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When planting your long stem roses, be sure to select an area where they will get 6 hours of sunlight and good air circulation.
Do hard pruning in late winter or early spring just as new growth begins. Remove old damaged canes from center to let in fresh air and sunlight, leaving thick healthy ones forming a circle on outside. Cut remaining stems to 12-24 inches and fertilize in a few weeks time.
To protect during harsh winters, tie canes together and mound with soil. Surround mound with insulating materials such as leaves or straw and shelter with a cylinder, perforated with breathing holes.
Adopt a regular spray program to protect roses and their leaves from disease.
And, don't forget to give your long stem roses lots of water!
Roses and Rose Gardening
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