|The Do's & Do Not's of
- DO start to uncover roses around Easter. Clean ground with rake
and remove old leaves.
- DO prune with common sense, only in spring, preferably in late
- DO remove all sucker growth from bud union.
- DO prune and seal canes on outer side above eye at a 30 to 45
degree angle so borers cannot
enter the canes causing damage to bloom. Use Elmers glue or finger nail
- DO NOT prune climbers for 2-3 years after planting. Remove dead
wood only. This makes the plant develop and established.
- DO spray with lime sulphur before leaves appear in early
spring, spray the surrounding ground too.
- DO transplant in early spring or late fall only, if possible.
- DO mulch less than two inches during the growing season.
- DO apply fertilizer before a rain if possible.
- DO dead-head old blooms to make room for new flowers.
cut old flower stems above where you see 5 leaflets.
- DO prune climbers after first bloom. (Only after they are
established, 3-4 years old)
- DO water with a watering wand and not overhead with a hose. Do
water the bottom of the bush (bud union) only, not the leaves or flowers.
Water in the morning.
- DO loosen soil around bud union occasionally for air
- DO NOT grow roses in shade. They need a minimum of four to six
hours of sun.
- DO water in the morning if possible so leaves will dry by
evening. This will cause less problems and fungus on the foliage
- DO break-up hard, clay soil with 1/3 peat moss, 1/3 existing
soil and a little agricultural sand and 1/3 compost mixture. Sweet Peet
mixed with soil in a 1:1 ratio is excellent to break up hard soil while
providing nutrients.If bad
drainage exists, raise bed six to eight inches higher.
- DO spray roses every 8-9 days for diseases with such products
as: Bi-Carb, Fungonil, Orthenex or Rubigan. These will eliminate disease
problems if the products are alternated.
- DO apply only aged manure or Sweet Peet that has already been
- DO plant tall roses in back and shorter in front. Teas,
floribundas and miniatures should be planted 2 feet apart. If these are
large shrubs or climbers, give them more room (36-48 inches)
- DO water when ground is dry. In 85-90 degree temperatures, water as
needed so they will not dry out.