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Northern California Regional Reports

Winter Rose-Care Regimen for Northern California

This is the best time of year to plant, prune, spray, and fertilize roses

Photo: Fionuala Campion

Winter is the coldest and wettest time of year here in Northern California, and January is usually the quietest month of all for most gardeners. For the budding or seasoned rose lover however, it is time to get busy!

Add to your rose collection

Now is a good time to get newly purchased roses in the ground. Photo: Fionuala Campion

Your local nursery has just received its shipment of bareroot roses (Rosa spp. and cvs., Zones 3–9), and whether you’re looking for a hybrid tea, floribunda, tree rose, or climber, the choices available in January are at their very best. Some nurseries pot up their shipments straight away, while others sell their roses bareroot to their customers. Whether potted or bareroot, a rose is best planted while still dormant. As soon as you can after you’ve brought your rose home, dig a hole twice as wide as the roots’ spread,…

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