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 […]

Roses need lots of care in dry, hot weather

Roses need lots of care in dry, hot weather

The recent brief shower didn’t bring relief from the high temperatures and dry Santa Ana winds for either humans or plants. Fall is finally here? Doesn’t feel like it. The outlook is for high temps and maybe even triple digits. Last month I gave illustrations and descriptions for mid-season pruning with a suggested timeline for […]

It’s almost time for late-winter rose pruning

Mid-February is approaching quickly, which means it’s becoming time for late-winter rose bush pruning. Late-winter pruning resets the plant’s biological clock – a wakeup call to begin a new life cycle. Gardeners can expect a flush of blooms 8- to 12-weeks later, depending on temperatures. The procedures listed below mostly apply to hybrid teas and […]

Fertilize roses before mid-November

Fertilize roses before mid-November

We’re 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 good […]

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