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Plantidote of the Day 2011-04-20

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Pretty in Pink week continues with a coral-pink rosebud on the verge of opening. If you'd like to grow roses but aren't sure where to start, the American Rose Society can probably answer all your questions. Someone please correct me if this is wrong, but it seems that the most important considerations with roses are choosing the right plants for your climate and giving them proper care (lots of sun and water, appropriate nutrients and pest control). Not so hard, pretty much the same as with any plant.

Tempted to buy those inexpensive bare-root roses on sale at the supermarket or garden center? Not so fast! Only buy bare-roots plants that are recent arrivals. The longer the plants sit in the store, the more likely they'll be dried out, according to Sunset's Western Garden Book. Best results come from roses graded No. 1 or 1 1/2; lower grades grow more slowly and take longer to bloom.

Finally, you'll get a longer shelf life from cut roses if you follow these instructions from a Master Rosarian.

Reminder: If you happen to take pictures of your roses this year, don't forget -- Plantidote would be thrilled to have them!

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Readers, please send twig (twig4now@gmail.com) images and stories for the ongoing Plantidote of the Day series. In exchange, you'll win undying fame in the form of a hat tip! Plants growing in your garden, your house, or neighbor's yard, plants from the forest or farmers' market, plants you preserved, plants you prepared (wine; cider; tea; dried beans), plants you harvested (grains; chanterelles), plants you picked (flowers), plants you dried (herbs), plants you covet or hope to grow someday. Herbal remedies, propagation tips, new varieties, etc.. And if you can, include some solid detail about the plant, too -- a story, the genus and species, or where you got the seeds, or the recipe, or your grandmother gave it to you. Or challenge us with a "Name That Plant" mystery entry ... And please feel free to add corrections and additional information in the comments.

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