The right fertilizer for roses

The right fertilizer for roses

This year’s rain came in bursts and made it difficult to complete timely pruning. For many people, their pruning had to be spread out over an unusually long period. For you who were fortunate enough to get their roses pruned by mid-February or even March, you are probably enjoying (or are about to enjoy) your […]

How to keep rose bushes healthy and growing

As of this writing, El Niño has been fading and La Niña has been building, and to our surprise, aiming multiple “atmospheric rain rivers” right at California. I’m beginning to think that normal climate may be the abnormal. In less than five months, rains have all but ended our five-year drought. Be prepared for a […]

Rose Care FUNdamentals set up for spring blooms

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

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 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.