Roses are jewels of the garden. Unique colors and fragrances of the blooms have inspired poems, conveyed emotions and been inspirational for songs and stories for many centuries.
To grow outstanding roses, a good well-draining soil is necessary. An area with 5-6 hours of daily sunlight is also needed. Roses are heavy feeders and need fertilizer every 4-6 weeks.
Preparing roses for winter need not be a daunting task. Healthy, stress-free roses have a better chance to survive. Stress can be reduced by remembering to water your roses when rainfall is less than one inch a week. A good soaking will greatly help the plant survive. Stop feeding roses and allow rose hips to form. (Rose hips are the fruit of the rose or seed pod.)
Once leaves fall off the rose(s), rake them up and discard. Typically these leaves can be diseased and harbor spores which could create black spot the next season. We can recommend the right products to assist in any outbreak of disease or pest your roses may come into contact with.
Cut rosebushes down to 12-16″ tall.
When cold weather subsides in March or April, pull any soil or mulch away from base of plant before rose begins to bud out for spring.