Temecula Valley Rose Society

Rose Care Corner, November 2005

By Frank Brines, Consulting Rosarian

In our area, it is possible to squeeze in another cycle of blooms before Christmas. Continue dead heading and fertilizing until mid-November. Because the weather is cooling, roses will require less water. It is also not necessary to apply any additional mulch.

Because a cycle of blooms has just ended or is just ending, be sure to clean rose debris from under and around your roses. By removing dropped petals and leaves you can prevent or reduce disease both now and through the winter.

As you can see, November can be an easy month in the rose garden: Give yourself a break now as you power through all your pre-Thanksgiving tasks! And because fresh bare-root roses become available in January and February, send away now for catalogs from specialty nurseries and start selecting the new roses you will order for winter planting!




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