Growing roses

I. DIALOGUES

M: Excuse me, ma’am. I have a problem with my rose bush. It used to produce a lot of pink roses. But now it doesn’t produce any flowers at all.

W: I see. That does seem like a problem. Do the leaves on the plant look healthy?

M: Not really. The leaves used to be very green. Now, most of them have turned brown.

W: Well, I think your rose bush needs some fertilizer.

M: OK. What sort of fertilizer do you think I should use?

W: This liquid fertilizer is very good. It will help make your rose leaves green again. Then the plant should produce roses quite soon. The fertilizer costs about ten dollars.

M: How long will it take for my rose bush to recover?

W: About two weeks, I think.

M: Great. I’ll take it. Thank you so much for your help.

W: You’re welcome!

II. VOCABULARY

  • bush /bʊʃ/: a plant that is smaller than a tree and has many thin branches growing close together
  • rose bush /roʊz bʊʃ/
  • the leaves on the plant /plænt/:
  • have turned brown
  • fertilizer /ˈfɜrt(ə)lˌaɪzər/
  • liquid fertilizer /ˈlɪkwɪd/
  • sort of (BE) = kind of (AE)
  • leave green again
  • produce roses /prəˈdus/:
  • quite /kwaɪt/: fairly but not very
  • costs about
  • take for
  • to recover /rɪˈkʌvər/: