Temecula Valley Rose Society

Rose Care Corner, November 2006

By Frank Brines - Consulting Rosarian


One more application of fertilizer can be done before the third week of November. It's best to use a low-nitrogen fertilizer in order to strengthen the roots for stronger development and resistance to stress. Clear all debris (especially foliage and petals) from the ground around the roses to reduce carry over of this year's diseases. From here on, leave all blooms on the plants to allow the hips to mature. This sends a signal to the rest of the plant that it's time to mature the fruit and start going into dormancy. As petals fall, continue to remove them to keep the ground clear of debris.




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