How to care for roses during a heat wave

How to care for roses during a heat wave

As I look back over my previous articles, I noticed that since 2013 we have what I suggest is a new normal of high temperatures for August-September. I checked the weather projections and learned that temperatures for the next 7-10 days for Southern California are for over 100 degrees. If you are participating in my […]

How I care for hot summer roses

As unpredictable as the weather has been lately, one thing we can plan historically is periods of intense heat in coming months. We had some samplings in recent weeks. We experienced temps in 90s-100s in June. As summer brings drier, hotter temps, roses will struggle to maintain hydration. It seems to me there has been […]

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 […]

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 […]

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