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Purchasing Roses in Containers: 4 Tips
Purchasing Roses in Containers: 4 Tips
Roses growing in containers are widely available for purchase at many nurseries in most areas of California year-round. Many of the less common varieties may be available only as bare-root plants during bare-root season, typically during January and February, either at nurseries or from mail order sources. Read these four tips before purchasing roses: Select […]
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Planting Container Roses: Technique, Soil Preparation and Spacing
Planting Container Roses: Technique, Soil Preparation and Spacing
For those gardeners who have missed bare-root season and have purchased roses in containers, here is our recommended advice for planting container roses. GardenZeus receives commissions on sales made through links in this post. There is no additional cost to you. Water your roses well, then allow them to drain overnight before planting. Use eye […]
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Roses in Spring: 7 Tasks for March
Roses in Spring: 7 Tasks for March
In many areas of California, March is the month when roses break dormancy, or begin sustained growth over spring, summer and into fall. Here are seven tasks for roses in spring: Water and fertilize most rose varieties when they show the first new growth in early spring. Fertilize actively blooming roses at the end of […]
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Rose Pruning: Recommendations for Tools and Protective Clothing
Rose Pruning: Recommendations for Tools and Protective Clothing
GardenZeus receives commissions for purchases made through links in this post. Annual rose pruning, and even monthly deadheading and clean up, can be a big job. And while careful rose pruning is important in maximizing the growth and bloom of your roses, pruning needs to be done carefully, both with respect to your plants and […]
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Roses in Mediterranean Climates: How to Maximize Autumn Bloom
Roses in Mediterranean Climates: How to Maximize Autumn Bloom
With the majority of the summer heat in the past, roses grown in Mediterranean climates often demonstrate a spring-like rebirth in the relatively moderate weather of fall. Here are six tips to maximize your autumn bloom: Fertilize actively blooming roses at the end of bloom cycles as they set new buds and grow new leaves. […]
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Cut Rose Canes as Deterrent for Mammalian Pests
Cut Rose Canes as Deterrent for Mammalian Pests
GardenZeus expert Darren Butler appreciates roses as much for their ability to discourage mammalian pests as for their blooms and fragrance. He considers cut rose canes the best solution to many small-area garden pest problems such as grazing by wild bunnies, cats using beds or pots as litter boxes, digging by raccoons, and similar mammalian […]
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A Quick Overview of Rose Pruning Between Blooms
A Quick Overview of Rose Pruning Between Blooms
GardenZeus receives commissions for purchases made through the links on this post. While rose pruning varies¬†by type and species, many roses need two primary kinds of pruning. The first is clean-up and light pruning after blooming. The second type of pruning is a more comprehensive annual pruning. This article focuses on clean-up and light pruning […]
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5 Tips For Using and Preserving Rose Flowers and Hips
5 Tips For Using and Preserving Rose Flowers and Hips
Now that many of us have actively growing rose plants, here are 5 tips for using the flowers and hips. To maximize the life of cut roses, place rose stems under water and re-cut at an angle. Remove foliage that will be below the water line once in the vase. Leaves Removed Below Water Line […]
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Should Organic Gardeners Fertilize Their Roses?
Should Organic Gardeners Fertilize Their Roses?
Established roses of any variety in fertile soil with a thriving soil ecosystem may need little or no supplemental fertilization to provide abundant blooms. Species and heritage roses also may need little fertilization. Most modern roses will produce the largest, most frequent, and most numerous blooms if they receive supplemental fertilizer. Roses are often fertilized […]
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