Temecula Valley Rose Society

Rose Care Corner, April 2006

By Frank Brines, Consulting Rosarian

The FUNdamentals

This is the first installment of a monthly column that presents basic rose information that you may not get anywhere else.

April is a good month to mulch your roses. When possible, use composted mulch; it is finely textured and still decaying and releasing nutrients. Spread it 2" to 4" deep but be careful to keep it an inch or two away from the rose stem itself. If you spread it too close, you may accidentally knock off new basal canes. These start out as tiny red dots on the crusty bark, emerging on the bud union (the point where the hybrid rose was grafted onto its root stock). New basal canes replace older stems that are losing their ability to produce robust blooms. So, keep your eyes open and your mulch away from the stem!




Return to Rose Care...