Q & A

Low Growing Roses

Q I have two 4' x 4' flower beds in my front yard by the street exposed to the full sun in Mesa all day. I have hybrid tea roses all along the front of the house and would love to put low-growing … [Read more...]

When to Prune Roses in Arizona

Q Is mid January still the best time to trim roses, about 1/2 or has that recommendation changed?  I am an Arizona native and for over 40 years my husband and I trimmed them in January for wonderful … [Read more...]

Bermuda Grass – unwanted!

Q I have a problem with invasive bermuda grass in my rose beds. I'm 61 now and with arthritis in my shoulder I'm starting to lose this battle using brute force. Pull, mulch, or use some grass killer … [Read more...]

Brown Edges on Petals & Brown Edges on Leaves

Q What causes brown edges on rose petals? A Brown edges on petals are usually caused by thrips. Thrips are tiny chewing insects that are about 1/16 inch long, with a diameter the size of a … [Read more...]

Hot Princess & Other Pink Roses

Q I love your list of "best roses" and like to use it as a reference when I am buying a new rose bush. I want to find a deep pink hybrid tea rose that does well in our heat. "Hot Princess" seems … [Read more...]

Moving a Fortuniana Rosebush

Q I have a 7 or 8 year old Ingrid Bergman rose bush that I got from a nursery in the South on Fortuniana root stock by mail. It is a beautiful rose bush but my wife planted a peach tree in front of … [Read more...]

Fertilizer and Planting Roses

Q Hello, I am preparing to plant some bare root roses this weekend. I would just like to know if i should mix rose food with the mound where the rose is supposed to "sit" on. The instructions from … [Read more...]