January 2010 Consulting Rosarian Report

By Montine Herring

January is the month of New Year’s Resolutions and new challenges with our rose growing. I tend to not keep my resolutions so I am not making any this year. With the freezing temperatures we are having, it is a good time to take a little vacation from all the hard work and sweat endured during the past growing season. Some of the routine things we ca all do in January to get ready for a good growing year include some of the following:

1. Get a soil test to determine what needs to be added to keep your pH around 6.5. You can get this done through the Extension Service.

2. Take a good look at your roses bushes and decide which ones need to be replaced. Visit the local nurseries to see what varieties are available. It is not too late to order from your favorite suppliers.

3. Get all your tools and equipment inspected and sharpened. Sharp tools will make our pruning easier. If you need a new sprayer this will give you time to purchase one. Be sure our safety gear (goggles, respirator and gloves) is up to date.

4. Take inventory of all your chemicals and fertilizers. Check the shelf life of your chemicals and replacer if needed.

5. Be kind to yourself and read some interesting rose articles. I enjoy looking at past editions of ARS magazines and reading some of the articles again. I always learn something new.

6. Attend the DSD Mid-Winter Meetings and other DSD events. These are fun opportunities to visit with rose friends, attend programs and get rejuvenated for growing better roses.

May 2010 be a good and happy year for you and your roses.

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