“Did you hear about the rose that grew from a crack in the concrete? Proving nature’s laws wrong, it learned to walk without having feet. Funny, it seems to by keeping it’s dreams; it learned to breathe fresh air. Long live the rose that grew from concrete when no one else even cared.” Tupac Shakur.

The humble, sometimes over looked, rose has been around for millions of years. In fact some smarty pants science guy found a 35 million year old rose! Can you say antique rose?? It has to be said that the rose is one of my favourite flowers- they have an amazing aroma and if you look after them in the right way they can last for almost 2 weeks which means that you can enjoy their beauty for days to come!

Yellow Roses
yellow roses

If you’re lucky enough to be the owner of a garden then why not grow roses in your garden? That way you can fill your house with the sweet scent of this flower and also your eyes will have something beautiful to look at day after day! If you’re interested in growing your own roses I’ve got a whole host of rose care tips that you can use to get your roses a-blooming!

  • Start your roses off right by making sure you grow them in a good spot. Roses do best in full sun (at least 6 hours of direct sun a day) and well-drained soil that’s rich in organic matter.
  • You can add crushed up egg shells to your compost or sprinkle them around the base of your rose bush as an additional treat for your roses.  Eggshells provide a valuable source of calcium for growing plants and also deter certain pests without the need for chemical, just remember to wash your egg shells out before you crush them- it might get a bit stinky otherwise…
  • Roses are kind of like people: Each has its own personality. That means you can’t expect every rose to perform the same. Select roses that are best adapted for your climate.
  • Mulch! Mulching your roses is super important; it helps the soil stay cool and moist longer during hot, dry weather, so you have to water less often. And a layer of mulch over the soil effectively stops many common weeds from growing.
  • Roses usually do better when they get a about an inch of water a week during growing season but keep in mind your soil consistency- more sandy soil will need a bit more water.
  • You should prune your roses in the early spring.
  • Deadheading, or cutting off flowers after they fade, helps your roses look better and allows the plants to put more energy into producing blooms instead of seeds.
Giant Ethiopian Roses
Giant Ethiopian Roses

So what if you don’t have a garden to grow these blossoms in? Well that is where NetFlorist comes in with fantabulous roses to buy online! At NetFlorist you can buy roses for any occasion online. OK, well may be not every occasion, sadly they don’t do wedding flowers, but they do do (hehehe do-do) engagement flowers and anniversary flowers! Really, this means you can spoil anyone who getting married or is celebrating their wedding’s birthday (or anniversary if you want to use layman’s terms). NetFlorist has it all when it comes to buying roses online in South Africa! All you have to do is logon to take a gander at their rose goodies and they’ll do everything else- nationwide flower delivery included!


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