Rose Care FUNdamentals for October 2019

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The next two weeks’ weather forecast looks like southwest Riverside County is back to a period of more normal temperatures for this time of year, but Santa Ana winds could show up anytime now. Gardeners should make sure to check their irrigation system if they haven’t after the heat of summer. Roses should be actively recovering from the light fall pruning they received in September. I gave instructions for midseason pruning with a suggested timeline for pruning and restarting a feeding program. What may not have been clear is that it is meant to be a light pruning and must be carefully calibrated with the weather conditions. Specifically, when temperatures remain in the 90-plus range, gardeners mus
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