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Earth-Kind® Roses—even the name makes us want to know more!
Indeed, gardeners, it is said, come in two varieties – those who grow roses and those who would like to grow roses.
Unfortunately, to the uninitiated, this has seemed like a daunting task, and experienced rose growers could attest that indeed, it is truth. Regular roses are such problem children.
Traditional rose growing means lots of spraying with chemicals, constant pruning, short lived plants that are difficult to grow, just right soil, bug problems and frequent diseases.
This constant and frequently toxic intervention is the opposite of goals in sustainable landscaping. It’s enough to put off the environmentally conscious rose grower forever. However, today there are newly tested, sustainable varieties of roses that gaining in popularity -- Earth-Kind® Roses.
Today’s Sustainable Rose
Earth-Kind® Roses are the newest generation of roses for today’s sustainable landscape. Extensively researched at the Texas A&M University, these roses are hardy, low maintenance, and easy to grow.
Earth-Kind® roses are an impeccable choice for the sustainable landscape. As of 2009 21 cultivars have now been designated Earth-Kind® Roses. These include dwarf shrubs, small shrubs, medium shrubs, mannerly climbers and vigorous climbers.
Earth-Kind® Roses are the perfect choice for anyone desiring to grow America’s favorite flower, but skip all the negatives traditionally associated with rose growing. It does not matter whether you are a veteran or neophyte, now you can grow roses in a sustainable way.
Since 1988 Texas A&M scientists have been testing dozens of roses to find ones that anyone can grow and that would incorporate the best environmental practices for sustainability.
What resulted could only be considered, as one journalist termed it, “rose abuse.” Initial research tested 468 shrubs of 177 different cultivars. Only 11 of these showed promise for excellence in harsh conditions.
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