Suzanne Horn Master Rosarian, Pacific Rose Society This article is a 2016 Award of Merit winner Roses & You, June 2020 ‘Overnight Scentsation’ is a rose that bears a distinction held by no other. It was the first rose to go into outer space. One of a small number of miniflora roses that actually boasts fragrance, ‘Overnight Scentsation’ (SAVanight) was created by legendary hybridizer F. Harm Saville in 1990 and is classified by the American Rose Society as a medium pink (mp).
Nanette Londeree Master Rosarian, Marin County Rose Society This article is a 2009 Award of Merit winner. Roses & You, June 2020 The dog days of summer are with us, bringing with it a bounty of blooms to the garden. All your diligent work - feeding, watering, and deadheading the roses is paying off with an abundance of gorgeous flowers. Well, most of them anyway. There may be a rose or two that looks perfectly healthy but hasn’t put out a single bloom in months. And it hasn’
Carolyn Elgar Master Rosarian, Orange County Rose Society Roses & You, June 2020 Want to give your rose garden a real treat? Give it a dose of seaweed and it will benefit in many ways, including some we don't know much about. Your rose bushes will flourish and reward you with increased healthy growth. Seaweed has been used for food and fertilizer for hundreds of years. Particularly in areas with easy access to ocean beaches, such as Japan and China, seaweed was spread through
Norma Boswell Master Rosarian, Tri-City Rose Society Roses & You, June 2020 In 2020, if you want to place a sweet treat at your roses’ feet, add humic and/or fulvic acid to the soil (and let earthworms create some for you). These acids are not fertilizers. They are wonder-working soil strengtheners that remain after plant matter has decomposed in a special place like a peat bog, your very own compost pile, or the intestines of earthworms. Humic and fulvic acid improve the soi
Beverley Rose Hopper Master Rosarian, Mother Lode Rose Society This article is a 2009 Award of Merit winner. Roses & You, June 2020 Do you have dead dirt or soil that is alive? Even if you don’t know the answer to this question, undoubtedly your roses do. Anybody can dig a hole, stick a rose in the ground and figure it will grow or not. Sort of a “survival of the fittest mentality.” And for some, it works. Perhaps the roses grow and bloom just to spite the owner “see I d
Rita Perwich Consulting Rosarian, San Diego Rose Society Roses & You, June 2020 Unblemished lush green leaves are a good indication that our plants are thriving, well watered and happy. Leaf abnormalities, on the other hand, are often signals that our roses are under attack or in distress. Causes are varied and can be due to environmental problems, chemical toxicities, mineral deficiencies and fungal and viral pathogens. A plant will respond to these conditions with symptoms
Jolene Adams Master Rosarian, NCNH ARS Past President This article is a 2009 Award of Merit winner. Roses & You, June 2020 Your roses are actively growing now and pushing out leaves – burgundy, dark green, light green, shiny – clean new leaves. The leaves are more than just lovely foliage that covers the plant and keeps the sun from burning the tender bark of the stems. Leaves provide the surface area needed for the rose to collect sunlight and conduct photosynthesis, which
Dr. Lakshmi Sridharan Molecular Biologist This article is a 2009 Award of Merit winner Roses& You, June 2020 Just as a human face reflects the emotions, feelings, and state of health of an individual, the rose foliage reflects the emotions and state of health of the rose plant. Lovely, green, spotless, and blemish-less foliage means the rose plant is perfectly happy and healthy as a well-fed baby is. Malnutrition, microbial infections, and pest problems- all express themselve