Growing Roses w/o Chemicals


Roses are one of the oldest and most popular flowers, brought first to the U.S. by European colonists. They remain a mainstay of the floral business and a perennial favorite of many home gardeners. But they have been thought to require a considerable amount of chemical intervention to flourish.

"Growing roses can be challenging," says John F. Karlik, of the University of California. "Rose varieties vary considerably in susceptibility to diseases, which are more of a problem in humid climates." Karlik, who works for the University of California Cooperative Extension in Bakersfield, Calif. and Mary Lou Flint, write about ways to keep roses healthy in "Healthy Roses: Environmentally Friendly Ways to Manage Pests and Disorders in Your Garden and Landscape."

The wise selection of rose varieties is a big step toward avoiding problems in the first place, he says. Less toxic pesticides include soaps, oils, and certain microbial products. "It is possible to grow healthy roses with beautiful blooms and make few or no pesticide applications," says Karlik.

-- Copyright 2002 by United Press International.

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