Monthly tips for St Louis Rosarians

January

Peruse Rose catalogs and put in your order for new or replacement plants.

Renew membership to local society/ARS.

February-March

Make plans for the care of your garden during the growing season.

Check gardening tools. Clean, sharpen them and get them ready for spring.

March is a good time to dig up and move roses planted in the wrong location.

Dig up plants to be replaced. Save unwanted plants for the Society auction/raffle or give them to a friend.

April

Uncover plants (remove mulch) around the 15th (typical last frost date here).

Prune plants cut back canes to good wood.

Dormant spray roses after pruning, if growth has not yet appeared; otherwise spray with your regular spray material that is used throughout the growing season.

Feed plants with organic or inorganic fertilizer.

This is a good time to plant your new plants.

Water as needed.

May

Control Aphids by spraying with water or insecticide.

Add mulch to flower beds as needed (beds should have 2 to 3 inches of mulch). 

Finger prune by removing unwanted new growth.

Disbud and get ready for our annual rose show.

Continue with your regular watering and spraying program.

June

Japanese beetle time. Spray with insecticide or use soapy water to eradicate them.

Check for basal canes and pinch them back when they are about 12 to 16 inches in growth.

Remove suckers any growth below the bud union is part of the root stock and must be removed.

Continue with your watering and spraying.

July

Second flush of bloom.

Continue with spraying program.

Water as needed.

Remove spent blooms.

August

Water as needed.

Spray for spider mites, using water or miticide.

Continue with spraying program.

September

Reduce fertilizer application.

Continue with your watering and spraying schedule.

This is a good time to evaluate your garden on how your roses have performed. Have the soil tested so that the PH can be adjusted and the soil amended for the following growing season if necessary

October

Enjoy the vibrant color of the fall blooms.

Maintain your watering schedule.

 November

Keep garden clean of spent blooms and leaves.

Water as needed.

Winterize your garden by covering your plants with mulch.

Remove any diseased leaves or branches to help prevent carryover to the next growing season.

December

Enjoy winter and get some rest from your hard work during November.   

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