Rose Care FUNdamentals for June 2023

As blossoms fade, remove only the petals; do not deadhead them, that is, allow hips to form. Valley News/Courtesy photo
Frank BrinesARS Master RosarianIt’s been a wetter than “normal” winter, but there’s a better than even chance that the developing El Nino will bring warmer than average temperatures to Southern California. So, as always, we as gardeners must be watchful and learn how to efficiently manage the amount of water we apply in our gardens. With summer and the warmer temperatures to come this will help diminish heat damage (stress) to the plants. The strategies I will discuss here are:Delivering water efficiently Keeping water in the soil using mulch Allowing your roses a summer dormancy periodDelivering Water Efficiently: Installing the most efficient delivery system is one method to save (conserve) water. Learning your garden’s soil type will help you make a dec
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