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How Do I Prevent Rose Black Spot?


“Please give me advice on the prevention of black spot before it occurs.” Question from Carol of Drums, Pennsylvania
Answer: Black spot (Diplocarpon rosae) is such an annoying fungal disease of roses. Here are six measures to help prevent it:
1. Clean your bushes in fall and winter. Remove all fallen leaves and any dead branches from your rose bushes. The fungus overwinters on dead, infected […]

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Why are My Rosebuds Dying Before They Bloom?


“I have a beautiful pink rose bush, but the flowers are starting to look like they are dying as soon as they open.  What can I do?” Question from April of Dresden, Tennessee
Answer: I bet you have had a cool, wet spring because this is when rosebud problems appear. Climatic changes can roses to turn brown on the stem, but fungal disease is the […]

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What Shrub Rose is Heat- and Drought-Tolerant and Fragrant?

Rosa californica ‘Plena’
“I’m looking for a low-maintenance shrub rose that produces highly scented flowers that will thrive in Las Vegas, NV.” Question from Katherine of Las Vegas, Nevada
Answer: There are several fragrant shrub roses that can withstand high heat in your dry USDA Hardiness Zone 8-9 location. But, there are no classic, cultivated shrub roses that can withstand extended drought. There are, however, some native […]

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What are the Best Plants for Mother’s Day?


“What are the Best Plants for Mother’s Day?” Question from Catherine of St. Louis, Missouri
Answer: Well, it really depends on what your mother likes in terms of flowers, but there are several standby flowers and flowering shrubs that are pretty, sweetly scented, and bloom all summer. These are good qualities in a Mother’s Day plant. Here are five great choices that are recommended and […]

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Is It Too Late to Prune My Roses?


“I live in Kitsap County, Washington (state); is it too late to prune my roses?” Question from Jennifer of Silverdale, Washington
Answer: It’s not too late! Many gardeners advocate pruning roses when they are dormant, usually in late winter, but you can prune them at any time. Whether you have a shrub rose, climber, or hybrid tea, you can make strategic cuts throughout the growing […]

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When is the Best Time to Plant Roses Up North?


“When is the best time to plant bare root roses and potted roses?” Question from Deb of Lynbrook, New York.
Answer: In northern climates like yours, the best time to plant roses, bare root or potted, is in the spring. This allows new roses time to become fully established over a season. By the following winter, they will have set good root systems to help them […]

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How Do I Make My Rose Fuller?


“I had a question about roses. I have a rose bush that blooms by itself every year. I was wondering if there is a way to make it more full or expand it. Thanks!” Question from Lisa of New York, New York
Answer: The best way to encourage a bushier rose is by pruning. Cutting your rose back in later winter to spring will give your […]

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Best Time to Transplant Roses in Georgia


“What is the best time to transplant roses in Georgia?” Question from Jacqueline of Statham, Georgia
Answer: The best transplant window in your USDA Hardiness Zones 7-8 location is from November to February, when your roses are largely dormant. Choose a mild winter day when the soil is warm enough to dig. Here are the steps needed to transplant your roses:
Steps for Transplanting Roses

For easier transplant, […]

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Best Soil for Roses


“What is the best combination of soil/amendments when building a rose garden flower bed?” Question from Nancy of Denton, Texas
Answer: It’s an excellent question. A great part of successful rose growing is getting the soil right. The best soil for roses should have a good balance of porosity and water-holding ability in addition to a slightly acid pH between 6.5 to 7. Basically, roses […]

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