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 […]

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 […]

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