety; tea and hybrid tea varieties may...
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