Growing Roses in the Subtropics

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Growing roses in the subtropics requires a little extra effort to ward off insects, fungal diseases and other problems caused by the increased humidity. Learn the necessary coping strategies in this free video on growing roses.

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Hi, I'm Stan DeFreitas, Mr. Green Thumb. Growing roses in the subtropics is a bit more difficult then some other parts of the country, only in that you probably have to do a little bit more trimming when you get into some dead wood. And, you are going to have to trim occasionally those die back branches. And you probably are going to have a bit more problem with insects and fungus. The more tropical the more humidity. And remember, fungus just really likes to grow on that moisture. So, you are going to have to go ahead and spray the plant down with a good insecticide and fungicide probably on about a weekly basis. You've got to dedicate yourself to that proposition. Trimming off some of the dead that's going to occur. You are going to have to make sure that you keep your rose leaves as dry as you can. And by that, I probably water early in the morning as oppose to late in the afternoon or evening. The subtropics probably present a few more problems but you also get to grow year round and you don't have to worry about winter kill in the subtropics. That's one of the big advantages. Remember to trim off like we have some of the dead. Make sure you spray it and remember that roses are pretty heavy feeders. You'll be feeding probably about every two weeks. For some growing tips on how to grow roses in the tropics, I'm Stan DeFreitas with askmrgreenthumb.com.

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