Cover

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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 2-5

Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Roses Real and Mythological: A Brief History of Roses and Rose Rumors

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pp. 1-8

Now there is a misconception about roses that can easily be put to rest. But it is only one of many. Gardeners and nongardeners alike are plagued with myths, rumors, traditions, gossip, and other unreliable information about roses, that most popular of flowers. ...

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Myths and Misconceptions about Roses

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pp. 9-27

One reason that people believe roses are delicate plants is that the rose flower itself appears to be delicate. The petals are soft and easily torn; they quickly fall from the flower when it is cut and brought into the house; keeping a rosebud tightly furled is nearly impossible. ...

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Truths about Roses

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pp. 28-45

The most important step in successful rose growing happens before the rose is ever put into the ground. Choosing the right rose goes a long way in making sure the rose grows well and blooms beautifully. Your climate is the first factor to consider when choosing a rose. ...

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Frequently Asked Questions about Roses

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pp. 46-51

When roses are first planted, they need consistent and frequent watering. If it is not raining after you plant your roses, water them with a drip irrigation system or slow drip of the hose until the soil is moist at least 1 inch below the surface. Putting mulch in place when you plant your rose will keep the soil from drying out quickly. ...

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Many Good Choices Both Old and New

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pp. 52-108

This is by no means a comprehensive list of roses, and your favorite may not even be listed here, but these are good, easy-care roses that will grow in most climates. They are listed by class or family since the classes indicate how the rose will grow and in most cases what it looks like. ...

Appendix: Growing Tips for Earth-Kind® Roses

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pp. 109-110

Index

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pp. 111-118