Consulting Rosarian Tip of the Month

 

December

Outdoor gardening activity has slowed to a virtual stop in December. Focus on other activities like decorating, enjoying the holiday season and looking forward to the New Year and a new rose gardening season. This month pay attention to winter watering if it has been dry.

 

  • Check soil moisture levels and water as needed when temperatures are above 45 degrees for several hours during the day.
  • Roots suffer more in dry soil than in wet soil. Water slowly so that it soaks 8 – 12 inches into the soil.
  • When the roses go dormant (after several nights below 23 degrees), apply winter protection such as mulch or pine needles to protect against drying winter winds and multiple freeze/thaw cycles. Apply loosely so water can get down to the roots.

 

This is a good month to clean, sharpen and oil pruning tools and other garden tools.

 

For additional information check out the articles from Dave Ingram, Master Rosarian on rose care through the year under the Growing Roses tab on this website, then click Getting Started.

 

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 –  Mail In Renewal OR New Membership Form. Memberships run one year from the joining date.

 

To meet other friendly rose devotees, please join us for our first monthly public meeting of 2018 on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 10:00 am. Visitors and guests are always welcome!

 

 

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