March rose care FUNdamentals

March rose care FUNdamentals

As of this writing, El Nino hasn’t hit yet. Although we have had some rain, we must be aware this area can still get some heavy rain as late as April. I’m beginning to think that the current climate may be the new normal, as the past three years have reflected similar spring weather patterns. […]

November rose care FUNdamentals

We are experiencing a welcome moderation of temperatures and our gardens are showing improvement too. However, cooler temperatures and more humid nights provide moisture to the vegetation which can create conditions for other problems, such as powdery mildew (a white fungi on leaves upper surface) and blackspot (dark splotches on leaves). Roses benefit from a […]

Rose Care FUNdamentals for October

The recent showers were a nice respite from the high temperatures and dry windy weather, but they are misleading, the moisture is only temporary and doesn’t sink very deeply. The outlook is for high temps to return and maybe even triple digits. Last month I gave illustrations and descriptions for mid-season pruning with a suggested […]

Mid-season rose pruning and watering tips

Mid-season rose pruning and watering tips

Summer temperatures and humidity have been all over the map, varying from week to week, never lasting too long. My roses have done quite well using my prescribed “desert practice” for summer. If you are participating in this practice – allowing a summer of rest for your roses – you still have several weeks to […]

Let roses continue with summer dormancy

Once again I’m reminded of unusual weather. The first six months of 2015 were the hottest on record in California and the world! June brought exceptional heat to Spain, parts of Asia and South America. Cattle pastures in the highlands of Switzerland needed water air-dropped to create watering holes for the cattle there due to […]

It’s best to use organic fertilizer rather than chemical ones for roses

All rosarians who were fortunate enough to get their roses pruned by mid-February, are probably enjoying (or about to enjoy) your first real flush of blooms for 2015. Continue fertilizing—hopefully ready for the third application—organic I trust. As I always say, organics are much better for your soil and ultimately for your garden and the […]