Brenda Curiel, owner of Brenda’s Nursery located on Hwy. 281 near Three Rivers, was raised in both the retail and wholesale nursery businesses since the age of nine. She has grown and sold plants and worked as a commercial grower for four years. She has grown bouganvillas, hibiscus and a few other exotics. She has ten years experience with Home Depot.
She gave the club some good tips for growing roses. Selection is most important. Try to select proven winners or antiques. Place the plants in a sunny location. Add small pebbles or smooth rocks in hole. Use bone meal when first planted and amend the soil, if needed, since soil preparation is important for growing beautiful, healthy roses. If it is a grafted rose, do not cover the graft and plant at least one inch above the ground. Water properly by not watering the leaves but just the base and always fertilize.
Choose an appropriate method of combatting insects and disease control (organic or chemical.) Make sure it is done at the appropriate time of the year since some methods may burn in high temperatures.
It is very important to do regular pruning. As soon as roses dry, cut at an angle as this will promote the life of the rose bush thus getting more blooms. Once a year, around Feb. 14th, prune at least eighteen inches from the ground. Do not prune climbing roses.
All gardeners in Live Oak County are invited to participate in the Horticulture Exhibit at the coliseum. Adults as well as junior gardeners may take entries by noon on Thursday, March 25. A card with exhibitor, plant name or arrangement title should be attached for identification, Rose Dove Burch, Mildred Estep and Carol Jambers are the chairpersons. All exhibits must remain in the coliseum until 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 27.