Translate this page

Let roses become dormant during winter

Thursday, January 10th, 2013
Issue 02, Volume 17.
Frank Brines
Special to the Village News
You need Flash player 8+ and JavaScript enabled to view this video.

It is important that one monitors the irrigation program for roses. It may be necessary to modify the program if it hasn’t been changed since the hot, dry summer. With lower temperatures, less water will be needed, but roses will still need water to produce blooms.

Because roses like moist, but not wet soil, reduce the amount of water applied if the area receives more than one inch of rain.

I cannot stress enough the importance of "deep watering." The length of time needed for this depends on several factors: the amount of pressure in the system, amount of delivery by emitter, run time, and type of soil.

At this time, do not fertilize anymore. Also, while the weather is relatively comfortable, clean up garden debris (such as dead leaves and petals); this will reduce the population of winter pests and give a jump on spring, as well as a healthier garden next year.

January is a good time to prepare for new plants that you plan to purchase this month.

As winter progresses, the rose will slow down its metabolism, taking a rest. Let the hips set on the bush and remove only the blossom petals to help keep your garden clean and free from any viruses that may come along with the cooler, wetter winter weather.

Do not prune this month. Let the plant enter into a short dormant period. It is the natural cycle of active growing healthy plants reaching their ultimate purpose of producing offspring: seeds in hips. They need a rest from all the work they did all year long.

Pruning is a way of forcing a plant to produce new foliage and become active. There is still more winter to come with frost in the region through the months of February and March. The new tender foliage can be frozen and lessen the plant’s ability to recover for great performance next year.

Sit back, relax, and enjoy anticipating all the pleasure your roses will give you next spring!

Frank Brines is a consulting rosarian with the Temecula Valley Rose Society.



arrow Be the first to share your opinion on this article!

Add your Comment


Images, Formatting, or HTML is not allowed : plain text only. You may post up to 5 website addresses within your comment.


The Fallbrook Village News has tightened its' policy regarding comments.
While we invite you to contribute your opinions and thoughts, we request that you refrain from using vulgar or obscene words and post only comments that directly pertain to the specific topic of the story or article.
Comments that are derogatory in nature have a high likelihood for editing or non-approval if they carry the possibility of being libelous.
The comment system is not intended as a forum for individuals or groups to air personal grievances against other individuals or groups.
Please, no advertising or trolling.
In posting a comment for consideration, users understand that their posts may be edited as necessary to meet system parameters, or the post may not be approved at all. By submitting a comment, you agree to all the rules and guidelines described here.
Most comments are approved or disregarded within one business day.

RSS FeedFacebookTwitter

Advertisement for Stellar Solar


Most Commented

Reach Local Customers

The Fallbrook Village News The Fallbrook Village News
760-723-7319 - 1588 S. Mission Rd. Suite 200, Fallbrook CA 92028
All contents copyright ©2015
About Us
Earthquake Information
Business Listings
Contact Us
Letter to the Editor
Report a website error
Online Digital Edition
RSS Feeds