Consulting Rosarian Tip of the Month



When soil is workable (not frozen, too wet or too dry), bare root roses can be planted. Existing roses may also be transplanted with less shock now. Choose a sunny spot away from major tree roots and dig the hole. Very affordable bareroot plants and roses from Bailey Nurseries will be sold at the April 7 SymROSEium. This is a fun and educational event to attend each year – learn how to plant and care for bareroot roses, plus have all your other rose questions answered.



  • Continue to deep water roses to a depth of 8-12 inches when necessary (no measurable moisture in weeks) – but avoid over watering. Keep winter protection on. Roses should stay as dormant as possible despite temperature swings.
  • On nice, warm days, start cleaning 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 Mile-Hi Rose Feed fertilizer. Be ready for the growing season.
  • If starting a new rose bed, and you did not prepare the area the previous fall, amend soil as soon as the ground is workable. 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 using garden labels.


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


To meet other friendly rose devotees, please join us for our monthly public meetings – Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 10:00 am. The April meeting is April 10 at 7:00 pm.  Visitors and guests are always welcome!




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