Q: Please advise on watering techniques during a drought.
Q. My neighbor puts epsom salts in the soil around his rose bushes instead of fertilizer. Is there any advantage to this?
Q. How do I grow roses?
Q. Do all rose bushes produce rose hips in the fall?
Q. How and when do I winterize my roses?
Q. I have recently installed a soaker hose system throughout my garden. How long do I let the water run in order to water adequately?
Q. What sort of spring care should I provide for my roses?
Q. What can I do now to care for my established roses?
Q. I received a potted miniature rose for Mother’s Day. Can I transplant it into my garden?
Q. When and how should I plant bare-root roses?
Q: When and how should I deadhead and prune my roses?
A: Deadheading—the removal of spent flowers—is a form of pruning. Before making pruning decisions about your roses, it is best to determine the type of rose, and how and when it blooms. Roses are divided into different types based on common characteristics.
Pruning cuts should be made on a 45-degree angle, ¼ inch above an outward-facing bud or five-leaf axil. Dead, diseased, spindly, or crossing branches can be removed at any time.