Consulting Rosarian Tip of the Month
When soil is workable, bare root roses can be planted. Existing roses may also be transplanted with less shock when moved during dormancy. Deep water when necessary when moisture has been scarce—water mid-day when temperatures are over forty degrees. Keep winter protection on and renew if necessary. Roses should stay as dormant as possible, despite temperature swings.
March is a good month to clean up the rose beds, remove old leaves, trash and other debris. Take an inventory of supplies and tools. Purchase new pruners, you are worth the price of good ones. Stock up on fertilizer and any supplies you might require for pest management. Get ready for the growing season!
If starting a new rose bed, and you did not prepare the area the previous fall, amend the soil as soon as the ground is workable. Study rose literature and continue landscape planning. Consider raised beds if drainage is a problem. Roses need sun for at least half a day and can use full sun. Morning sun with afternoon shade is preferable. Do not plant roses near large trees or hedges. Remember to update rose bed maps with names of newly planted bushes. Consider having garden labels made for them. Growing Roses in Colorado (GRIC) has a wealth of information on selection and care of roses.
Two speakers will be presenting programs this year at our annual educational SymROSEIUM. Join us for Carol O’Meara, CSU Extension Agent and Entomologist in Boulder County with a program on Japanese beetles and Tammy Jansen, former DRS President and expert rose grower with a program titled – “Practically Perfect: Ideal Roses for YOUR Garden and their Secrets for Success.” Both programs are not to be missed! Click here for more information – Educational Rose SymROSEium, April 1, 2017, Denver Botanic Gardens.
Also plan on joining us for the annual rose pruning demonstration and workshop on April 22, 2017 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm at the Jefferson County Jail Complex in their rose garden. YES, the inmates take care of a rose garden – a one of its kind program in America. For more information – Jail Rose Pruning
Please renew your annual DRS membership. Existing members may renew on line under the MEMBERS area. You can also mail in your renewal from the link. Paper Renewal for existing members or new members who prefer to mail in the form – Mail In Renewal OR New Membership Form.
Consulting Rosarians (CRs) are available to assist you with your questions throughout the year. Contact them by typing in your question on our Contact Page. A list of CRs is on the DRS website – Denver Rose Society.
To meet other friendly rose devotees, join us for our next monthly meeting on March 11th at the Denver Botanic Gardens plant society building.