Consulting Rosarian Tip of the Month

 

October

The average first frost is around mid-month for much of the Front Range. Continue Integrated Pest Monitoring through early freezes. Deep water prior to predicted hard freezes to lessen damage to dry roots. Deadhead beneath flower heads – if at all – to help roses slow down. When removing spent blooms this month, cut just below the bloom so as not to stimulate growth which would be injured severely by freezes. Continue to remove basal breaks (red-maroon new stem growth at plant base).  Keep beds clean by removing old leaves. Take time to plan and prepare new rose beds.

 

Powdery mildew and blackspot may continue to appear this month.

 

Check out Dave Ingram’s “Getting Started with Roses Volume VII October” for additional timely tips. This information and more growing and care information can be found under the Growing Roses drop down menu on each page of the website.

 

Growing Roses in Colorado (GRIC) has a wealth of information on care of roses, find the book at area garden centers, gift stores or order from this website.

 

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.

 

Please consider joining our society, we’d love to meet you. You may join on line or send in a paper copy. Paper renewal for existing members or new members who prefer to mail in the form –  Membership Mail In Form.  Memberships run one year from the joining date.

 

To meet other friendly rose devotees, please join us for our next monthly meeting – click on the calendar link for the full schedule including classes taught in the community by rose experts. Visitors and guests are always welcome at monthly meetings (no charge)!

 

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