When am I supposed to prune my roses and by how much?
The best time to prune your roses is in late winter, early spring just as you see that the leaves are starting to bud out. Pruning before then runs the risk of additional frost injury. When you prune them, you will be removing dead wood, weak and crossing branches. How much to remove depends on the gardener’s own goals.
Rigorously pruned rosebushes have fewer flowers, both at the first flush of bloom and throughout the season than do plants pruned more moderately. Drastic pruning can produce coarse flowers and reduces the food supply that is stored in the stems. Continuous cutting back year after year lessens the vigor of the bushes.Read More
Roses like good drainage and are heavy feeders, so we like to make sure that no matter what your soil type that you add as much compost and/or well rotted organic matter into the mix of the rose bed to make a loose friable growing space. Sand can be added too, but it does not open up air spaces in the soil like organic matter does, so it should not be the only additive, particularly when dealing with clay soils. You do not want to create a ‘clay pot’ effect so make sure that you mix the garden soil well into your rose bed mix.Read More
The winter holidays are here, and for our friends in the southern most parts of the country, it is time to think about planting roses. Here at Jackson and Perkins we have roses bareroot and in containers for spring planting. New for this year is a sunny faced floribunda called Tropical Sun.
Check out the new spring line at http://www.jacksonandperkins.com for these and other great roses. The full spring line should be on line by the end of December.Read More
Living in the New York and New England areas, the winters can be very cold, and the soil is sometimes a heavy clay composition. If you would like to plant a rose garden, the best roses for the area would be shrub roses or floribunda roses that are more cold hardy and can withstand the winter conditions. The large-flowered hybrid tea roses are beautiful, but they would have a more difficult time adapting to and surviving conditions there, so we would not recommend them. Amend the clay soil with organic materials such as peat moss, compost, and old manure to make a good rich soil for roses.Read More