For low-maintenance suggestions from the Philadelphia Rose Society: Go to philadelphiarosesociety.org/faq/low-maintenance-roses-for-southeastern-panjdel
Recommendations for food and water: Kozemchak feeds his roses Rose-tone and Epsom salts (for magnesium). And because he exhibits at shows, and has a higher than ideal concentration of plants, he sprays fungicides and insecticides to keep disease and pests at bay.
He uses soaker hoses for watering, when conditions are very dry.
Where to buy: Because it's become harder to find unusual roses locally, he often buys online from: Chamblee's Rose Nursery in Texas (chambleeroses.com); Heirloom Roses in Oregon (heirloomroses.com); John's Miniature Roses in Oregon (johnsminiatureroses.com); Palatine Roses in Canada (palatineroses.com); and Roses Unlimited in South Carolina (rosesunlimitedownroot.com).
To visit: Kozemchak gives talks and welcomes visitors. He can be reached at PinkyKoz@aol.com.
Hungry for more information on roses?
American Rose Society, ars.org
Del-Chester Rose Society (Delaware and Chester Counties), mhuss.com/dcrs
Philadelphia Rose Society (Philadelphia, Bucks, Montgomery Counties), philadelphiarosesociety.org
Jersey Shore Rose Society, jsroses.com
West Jersey Rose Society (Burlington, Camden, Gloucester Counties), wjrs.org
- Virginia A. Smith