Rose Care FUNdamentals

September in Southern California hints at the cooler weather to come, usually in the temperature range favored by roses. It’s a busy month for gardeners. If you haven’t done a late summer pruning, now is the perfect time. Pruning now will allow for one or two more cycles of blooms and help make it easier […]

Temecula Rose Society co-president’s message

Thanks to all who attended the August members’ meeting! We had a lot of participation and the brainstorming generated many great ideas to help in our strategic planning. The organization’s board of directors works very hard toward making meetings and events interesting for everyone. It is always rewarding when you attend and participate. I am […]

Rose Care FUNdamentals

July and August are usually quite hot in the Temecula Valley, so take steps to protect your roses – give them a rest! When flowers fade, remove only the spent petals; do not prune away the flower stems. This prevents the plant from initiating new growth to replace the flowers that have been pruned away. […]

Rose Care FUNdamentals

Rose Care FUNdamentals

The variation in climate from garden to garden in our area makes it tough to provide one set of suggestions for everyone this month. Some gardens are approaching or are in a bloom cycle, while others are at the end or are finishing a cycle. If your rose garden is at the end of a […]

Rose Care FUNdamentals

If you had flowers available in your garden to cut for last week’s rose show you know how great it was to have blooms. For some of us (including me) the blooms came and went two weeks ago. This spring has been somewhat unusual – again! The several hot weekends brought the buds to maturity […]

FUNdamentals for April 2008

Mother Nature has been good to us rose growers this past month. She has sent us nearly normal temperatures with moderate day/night variation, and even a little rain–but not quite enough for our thirsty roses, so be sure to check the soil moisture and give them any additional water they need. I’ll bet that your […]

March rose care FUN-damentals

If rose pruning was completed in January\February, there is likely new growth on the bushes. When new growth is about two inches long, it’s a good time to apply the first fertilizer. The day before feeding, be sure to give the plants a good watering. To foster good root growth before the onset of the […]

Rose care FUNdamentals for February

Location, location, location! Every winter many people ask me when they should do their first rose pruning of the year. Here in the Temecula Valley, the answer depends on the microclimate in which you live. You can do your first major pruning anytime between Jan. 1 and mid-February, but do it late enough to avoid […]

Rose care FUN-damentals

A new year means new beginnings and so it is in the rose garden. This is the month to do the first major pruning of the season. It’s well worth the effort. It gives your roses a great start for the entire rest of the year because it stimulates the production of husky new canes […]

December rose care

Well, here we are, the end of the year 2007. With Thanksgiving barely passed and Christmas looming before us, we are thinking of holidays past and planning for holidays to come – who to buy what for, where to go, shop, travel, visit and decorate, prepare, cook, so many sugar plums racing through my mind. Stop. […]

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