Consulting Rosarian Tip of the Month



Prime bare root planting and transplanting of existing roses continues up to the middle of the month. Mound soil up around newly planted rose bushes or cover entire bush with burlap or evergreen boughs to prevent dehydration. After two weeks, wash soil away gently a little at a time to permit new growth to become acclimated. Later in the month, pruning of winter hardy shrubs may begin. Prune canes back to green stems and an outward facing bud eye. When pruning, always seal canes with cane sealer, Elmer’s glue or colored finger nail polish to prevent cane borer damage. Plan to keep winter protection on less hardy bushes until mid-May. Keep beds clean. Deep water as needed.


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.


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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