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Carpe Diem: Roses

Carpe Diem: Roses

The art of roses today has evolved into science. You don't need a degree in horticulture to grow them...however selecting the right rise bush for your yard does require some thought. There are literally thousands of hybrid roses -- so its grade matters and do does the size of the cane. Denise Rodriguez, an El Paso County extension agent in horticulture explained, the grade determines the quality of hybrid roses.

A grade of "one" is the highest, with the most fragrant, beautiful and lasting roses. As the head curator of the University of Texas at El Paso John White explains, the grade can also determine if "it is insect and disease resistant." White says you want the cane to look thick as well. The cane is the green stem the roses actually sit on . White says you want them to be thicker than a pencil or you should clip them. Once you've selected a rose bush, you need to make sure you plant it in a area that provides appropriate room for when it reaches maturity.

Rodriguez says there is also a way to troubleshoot potential problems. Rodriguez said the presence of ladybugs is an indicator you have some invasive bugs... since ladybugs like to eat them. A sure way to tell is to see if the rosebush leaves look glossy or sticky, it can be the residue from these bad bugs. White said, Iif you end up clipping roses from a bush with bugs, "don't throw the rose on the ground." Rodriguez said if you see little holes in the leaves, that is not a bad sign. "Those are leaf cutter bees that are actually using the leaves for their nest material so they won't do any damage," Rodriguez said and she advises rose growers to leave the leaves and the bees alone as they help each other.

On Gear Friday we'll take you to the El Paso Municipal Rose Garden and show you why it is a great tool in figuring out what kinds of roses to buy, and how to care

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