Consulting Rosarian Tip of the Month
Once-blooming shrubs and many climbers are best pruned after flowering. Maintain your fertilization program. Continue dead heading and seal the canes. Also prune out weak inner growth to keep healthy airflow through the bush. Continue deep watering (especially immediately prior to any spraying or fertilizing). Do not spray when temperatures are over 85 degrees. Using Integrated Pest Management (IPM), monitor for pests and diseases.
The choice fertilizer recommended by the Denver Rose Society is Mile-Hi Rose Feed, which is available at your favorite local independent retailer. During the summer heat apply additional mulch to an average of 2 – 3 inches deep. This will conserve water and keep the soil cooler. Keep mulch an inch or two from the base of the shrub. Cut spent blooms (aka dead heading) properly to promote continued flowering. Enjoy the flowers!!
Check out Dave Ingram’s May “Getting Started with Roses Volume V (June through August)” for additional timely tips.
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 – the July meeting is July 14, 2018 at 9:00 am at the Littleton War Memorial Rose Garden. Visitors and guests are always welcome!