Use this calendar as a guide for caring for your roses throughout the year. Follow these guidelines and enjoy your gorgeous roses.

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PRUNING CALENDAR

January – February

  • Remove 1/3-1/2 of growth

Why we prune:

  • Stimulate vigorous new growth
  • Replace old weak growth
  • Permits good air circulation
  • New growth is what bears flowers

Growing Season Pruning:

  • Cut flowers
  • Groom
  • Deadhead
  • Cut to a 5-leaflet leaf

 July – August:

  • Remove 1/3 of growth to generate growth for fall flowers

 

PEST & DISEASE CONTROL

February

  • Spray with horticultural oil & Copper
  • Clean up all debris, leaves & pruning’s
  • Leave no fungal spores

April & Beyond:

  • Keep Leaves dry after 12 noon

Aphids:

  • Use soldier beetles and other predaceous insects
  • Jet of water
  • Horticultural oil
  • Neem
  • Safer’s products

Mildew:

  • Horticultural Oil
  • Serenade
  • Neem

Black Spot:

  • Dry foliage after 12 noon
  • Baking soda and oil ½ tsp. of each in a Qt. of water
  • Keep debris cleaned up

 

FERTILIZE

February – March

  • Be gentle.  Dry slow release fertilizers such as organics or liquid such as Max Sea.
  • Moderate feeding is better to support growth and flowers.
  • Fast, lush, soft growth can be more susceptible to disease and insects
  • Switch to bloom formulas or feed after each bloom cycle

Alfalfa Meal or Pellets:

 

  • Use throughout season to stimulate basal breaks, cane growth and more flowers.
  • Stop feeding September – Early October

 

WATER

Growing Season:

  • Once rains have stopped, irrigation should be deep and regular.
  • 5 gallons per week per rose, or wet to 16”-18”

Benefits of Mulch:

  • Water retention
  • Keep soil cool
  • Weed suppression
  • Encourage earthworm & microbes for crumbly soil
  • More oxygen in soil and better drainage