Rose Care

Compost! For Sale in The Garden This Saturday!

Saturday, February 28st  come to the Rose Garden at MCC and buy bags of Ken Singh’s compost. Read about Ken Singh and his compost here. Volunteers spread it in the Rose Garden at warp speed and it … [Read more...]

The Summer Heat is Nearly Here

As the weather heats up we have fewer and fewer roses and they are smaller and smaller. Early every morning I cut all the roses I can and fill our smallest vases. I don't cut long stems because the … [Read more...]

Brown Leaves on My Roses

Q HELP! I came back after being gone a week, and my mature rose tree now has brown leaves where new buds/flowers should be growing. It looks as if it has lost it's volume. A neighbor took care of my … [Read more...]

Rose leaves turning yellow – Watering Roses

Q I am a "snow bird" in Casa Grande with a small rose garden of 8 bushes. I have a current problem of yellowing leaves on nearly all bushes. It does not appear to be from excess water. I drip water … [Read more...]

Water Wand – Goodbye Aphids and Spider Mites

Q I need to purchase a water wand for washing aphids off of a couple of my rose bushes. I understand from my reading that the wands available in the big-box stores may not be most kind and effective … [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...]

Selecting & Planting Roses/ Pruning Roses

We have two great new articles: Selecting and Planting Roses by MaryLou Coffman, Mike Jepsen and LeRoy Brady Select varieties that grow to the size, height, width and depth of the garden area … [Read more...]

Starting Roses from Cuttings by Rita Tall

Below is a picture showing clearly the foam cups (with holes on the bottom) covered with quart-size plastic bags, sitting in 8oz containers. Lately I have been using the see-through container (one at … [Read more...]