by Marty Reich, Master Rosarian, Editor of the Rose Leaf
Pruning is on all rosarian minds right now. Should I or shouldn’t I, that is the question? These mild winters are confusing to both roses and rosarians. We used to say prune when the forsythia blooms, but there are newer varieties of forsythia which bloom perhaps too early. In the last Rose Leaf I talked about pruning Austins and climbers in February. I just pruned some shrubs as well. Last year I pruned my HTs and Fls March 16-18, did some touch-up pruning April 28 and the garden was in full bloom (climbers and all) May 14. That is a general plan for me again this year.
Continue reading “March Rose Growing Notes”
by Ron Daniels, Nashville Rose Society
Growing Zone 7
Featured in Roses & You, American Rose Society Member Newsletter
Like all other flowering plants, roses need food in order to grow and bloom successfully. Roses however are heavy feeders. They have greater nutritional needs than many plants. They only get small quantities from existing soil therefore extra fertilizing is essential if you want your roses to perform at their best. For best results, fertilize at the right time, in the right amounts and with the right formulations, which I refer to as “the three R’s”!
Continue reading “My Roses are Hungry!”
After the plant is well leafed out – around May 1 – use any balanced fertilizer such as 10-10-10, Fertilome, or Ortho Food at the manufacturer’s recommended rate. Osmocote and Once are timed release fertilizers that are applied one time in the Spring. Mills Mix is an all organic fertilizer that can be used in the Spring and Summer. Continue reading “Fertilizing Your Roses”
On or about the third week of March (depending on the weather), uncover the roses very carefully so as not to disturb any new growth. A hose at half speed will help remove the mulch.
Continue reading “Spring Pruning for Established Roses”
by Marty Reich, Master Rosarian
You can buy bare root roses, dormant plants sold and shipped without soil around their roots, and plant them in the early spring.
Continue reading “Recommended Planting Procedure for Bare Root Roses”