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Shasta Rose Society

Over 150 people gathered this morning in front of Redding, CA City Hall, not to protest, but to trim roses. The group was organized by the Shasta Rose Society, a nonprofit educational organization. In addition to Rose Society members there were also Master Gardeners and the general public pitching in or hoping to learn a few pruning tips while helping out and having a good time.

The Society meet monthly (except July, August and December) on the third Wednesday of the month at 7 PM at City of Redding Corporation Yard, 2055 Viking Way, Building 4, Room 401. On January 18, 2012 there will be a talk and demonstration on how to trim rose bushes. Each year the Shasta Rose Society has a Garden Event, Rose Show.

Now through February is a good time to plant bare-root roses. Chose your location wisely, as roses need at least six hours of direct sunlight. After new growth is about two inches long, usually by about March, you should make your first application of fertilizer and apply it again every 4-6 weeks during the growing season. Roses like damp, but not soggy ground. They require 2-3 inches of water a week. Morning is the best time to water to avoid disease.

Here are a few tips on best rose trimming practices in January:

  1. Know the difference in growing pattern/shape between Hybrid Tea roses (an individual rose per stem); Grandiflora (blooms in clusters);  Ground Cover (low and clumping blooms); Climbers (tall trellis type)l; and miniatures.
  2. Depending on the type, generally remove canes and stems less than the size of a pencil – Use the “rule of thumb” when pruning mature, tree-shaped Hybrids, but allow more, smaller branches to remain on fuller, bush-shaped Grandifloras.
  3. Prune (remove small buds and all leaves) both to induce dormancy and to give vigor to new growth and flower buds. Remember, blooms are produced on new growth. Also larger plants with fewer canes produce larger blooms.
  4. Reduce the size of the bush by 1/3 to 1/2 during January pruning.
  5. Sterilize your shears with a diluted bleach solution between plants if they have any disease

Rose Care and Pruning classes are also being held at Wyntour Gardens, 8026 Airport Road, Redding, CA on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 1 PM and on Monday, January 16, 2012 at 1 PM. They also have fruit tree pruning classes during January; Gold Leaf Nursery at 6168 Churn Creek Road, Redding, CA also has fruit tree care seminars at Noon on Saturdays from January 21, 2012 through February 25, 2012.


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