Friends of Peninsula Park Rose Garden
Let’s Talk Rose Care!
The answer to so many gardening questions is “It depends!” But, in general, frost probably won’t cause lasting damage to your rose bushes, provided you take some precautions.
Winter (in the Northern Hemisphere) is dormancy time for roses, meaning there are only a few things you need to do to take care of rose bushes in winter: mainly mulching and some light pruning.
Generally, roses can go without much pruning in the fall. However, if you live in a location that gets wind or that starts experiencing freezing weather in fall, you may want to do what we here in the Pacific Northwest call wind pruning. This amounts to pruning tall...
No, there is no such thing as a truly black rose. There are dark red or crimson roses, which may darken as they age and dry out. And florists may paint or dye roses for special occasions. The roses grown in Halfeti, Turkey are a dark crimson color, and are grown as part of the large commercial enterprise for rose petals, rose water, and rose essential oils.
Most roses require a fair amount of sunlight each day. Additionally, they like to be watered regularly. We like to fertilize our roses once a month during the bloom season. If your rose bushes look healthy, but have no blooms, you might try fertilizing, if you aren’t already doing that. If the bush is getting 6 or more hours of sunlight and plenty of water, consider getting a soil analysis.
The tallest roses are Grandiflora roses. They tend to grow from 6 to 8 feet tall. Many other types of rose bushes grow tall, including climbers and ramblers, as well as some Hybrid Tea roses.
The best time to plant roses is springtime, after the danger of frost has passed. There are several reasons for this, including that bare root roses and many new container roses are available from growers in springtime, the soil is soft enough and warm enough to encourage growth, and roses are coming out of their dormant period because of increased sunlight and higher temperatures.