Consulting Rosarian Tips for February:
February in the
rose garden mostly means leaving the plants alone. They are still down for their
winter nap; don’t do anything to wake them up until it is safe, around May 1.
watering needs every so often. Snow covered or frozen ground means everything is
fine. If we hit a warmer, dry spell where the ground thaws, go out and dig down
3-4 inches and squeeze some soil. If it is crumbly and dry, then deep water
early on a day when the temperature will be above 45 degrees for several hours,
to give the moisture time to penetrate deeply.
On nice days,
start cleaning up leaves and other garden debris that may harbor disease spores
or insect eggs. Make sure your mulch is at winter levels, and your mounds of
winter protection, on those roses that need it, are intact.
February is also a good time to think back on what
worked and didn’t work in your garden and to plan what you would like to do this
For rose questions, contact
Consulting Rosarian in your area.
Roses in Review
Every year, the American Rose Society
conducts a survey of roses and how they grow in gardens around the
nation. The national results will be published in a future
edition of the American Rose Society magazine. The results for
the Rocky Mountain District (Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Utah and
Wyoming) are available now! The first file contains the
results sorted by variety, classification, garden rating and
exhibition rating. The second file contains the comments
provided by the reviewers.
The book, Growing
Roses in Colorado, published
by the Denver Rose Society is a "must have" for those who want to grow beautiful
Get a glimpse inside the
Growing Roses in Colorado.
Available at area garden retailers and gift shops. For wholesale
inquiries please contact Betty Cahill at
locations that sell the GRIC book