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    Tips on Roses??

    Mon Feb 04, 2002 2:29 pm Groupie
    I'm thinking spring! And wondering---what is the best way to keep my roses really healthy and beautiful.
    Mon Feb 04, 2002 2:54 pm Groupie
    Hey there-if your talking about the plant, and not cut roses one of the best tips I have is to take your banana peels and lay them around the base of the plant to decompose. Best rose food in the world.
    If your talking about cut roses, cut them under running water and add 1 T. of bleach to the water in a vase. Makes them last about 2 to 3 weeks. For bugs spray with liquid dish soap and water-I use a hand held sprayer. Di
    Mon Feb 04, 2002 3:06 pm Groupie
    To keep cut roses last longer, I always use this tip I found from a florist in The Toronto Star years and years ago; they published it around Valentines Day so I guess it certainly is appropriate right now!
    In a large vase, mix half-and-half cold water and room-temperature 7-Up or Sprite; do NOT use diet. Trim rose stems on an angle, use your knife to slit up the stem a small distance (about 1/3 of an inch), and pop in the vase. I always do this, and they really do last a lot longer! I save the little packet of cut-flower preservative that comes with the roses for when I buy elcheapo cut flowers from the market. Top up the vase with room-temp 7-up or Sprite, as needed. BTW, this apparently only works with roses.
    Mon Feb 04, 2002 5:29 pm Groupie
    Thanks Diana and Lennie!! Some great help. I will print out the page and keep it handy.
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