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Surabhi Rana

I'm very fond of roses but every time I plant it in my balcony , it gets powdery mildew , and doesn't last even a week. Is it because of lack of sunlight as I get sunlight only for an hour or two.

   
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preeti kumar

My father felt his garden was not complete without rose bushes and ensured we had roses every winter, with the plants being bought from the circuit house nursery. These hoity toity plants took up most of his time and needed lots and lots of care. I remember him having to dig pretty deep pits, fill them with manure, sprinkle with leftover tea leaves of the day from the kitchen, an occasional whiff of pesticide spray, and then prune in October. All this to wait for them to bloom for 3 months in winter! This was 20 years ago. Over the years the bushes dwindled down to one, due to lack of care. Last year the one surviving white rose bush suddenly burst into bloom and for the first time I truly enjoyed the sheer beauty, symmetry and timeless elegance of a rose. I now grow the desi variety - independent little creatures, hardy survivors with a heavenly smell and which bloom satisfactorily the year round with little care.

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