Roses are always a sight to behold, coming in a wide range of colours and growth habits. In addition to regular watering, a feeding with a fertilizer high in phosphorus in mid summer to encourage rooting and buds will help in producing healthy plants and long lasting flowers. A dash of Epsom salt or compost at the base of each of your plants can also be used as a spring fertilizer.

Roses should never be mulched with wood chips or bark. We suggest leaving the soil bare to allow adequate air flow to the roots of the plants.

Did you know Richmond Hill was known as the rose capital of Canada in the early 20th century? This was due to the large greenhouse operations that were setup to serve the local market.

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