Author Archive: Lou

 
 

What to do: November

The month of November requires consistent fertilizing for a peak bloom cycle. The heavy lifting was done in September and October as you added more soil to plants, lightly trimmed roses and focused on a liquid fertilizer program. Here is what you should plan on doing in November: Watering Schedule: November is a transition month for watering […]

 

What to do: October

The month of October requires consistent fertilizing for peak bloom in November. The heavy lifting was done in September as you added more soil to plants and lightly trimmed roses. Here is what you should plan on doing in October:   Watering Schedule: October is a transition month for watering roses. The first part of the […]

 

What to do: September

The month of September is a transition month from the searing temperatures of summer to lower temperatures, especially mornings. Add More Soil: On Sept. 1, add more potting soil to roses in containers, if needed. The ideal potting soil is 4 parts Kellogg’s Patio Plus potting soil (can be purchased from Home Depot or Lowe’s), 1 […]

 

What to do: August

The month of August is typically one of the hottest months in Tucson in regard to taking care of roses. The summer program started on May 1. At that time, here is what we did as a reminder. Step one: We filled potted roses with more high-quality potting soil up to 2 inches from the top. A great potting […]

 

What to do: July

The month of July is typically one of the hottest months in Tucson in regard to taking care of roses. The summer program started on May 1. At that time, here is what we did as a reminder. Step one: We filled potted roses with more high-quality potting soil up to 2 inches from the top. A great […]

 

What to do: June

The month of June is typically one of the hottest months in Tucson in regard to taking care of roses. The summer program started on May 1. At that time, here is what we did as a reminder. Step one: We filled potted roses with more high-quality potting soil up to 2 inches from the top. A great potting […]

 

What to do: May

The month of May is one of the most important months in Tucson in regard to taking care of roses because of 100° temperatures which are right around the corner. In early to mid-April, the annual spring bloom has taken place. In the last few weeks, old, spent blooms have been cut off plants just […]

 

What to do: April

Fertilizer Strategy: There are two types of rose growers in Tucson. One is the casual gardener who is happy with average roses. Then you have the hard core grower who is after the biggest and best roses possible. Here is what you do for both. Casual Gardener: From mid-February to the end of April, fertilize every […]

 

What to do: March

Fertilizer Strategy: There are two types of rose growers in Tucson. One is the casual gardener who is happy with average roses. Then you have the hard core grower who is after the biggest and best roses possible. Here is what you do for both. Casual Gardener: From mid-February to the end of April, fertilize every […]

 

What to do: February

Pruning: Pruning your roses should be completed by early February. Make sure you remove all leaves. For more information on pruning, Click Here. Once you’re done pruning, be sure to clean up all dead leaves and throw them in the trash, not your compost pile. Dead leaves may harbor mildew spores and other diseases that can infest your […]

 

What to do: January

There are two major areas to attend to in January — pruning and planting. Pruning We recommend pruning your roses in late January. Prune your hybrid teas, grandifloras, floribundas, old garden roses and mini roses at this time for a spectacular spring bloom typically in early April. Proper Equipment: There are several tools that you will use […]

 

What to do: December

December is a time to relax in rose growing. Your fertilization for the year is done, and spraying your plants with insecticides and fungicides is not necessary as cooler weather is the norm. December brings freezing temperatures early in the morning at times which is good for the plants. You undoubtedly will see leaf drop which is […]