Rose Care FUNdamentals, December 2014 – Preparing for a short winter’s nap

One wouldn’t think that the current weather would be leading into a dormant period for our roses. Roses are loving these warm days and cool humid nights. In fact, some are peaking (or soon will be) producing some of the best blooms since June. If you pruned lightly in September and fertilized, it is likely […]

Rose Care FUNdamentals for August 2014

Recent severe weather all over the world and especially in the Western U.S. indicates the unpredictability to be expected in the future. Globally June 2014 was the warmest June on record. Locally it seemed insignificant while daily temperatures fluctuated from above and below ‘normal.’ The last days of July 2014 continue to bring us more […]

Organic fertilizers improve soil, future blooms

Organic fertilizers improve soil, future blooms

Well, for all you lucky rosarians who were fortunate enough to get your roses pruned by mid-February, you are probably enjoying (or about to see) your first blooms. Continue fertilizing. You are hopefully ready for the third application (organic, I trust). As I always say, organics are much better for your soil and ultimately for […]

Apply fertilizer, mulch to rose beds as spring arrives

Apply fertilizer, mulch to rose beds as spring arrives

Local weather and soil remain warm so it probably seems like spring to your roses, which I’m betting have continued their growing cycle even though it is March. In a new rose garden, or with newly pruned roses that haven’t sprouted new growth, remove all debris, apply lime sulfur dormant spray according to the package […]

Take a rest along with the roses during the winter; avoid pruning and fertilizing

Take a rest along with the roses during the winter; avoid pruning and fertilizing

If the weather continues as it has for another couple of weeks, it may be possible to have fresh roses from the garden for use during the Christmas holiday. Daytime temperatures are very agreeable for growing roses. It is important that one monitors the irrigation program for your roses. It may be necessary to modify […]