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 […]

Mid to late February is ideal time for rose pruning in Temecula Valley

There is no magical specific date to prune. According to all accounts and professional rosarians, the proper time is “late winter.” This has many meanings—bottom line, you want to prune late enough that there’s little risk of frost damage to the tender growth that will emerge from pruning. In the Temecula Valley, last average frost date is March 31, so that means you’re probably safe pruning in mid to late February. Of course, it’s always a gamble. In 2014, the last frost recorded here was April 13.