Roses thrive in California's growing environment and take little care. Pictured: Carol Burnett Rose
- Dig a hole twice the size of the root ball.
- Using E.B. Stone Rose Grow Planting Mix combine one part soil and one part planting compost.
- Add one cup of E.B. Stone Sure Start.
- Place the rose in the hole making sure the bud union is 1 to 2 inches above surrounding soil.
- Firmly tap soil to remove any air pockets.
- Water in with Liquinox B1.
- Feed monthly with E.B. Stone Rose and Flower Food.
- Feed every six weeks with Grow More Magnum Rose Food Water Soluble food.
- Apply Sul-Po-Mag and Iron Supplement in January for lusher foliage and brighter flowers.
While established roses are very tolerant of dry conditions, regular deep watering is important to keep them growing and blooming, allow the soil to dry between each deep watering to avoid over watering.
Sandy soils require more frequent watering than roses planted in heavy clay soils.
January is the traditional time for pruning roses in temperate California. Pruning is done
to accomplish two basic things:
- Reduce plant size
- Remove dead and old, unproductive canes.
Hybrid Tea and Similar Roses: Prune canes down to 12 to 18 inches high. Cut to an outside-facing bud. Remove all weak and unproductive canes only leaving 5 to 7.
Climbing Roses: Leave the long canes and remove all side growth. Remove any old, woody canes.
Apply Bonide Rose Rx 3 in 1 at the first sign of aphids, spider mites or thrip. Bonide Rose Rx 3 in 1 should also be applied weekly at the first sight of mildew, rust or black spot.
(Please note: our plant library is for reference and does not reflect availability)