I was wondering if anyone here has any experience with roses. I have a few Jasmine plants and some orchids and have always wanted to grow a few roses but I've not been very successful. I'm looking to grow the small roses that grow in a bush, more like a creeper maybe. Is Lalbagh a good place to buy them?
I've heard that roses dont do well with hard water. I stay near Outer ring road Bellandur and we get water in tankers in our apartment. So yes the water is hard.
Also does anyone here know where to get slow release fertilizer pellets? I got them from Thailand when we visited a few months back and they worked like a charm on my orchids. They look like these Homeo medicine sugar balls only they are brownish. You just have to put like a teaspoon of them in the pot on top and then water the plant regularly like you would normally.
Thanks in Advance guys.
Welcome to this forum.
I grow roses and I have hard water. Not sure about your waters hardness. Mine is about 500ppm.
Lalbagh is a good place. Roses love full sun and they are heavy feeders too.
I have a stock of Slow Release Fertilizer for sale.
Let me know the quantity you need.
Thanks GG for the quick reply. I will send you a PM on the slow release fertilizer.
Oh about the roses, I have one balacony which has full sun, not very sunny in Bangalore of late but yeah that should do.
What about the potting mix? Will cocpeat and organic manure(vermicompost) (1:1) do? Or should i add some rose mixture as well?
My experience with slightly hard water is not bad at all. But too hard a water could certainly be a problem. I do think though that In Bangalore you really get the best and robust rose plants. Mine have survived several vacations despite droughts that they face on such occasions.
Feed them once a month, water regularly. Prune the flowered ends to encourage new growth. Plants will take care of the rest. Mine have survived monkeys and what not.
Lalbaug nursery is good. But in January, do visit the flower show. You will see many vendores put stalls and many of them sell ncie varieties, too. I have purchased several over the years and haven't been disappointed at all.
I was going through old posts. The best place to buy roses cheap and varieties is Ramahalli and ketuhalli on way to doddha aalamara(Big Banyan tree). The cheap and best nursery I always pick is karthik nursery. On way to big banyan tree there are plenty of nurseries. People from neighbouring states come take in truck loads. This place is on way to mysore. It is around 10 kms from Rajarajeshwari ngr Temple on mysore Road. You will take right on Rajeshwari Dental College. From Dental college it is around 3 kms. Since I choose one or two plants i prefer to travel by bus. Route no. 227 from city market area. From city market it is around 12 kms. If you don't mind the distance you get the best pick.
For slow release fertilizer Osmocote is the best one (I have seen it only in U.S.). I don't know the equivalent in India.
I pick up roses from KSG Roses in Chamarajpet. They publish a catalog, which you can request for by sending an email to email@example.com. The roses also need to be ordered by sending an email. In general, I found the quality to be quite good.
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