All About Roses April 9, 2018

It’s about time to prune your roses. Roses should typically be pruned when the Forsythia blooms or around tax time, right around April 15th. Roses need to be pruned to promote healthy new growth. If the temperature is above freezing and will remain so around tax time then you can prune your roses. Most roses need to be pruned about two thirds from the top of the plant. Rugosas and Climbers should be pruned about one third from the top. If …

All About Roses March 9, 2018

March is here and it’s time to start thinking about getting your rose beds ready for the new season. Your roses will be starting to come out of hibernation because there will be more light and warmer temperatures (well hopefully anyway!). It’s time to start getting your beds cleaned up in the last two weeks in March. You will want to remove any leaves, extra soil or mulch that you added for extra winter protection. The last week of March …

All About Roses September 7, 2017

September 7, 2017 It is best to stop fertilizing your roses in September so they can start to go dormant. It is also important to stop deadheading. Deadheading encourages new blooms at a time when we want our roses to put more energy into healthy roots for the coming winter. Keep watering until the temperature starts to get down to 35 degrees during the day. If you don’t keep watering, you will get a lot more die back over the winter. Lack of …

All about Roses July 6, 2017

July 6, 2017   One of the best things that you can do to promote more flowers, is to deadhead your roses regularly. This allows your rose to put more energy into producing new flowers, instead of trying to keep the spent blossoms alive. When deadheading, find the first set of 5 leaves and cut just above them at an angle. You will see a small nub next to the stem, which is where the new flower will come from. …

All about Roses May 25, 2017

Roses can be susceptible to a number of pests and diseases. The first signs of a problem will be found by a visual inspection during a walk-through of your garden. Many pests begin their attack on the underside of your leaves. Aphids, spider mites, and rose sawfly worms usually start there and will need to be addressed quickly. There are several remedies for each of these insects. Neem oil is an organic product, but needs to be reapplied after a …

All about Roses May 11, 2017

It is important to remember that, like every living thing, roses need to be fed. I normally feed my roses every two weeks all the way through until the first week of September. With established plants, I recommend fertilizing your roses with a mixture of Atlantis Fish Emulsion, mixed at the rate of two tablespoons per gallon of water. Use half a gallon per plant. Fish fertilizer provide an excellent source of nutrition for plants and the soil. When fish fertilizers are …

All about Roses

April 27, 2017 Are you thinking about adding some new roses this spring? Did you have a couple that didn’t make it through the winter? Taking the time to properly plan and prepare your rose garden will reward you with rich, sumptuous blooms year after year.  Roses prefer a rich, well-drained soil that is slightly acidic (pH between 6.0 – 6.5). Roses are very tolerant of different soil conditions, but will thrive in garden soil that is improved with ample …

All about Roses

April 13, 2017 I’d like to talk about how to help your roses thrive. Some people tell me that their plants are healthy but don’t flower well. Roses need 6 hours of sunlight to do well. There are a few exceptions, one of which we will be getting this season. Another thing that roses need is slightly acidic soil. Roses like a range of 6.5 to 6.2 PH. You will find that roses are fairly heavy feeders. Using Miracid every …

All about Roses

April 2, 2017 It’s April and this is the time to start thinking about your roses. Begin removing any extra winter protection you added to your rose beds. Remove any leaves or soil. In the next couple weeks, you may begin pruning your plants. Climbers should be pruned about 1/3 of their height. Shrubs and Knockout Roses should be pruned to give them good form. Hybrid Teas, Floribundas & Grandifloras need to be pruned about 2/3 of their height. You should …