Consulting Rosarian Tip of the Month
The average first frost is around mid-month for much of the Front Range. Below are a few easy tasks to assist your roses as they bid farewell with their last blooms of the season.
- Continue Integrated Pest Management (IPM) monitoring through early freezes.
- Deep water prior to predicted hard freezes to lessen damage to dry roots.
- Remove any blooms just below the flower.
- Continue to remove basal breaks – these new growths cannot mature before winter, and will only drain energy the plants need to survive until next May.
- Keep beds clean by removing old leaves infected with black spot or rust; trim off mildew or spray with a product like GreenCure®.
- A 2 – 3 inch layer of mulch will maintain soil temperatures. Keep mulch an inch or two from the base of the cane.
- 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 final monthly public meeting of 2017 on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 10:00 am. Visitors and guests are always welcome!