Dany Millikin: A common myth is that you can’t grow roses in Houston. Well, with these few tips I think you can. Zach, what’s your first tip?
Zach: Well, the first tip is, choose the right rose for you.
Dany Millikin: Oh yeah.
Zach: Here we’ve got three of the same rose, and this is Belinda’s Dream. What I love about Belinda’s Dream is, A, I mean it’s a huge, beautiful flower. It’s also fragrant. The other benefit is that it’s an Earth-Kind rose.
Dany Millikin: Okay, okay. Tell us more about Earth-Kind.
Zach: So Earth-Kind is a distinction that Texas A&M gave a handful of roses, that they basically took out and planted them in the middle of nowhere, left to their own devices and came back and they were thriving.
Dany Millikin: Even really, in the middle of nowhere, because they chose several different sites around kind of College Station, Houston area.
Zach: Yeah. So this is one of those roses and even in our landscape in Houston, it still kind of performs fantastic.
Dany Millikin: It does really great.
Dany Millikin: That’s awesome. There are a few other Earth-Kind roses that are really cool. Carefree beauty is one of them that’s really, really great.
Zach: Yeah. Duchesse is a really great white fragrant shrub rose.
Dany Millikin: Smells so good, that one.
Zach: Yeah, there’s a lot of them.
Dany Millikin: Yeah, there’s a lot of them. Okay, my first tip is foliar spraying. You really can add a lot of health to the rose, plus protect it from things like powdery mildew and black spot by rotating a spray that you spray the leaves. So compost tea, molasses and seaweed sprays are all really, really good for roses.
Zach: Yeah, and a third tip that I really try to stress with customers is good air circulation. And that means where you plant the rose, make sure it’s not in a corner that doesn’t get a lot of airflow. Plant it somewhere out in the open, where it gets some drafts and stuff, but then also pruning and deadheading and cleaning out the inside of it to allow air in there so it doesn’t become this little habitat for nasty bugs, that are going to hurt your plan.
Dany Millikin: That’s right. Speaking of nasty bugs, chilli thrips and some other thrips can be really bad, and a great way to control them as mites that live in the soil. Now, some of these mites are native and they can handle heat, cold, but they can’t handle flood. So do you never had chilli thrip problems before Harvey but you do now, those mites are probably gone, they probably got wiped away. Well you can order them at a place called ARBICO, arbico.com, great way to get these underground mites that will protect the whole plant from chilli thrips and other nasty little thrips. So good stuff Zach.
Zach: Great tips.
Dany Millikin: Yeah, great tips. Awesome. Well, for more great stuff and great tips like this, go to homeshowgardenpros.com.