Roses thrive in California's growing environment and take little care. Pictured: Carol Burnett Rose Planting
Apply Sul-Po-Mag and Iron Supplement in January for lusher foliage and brighter flowers.
Eventhough 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 times for pruning roses in temperate California.
Pruning is done to accomplish two basic things:
- 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.
- The mix of the two fertilizers helps create a good balance of nutrients for seasonal blooms and long-term health.
- 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.
Summer Rose Care
With a little care and attention, roses can bloom all summer long and into fall. By the end of May, roses have completed their first bloom cycle and it’s time to deadhead and feed them to promote more bloomsIf roses are not dead headed, energy will go to producing rose hips (seedpods), but few flowers.
- Rule for deadheading: Always cut stems 1/8-inch above a leaf or leaf node.
- Feed after deadheading to help new growth.