Roses are plants that have been grown by humans for more than 6,000 years, and they come in many different colors, shapes and sizes. Grow roses in sunny spots with good drainage with help from a sustainable gardener in this free video on gardening tips.
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Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen, and in this segment, we're going to talk about how to grow roses. Now, roses have been a plant that's been grown by humans for, at least, 6,000 years, and they've been grown at palaces and in gardens throughout history. And they've been associated with nobility and beautiful, public gardens, and there are so many different colors that they come in -- and different shapes and sizes. But what they have in common is that they're very easy to grow. As long you have a sunny spot and good drainage -- they never want to sit in water. They like moist climates, so they don't do well with really, really dry desert conditions. They do love the Northwest, and Portland, Oregon is known as the rose city because it's the perfect climate for roses. They do really well. And it's December, so my plants are really dying back, and they still have some green on them. We haven't had...really had a freeze yet, and so if you live in a colder climate, they would've been dead or died back by now. So my rule of thumb on a rose is if they're green, leave them be. If they're yellow, cut them out. So periodically, year-round, I like to trim back my roses. And the rule of thumb is never trim it back more than one-third the size of the rose. Now, when you're cutting or pruning them back, make sure to cut where they meet another leaf line. You don't want to cut all the way down into the branch where there's no leaves or no points where they're going to grow new starts. There's so many different varieties of roses and some are more susceptible to black spots or to mildew or rotting. So make sure to do your research when you buy your roses and find out which ones do the best in your climate in your area because if you have black spots or you're having problems with your roses, I found that a lot of times, they're just a really old rose bush and they've done their time. They're more susceptible to diseases. There's so many varieties that'll do better if you just do your research and find some varieties that'll do well in your climate. Just keep them in full, hot sun, water them well, let them dry out in between watering, cut them back here and there as they get kind of Medusa-like, and you'll find that your roses will be nice and lush and they'll bloom beautifully every summer.