Roses—What to do in Spring

The following rose care calendar is from the book Growing Roses Organicallyby Barbara Wilde.  These suggestions are for zones 7 and 8.  Spring is a great time for roses!

March:  Finish planting bareroot roses early in month, finish winter pruning early in month, check irrigation systems, sow annuals to attract beneficial insects.
April: Plant containerized roses.
May: Release beneficial insects if necessary, plant containerized roses, gather roses for drying and culinary use, begin deadheading repeat bloomers, begin monitoring for diseases and insects, monitor water needs–especially of new plantings and plants in bloom.

Gene Boerner Floribunda Rose
Gene Boerner Floribunda Rose

 

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