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Planting Roses

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Every suburban and country residence should have plenty of roses. However small the place, or unpretending the house, the hardy June and climbing roses should at least find a place ; for, once planted, they require but comparatively little attention thereafler. All that is necessary is to give good cultivation anc careful pruning. One of the great mistakes in rose-cultïire is to suppose that they will be a1 home in any situation. Roses do not da well in hot, arid, or in wet soils, or in situations. where the radiation is excessive They like a strong, well-drained, rich clay loam, beat of all, and this, where it does not naturally exist, is easily provided, at least so far as their immediate wants are concerned, a hole the size of a bushei basket, filled with tho proper soil being ampie. When climbing roses are planted for running over a porch or building the effects of radiation may be obviated by mulcbing the surface for three or four years, or until the plants become fully established. It is also well to give winter protection, since transplanted perennials of any kind are more liable to winter-kil before they are well established than after. In transplanting roses, or indeed any plant, care should be taken that the roots do not becorae dry after being unpacked Plant in spring, as early as the soil is in cultivation, always before the buds start. When you order the plants from the nursery prepare your ground inimediately, so that when the plants come no time may be lost. If tho soil is poor use manure liberally if it be thoroughly decomposed. None other is advisable ; composi is still better. If such is not at hand get soda and loam from the fence corners, placing them deeply under where the roses are to stand. A bushei to each plant chopped fine, upon which is laid good fine soil or compost, will keep your plants growing admirably. If the ground is dry, they should be watered thoroughly when set, and well mulched on tho surface ; you will then have but little trouble in getting satisfactory returns for the labor bestowed. One great mistake, however, with beginners, in planting all trees and shrubs, is that they leave the soil too loóse in the holes, and fail to pack it well about the roots. This should be carefully attended to. It is one of the most prolific sources of failure. The soil should be left so firm that it will settle but slightly after the transplanting is finished.


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