Plants not in Plant Library - Knowledgebase Question

Melboure, Fl
Question by Sandula2
May 16, 2010
First love this idea of keeping track of all the plants..But, We went shopping at HD today and bought 2 Rose bushes, neither of which are cataloged in your Garden Club. I'm new at gardening..I'm going to kill them.. Help! Bought the Knock out Rose Radrazz PP#11836 and the #3 Rose Climber w/ Trellis by Garden Music. Also did not have the Boxwood Basil I purchased today either.


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Answer from NGA
May 16, 2010

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Let's see if we can help. In general, roses grow best in full sunshine in rich, moist soils. You can prepare the soil prior to planting by mixing in some peat moss, compost or aged manure. Amending the soil with organic matter will help the soil drain well yet hold just the right amount of moisture for the roots of your plants. An added bonus is that it will provide nutrients as it continues to decompose. When planting roses, dig a hole as wide and as deep as the container. Mound a little soil on the bottom of the hole and drape the roots of the plants over the mound of soil. Then backfill around the roots of your plants and water them in well.

Knock Out Rose ?Radrazz? is a shrub rose that grows about 3 feet tall and wide. It produces terminal clusters of single, 3-inch diameter cherry red blooms. As long as it continues to grow through the summer, it will continue to bloom. Some claim it?s one of the longest blooming roses on the market.

Your climbing rose won't need any special care for a few years. When it is 3-4 years old you can begin pruning it to control its size. It will develop tall stems with lateral branches jutting out to the sides. Tie the new growth to the trellis as it develops. Roses will be produced on the lateral branches.

'Boxwood Basil' looks like a miniature boxwood plant with its tight leaf and branch structure and upright shape. However, it is a basil and the leaves can be used for salads, pesto, and cooking. 'Boxwood Basil' makes an excellent edging plant or container variety for a formal appearance on your patio or in the garden. The 12- to 16-inch-tall plant has small, aromatic leaves and, like all basil, grows best in full sun on fertile, well drained soil. It tolerates heat well. It can also be shaped into a topiary. Imagine a basil scented animal topiary in your garden.

Hope this answers all your questions!



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