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Roses and The Black Dragon Rose

Roses have a reputation for being somewhat troublesome to grow.

With pruning, diseases and special fertilizer to consider, many people are put off before they even start.

This is a shame since it’s really not so tough to enjoy these magnificent flowers. With proper sunlight, adequate drainage and a sensible feeding regime, growing roses is not particularly difficult.

Today, we’ll have a look at growing roses and we’ll also take a glance at the black dragon rose and whether it actually exists or not.


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Where To Grow Roses

Think carefully about growing conditions when you are deciding what type of rose to grow. Get this wrong and you’ll face more work with poorer results.

There are two constants needed to grow all kinds of roses, though:

  • Full sunlight
  • Moist soil that’s well-drained and has plenty of organic matter

You’ll need to shoot for at least 6 hours of light each day. Give them less and your plants will not bloom successfully. They’ll also be more prone to attacks from pests or diseases.

While a few varieties of rose will be able to cope with some shade, roses generally dislike shady areas so choose accordingly.

Make sure your plants are sheltered from any strong winds.

Planting Roses

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You want to plant your roses when they are dormant. This can be anywhere from fall through to late winter or early spring.

Bare Root Roses

These roses are sold as sets of roots encased in peat moss. They are best purchased when they are dormant or on the verge of growing.

Soak the rose’s roots for a couple of hours before planting.

Make sure you dig your planting hole wide enough for all the roots to fit in comfortably. It needs to be deep enough for the bud union to rest at soil level. The bud union is where the rose is fixed to the rootstock.

Place your rose in the center of the hole.

Spread the roots out nicely and backfill the hole.

When you tread in your rose, be firm but not excessively hard.

Water well and do not mulch in the first year.

Container-Grown Roses

Although roses grown in containers are more expensive, they are also much less hassle to plant.

Dig your planting hole double the width of the pot and about the same depth.

Remove the rose from its pot and loosen up the roots.

Pop the roots into the hole, backfill with the remaining soil then water thoroughly.

After Planting

Lay down some mulch around your roses 2-3 inches deep. This will help the soil to keep the moisture in and will also keep some soilborne diseases at bay.

Pruning and Deadheading

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You need to prune your roses to keep them healthy, vibrant and blooming.

Most gardeners will start pruning at the start of spring either before the plants start growing or just as they are beginning to grow.

You want an open center for your plants to grow. You need air to flow freely throughout.

The more heavy pruning usually takes place early on in the season.

You can continue with deadheading on an ongoing basis. Deadheading is when you cut off any faded blooms.

Not only will your roses look much better, deadheading can also stave off some plant diseases and it will also help to encourage better blooming. Cut any faded flowers to the nearest leaf.

Watering Your Roses

You’ll want to give your roses a pretty steady amount of water. They are not particularly tolerant of drought.

As a rule of thumb, give your roses about 1 inch of water each week.

Water them deeply so that the roots will be coaxed further down.


If you have plenty of rich soil or other organic matter in your garden, you can probably skip the fertilizer.

For anyone blighted with poor soil or choosing to grow roses using containers, a proper fertilizing regime is crucial.

A general, all-purpose fertilizer should do the trick. Follow the instructions carefully. Less is more. A heavy-handed approach to feeding can lead to root injury, fewer flowers and even dead roses.

When growing container roses, they will be unable to go any deeper and will rely on you for their nutrients. Slow-release feed is a smart choice. You’ll only need to use this this a couple of times each season and the roses will be fed for months on end.

Pests and Diseases

Like with any plant, roses can suffer from both pests and diseases.

  • Japanese Beetles: These big beetles can strip the plants and foliage in just a few days. You can pick away light attacks of Japanese beetles by hand. Use a garden insecticide for severe outbreaks
  • Black Spot: If you see ugly spots on the foliage of your roses, treat with garden fungicide meant for roses. To prevent black spot, do not plant roses too close together, ensure they get enough sun and avoid using a sprinkler to water them
  • Powdery Mildew: This gray-white film can again be treated with fungicide. Allowing proper airflow helps p

The Black Dragon Rose: What’s It All About?

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If you Google any flower, even the most exotic and uncommon, you’ll usually find a huge range of information.

Searching for the elusive black dragon rose, there is little to be found except random seeds for sale.

The only meaningful background on the black dragon rose is found on this site. The writer’s main point is that rose cultivars are never grown from seed but propagated vegetatively. He also calls into question rogue traders selling these seeds and the poor feedback generated from users.


It would seem that the black dragon rose might well be an urban myth and an easy route to cash for some unscrupulous sellers.

Buyer beware!


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Ruby Falls Redbud

Ruby Falls Redbud is a large flowering shrub variety of weeping tree which is also known as Weeping Redbud, Eastern Redbud, Love Tree (due mainly to its heart shaped leaves) and scientifically as Cersis Canadensis.

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It is said to be the “offspring” of Forest Pansy and Lavender Twist (Covey) from which scientists from North Carolina hybridized it in 2001.

From among the seeds that germinated from the cross-pollination of Forest Pansy and Lavender Twist, Ruby Falls Redbud was the most beautiful. Its rich purple to burgundy color is thought to be derived from the purple leaf colors of the Forest Pansy and its weeping growth form was inherited from Lavender Twist.

Important Note: Weeping trees are called such due to their branches and leaves that grow downwards resembling a weeping person. If left unpruned or trimmed, they will grow as low as touching the ground.

Ruby Falls Redbud flowers are reddish purple in color and are at times lavender too which might be due to its Lavender Twist genes. This particular tree is very hardy and can withstand very cold temperatures down to -5 degrees F without dying or drying too much.

They are best planted in a moist and well-watered soil and are found all over the USA. There is also a variety of Ruby Falls Redbud in Asia and in Greece.

During summer, the leaves turn to greenish purple. In the fall, their color becomes golden yellow to red orange as they start to fall down. Winter makes the leaves disappear but bounce back with marvelous splendor as spring comes in.

Redbud’s colorful appearance make it a favorite garden ornament of landscapers. It is a relatively small tree having a height of 8 feet but can grow up to 25 feet if not pruned. It spreads to a width of 182 cm and to even larger than its expected height if not trimmed.

While other weeping trees look creepy, the Ruby Falls Redbud shrub stands majestic and beautiful. You can actually mistake it for the Japanese Cherry Blossom because of its somewhat reddish pink flowers.

Planting and Maintaining

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Ruby Falls Redbud is easy to grow. This shrub only needs full sun and watering every 3 days. Plant it in moist soil where the sun can fully nourish it. The flowers start to come out by early spring and stop at the end of spring itself (late March to late April) when the foliage begins to develop. And every autumn the leaves also begin to drop and totally disappear when the cold season comes.

Pruning is very important when maintaining a garden tree and Ruby Falls Redbud isn’t an exception. With such beautiful burgundy red colors, it is best to always trim the leaves and prune the stems whenever the tree becomes a little heavy to look at.

Make it a habit to cut dry stems or diseased branches so as not to spread the problem to the whole tree. Disinfect the cut portion with alcohol after every pruning.

Keep watch of pests that might attack the leaves. They may cause disease in the tree. It is best avoided by removing these plant eaters early rather than relying on pesticides to kill them once they grow in numbers and eat up most of your Ruby Falls tree.

There is no need to spray on fertilizer to Ruby Falls Redbud. They can grow productively with just sunshine and water.

Some More Redbud Facts

According to some growers, Ruby Falls Redbud flowers are also edible and can be eaten raw and added to salads. It is also amazingly fragrant. Ruby Falls, as the other Redbud trees, live only for a maximum of 20 years and they look even more droopy and weeping as they age.

Wrap Up

Ruby Falls Redbud weeping tree helps to create a delightful view in any garden or backyard. This shrub is one great species produced by science marrying two equally attractive weeping redbud trees.

If there is any large shrub that you should think of buying and growing, Ruby Falls Redbud is well worth a try.

We hope our featured article has been a good help in your quest for finding the best weeping tree.

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Lilacs and the Josee Reblooming Lilac

Many gardens today are studded with the incredibly vibrant color provided by lilacs.

This deciduous shrub is very often used for landscaping because it forms into a natural fence.

We will look today at some basics about lilacs before checking out a very specific type, the Josee reblooming lilac.

Lilac Facts



The common lilac is known as Syringa vulgaris. Lilacs are actually members of the olive family Oleaceae. This flowering plant grows most naturally in hilly regions with plenty of rocks.

Lilacs will grow anywhere from 2m to 10m in height depending on conditions.

In the spring, they give off masses of blossoms with a very distinctive scent.

The individual flowers are actually pretty small. They all grow together in clusters, though, and the impression is a striking blanket of white, pink and lilac hues.


The lilac hails from the scrublands and woodlands of southern Europe and southeast Asia.

Nowadays, you’ll see lilacs growing almost anywhere with a temperate climate.



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You’ll see the lilac from October through May.

It starts to flower in the spring.

Bear in mind that if you are bringing on lilacs from seed, you’ll need to be patient. It might take several years for the first flowers to come good.


There are 20-25 species of lilac which is from the genus Syringa. The olive family, of which its a member, also contains plants like jasmine and privet.


Here are some handy hints when it comes to planting lilacs…

  • Choose soil which is fertile and well-drained. It should also be rich in humus and alkaline. A pH near 7.0 is ideal. You can always add some compost or fertilizer if your soil needs a helping hand
  • Lilacs don’t like too much water so make sure that any site you choose for growing them drains well. If you overdo the water, your lilacs won’t bloom
  • Make sure that your lilacs can get full sun. They need at least 6 hours of direct sunlight a day for best results. Again, you will encounter problems with blooming if they struggle for sun
  • You can plant in spring or fall but it’s definitely best to opt for spring
  • One great way to kickstart some lilacs in your garden is to use suckers. Suckers are offshoots of the root system of an old plant. Dig a hole and backfill it. Throw in your sucker and water thoroughly. In just a few years you could be rewarded with a huge bundle of fragrant lilacs
  • You should space out your lilac shrubs from 5 to 15 feet apart depending on the variety of lilac in question


On now to a specific dwarf variety of this bewitching plant…

Josee Reblooming Lilac

Now that we have taken a glance at lilacs in general, how about the exotically-named Josee reblooming lilac?

Read on for some more information about this dwarf lilac capable of flourishing for longer than the regular variety.

 josee reblooming lilac

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This dwarf lilac produces wonderful flowers either alone or when used to create marvelous, natural hedges and borders.

As the name would suggest, Josee reblooming lilac is a repeat bloomer so you won’t be limited to a single showing of flowers.

If you plant multiple Josees, you can attract a wide range of butterflies into your garden which is always a bonus.

This plant is very cold-hardy and also tolerates the heat surprisingly well.

After blooming in late spring, you can continue to enjoy your lilacs right through until the first frosts.


The flowers are pink when in full bloom.

The Josee prefers loamy, alkaline soil. They dislike too much water inkeeping with all lilacs.

They flourish under either full sun or partial shade.

Spacing and Size

Mature plants grow 4 to 6 feet tall and up to 5 feet wide so they are pretty substantial shrubs.

Space them nicely at around 5 feet intervals to permit maximum growth.


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