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Plant Care Instructions By Ralph (Jack) Shoultz

This is my ORGANIC ROSE CARE Calendar for Southern California. Feel free to use it! Click the link below to read more about caring for roses.

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These month by month plant care tasks are for plants in the following zones :
Sunset Zones : 21, 22, 23, 24
USDA Zones : 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b, 11
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Plant Care Instruction

  • Scroll down or click on any month for plant care instructions
    • January
    • February
    • March
    • April
    • May
    • June
    • July
    • August
    • September
    • October
    • November
    • December
    January
    1. Buy

    I like to purchase roses in bare root season, from late December, January & February where you can see the roots and what you are getting.
    2. Plant

    Plant bare root roses or translplant roses after pruning.
    3. Fertilize

    Put down 2 Tbs. per plant of John & Bob\'s Soil Optimizer. Put down 2 Cups Dr. Earth rose Fertilizer (or any organic fertilizer) per plant and scratch it lightly. Put down 2 Cups Biosol.
    4. Prune

    Prune Roses and pull off all remaining leaves and clean up all debris from around roses.
    5. Transplant

    Transplant after pruning (if needed)
    February
    1. Buy

    I like to purchase roses in bare root season, from late December, January & February where you can see the roots and what you are getting.
    2. Plant

    Plant bare root roses or translplant roses after pruning.
    3. Water

    Start regular watering of plants if not enough rain to sustain.
    4. Prune

    Prune Roses if not done in January. Check new growth and sidebud if neccessary. (Continue Sidebudding throughout the year as desired). Prune excess growth going to the inside of the bush.
    5. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Wash off aphids (water blast) at first sign (best to do early morning)
    6. Transplant

    Transplant after pruning (if needed)
    March
    1. Buy

    Bare root season (Dec - Feb) is the best time to buy, but you can purchase roses anytime of the year as long as the rose in the container is healthy and has strong canes and they have a good shape to them with no disease. Roses in 5 gallon containers are the best, 2-3 gallon containers mean that the roots have been cut off to fit and even worse are the plastic wrapped roses that have their roses severely chopped. By the end of the year those roses that have set in a nursery for several months under the care of nursery personnel need to be looked at seriously for the good qualities I mentioned. It might be a good idea to ask the nurseries what they fertilize with and how long ago they did this. Most use chemical fertilizers and just throw some in the pot. So the longer a rose sets in a nursery, it could be possible that the care may not be as good as we would like, but you can tell by the quality of the rose.
    2. Fertilize

    Give Roses humus or humic acid (found in compost of some organic products - read label). Fertilize with organic fertilizer (Dr. Earth), Biosol, and if not done in January, John & Bob\'s Soil Optimizer. Make alfalfa tea (or some other teas or liquid fertilizer) when the plants have 4-6 inches of new growth.
    3. Water

    Continue regular watering if not enough rain to sustain.
    4. Mulch

    Mulch when soil warms up
    5. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Walk garden daily to check for pests and/or fungal disease.
    April
    1. Buy

    Bare root season (Dec - Feb) is the best time to buy, but you can purchase roses anytime of the year as long as the rose in the container is healthy and has strong canes and they have a good shape to them with no disease. Roses in 5 gallon containers are the best, 2-3 gallon containers mean that the roots have been cut off to fit and even worse are the plastic wrapped roses that have their roses severely chopped. By the end of the year those roses that have set in a nursery for several months under the care of nursery personnel need to be looked at seriously for the good qualities I mentioned. It might be a good idea to ask the nurseries what they fertilize with and how long ago they did this. Most use chemical fertilizers and just throw some in the pot. So the longer a rose sets in a nursery, it could be possible that the care may not be as good as we would like, but you can tell by the quality of the rose.
    2. Fertilize

    Put down 2 Cups Dr. Earth Fertilizer 6-8 weeks after initial feeding.
    3. Water

    Continue regular watering if not enough rain to sustain.
    4. Prune

    Deadhead Roses after initial bloom and continue throughout the year.
    May
    1. Buy

    Bare root season (Dec - Feb) is the best time to buy, but you can purchase roses anytime of the year as long as the rose in the container is healthy and has strong canes and they have a good shape to them with no disease. Roses in 5 gallon containers are the best, 2-3 gallon containers mean that the roots have been cut off to fit and even worse are the plastic wrapped roses that have their roses severely chopped. By the end of the year those roses that have set in a nursery for several months under the care of nursery personnel need to be looked at seriously for the good qualities I mentioned. It might be a good idea to ask the nurseries what they fertilize with and how long ago they did this. Most use chemical fertilizers and just throw some in the pot. So the longer a rose sets in a nursery, it could be possible that the care may not be as good as we would like, but you can tell by the quality of the rose.
    2. Fertilize

    Feed Fish Emulsion (Dilute 1 Tbs per gallon of H20 - feed one gallon to large Roses and 1/2 gallon to small Roses.
    3. Water

    Continue regular watering.
    4. Prune

    Deadhead flowers throughout spring and summer to promote new blooms. Make proper cuts using sharp bypass pruners.
    June
    1. Buy

    Bare root season (Dec - Feb) is the best time to buy, but you can purchase roses anytime of the year as long as the rose in the container is healthy and has strong canes and they have a good shape to them with no disease. Roses in 5 gallon containers are the best, 2-3 gallon containers mean that the roots have been cut off to fit and even worse are the plastic wrapped roses that have their roses severely chopped. By the end of the year those roses that have set in a nursery for several months under the care of nursery personnel need to be looked at seriously for the good qualities I mentioned. It might be a good idea to ask the nurseries what they fertilize with and how long ago they did this. Most use chemical fertilizers and just throw some in the pot. So the longer a rose sets in a nursery, it could be possible that the care may not be as good as we would like, but you can tell by the quality of the rose.
    2. Fertilize

    Put down 2 Cups Dr. Earth Rose Fertilizer.
    3. Water

    Continue regular watering.
    4. Prune

    Deadhead flowers throughout spring and summer to promote new blooms. Make proper cuts using sharp bypass pruners.
    July
    1. Buy

    Bare root season (Dec - Feb) is the best time to buy, but you can purchase roses anytime of the year as long as the rose in the container is healthy and has strong canes and they have a good shape to them with no disease. Roses in 5 gallon containers are the best, 2-3 gallon containers mean that the roots have been cut off to fit and even worse are the plastic wrapped roses that have their roses severely chopped. By the end of the year those roses that have set in a nursery for several months under the care of nursery personnel need to be looked at seriously for the good qualities I mentioned. It might be a good idea to ask the nurseries what they fertilize with and how long ago they did this. Most use chemical fertilizers and just throw some in the pot. So the longer a rose sets in a nursery, it could be possible that the care may not be as good as we would like, but you can tell by the quality of the rose.
    2. Fertilize

    Apply another liquid fertilizer (either Fish Emulsion, Dr. Earth 3-3-3, etc)
    3. Water

    Continue regular watering.
    4. Prune

    Deadhead flowers throughout spring and summer to promote new blooms. Make proper cuts using sharp bypass pruners.
    August
    1. Buy

    Bare root season (Dec - Feb) is the best time to buy, but you can purchase roses anytime of the year as long as the rose in the container is healthy and has strong canes and they have a good shape to them with no disease. Roses in 5 gallon containers are the best, 2-3 gallon containers mean that the roots have been cut off to fit and even worse are the plastic wrapped roses that have their roses severely chopped. By the end of the year those roses that have set in a nursery for several months under the care of nursery personnel need to be looked at seriously for the good qualities I mentioned. It might be a good idea to ask the nurseries what they fertilize with and how long ago they did this. Most use chemical fertilizers and just throw some in the pot. So the longer a rose sets in a nursery, it could be possible that the care may not be as good as we would like, but you can tell by the quality of the rose.
    2. Fertilize

    Put down 2 Tbs. John & Bob\'s Soil Optimizer, 2 Cups Dr. Earth Rose Fertilizer and Biosol, scratch lightly into soil.
    3. Water

    Continue regular watering.
    4. Prune

    \"Summer Prune\" at the end of the month to promote a good fall bloom. Prune 1/3 of the bush. Deadhead flowers throughout spring and summer to promote new blooms. Make proper cuts using sharp bypass pruners.
    September
    1. Buy

    Bare root season (Dec - Feb) is the best time to buy, but you can purchase roses anytime of the year as long as the rose in the container is healthy and has strong canes and they have a good shape to them with no disease. Roses in 5 gallon containers are the best, 2-3 gallon containers mean that the roots have been cut off to fit and even worse are the plastic wrapped roses that have their roses severely chopped. By the end of the year those roses that have set in a nursery for several months under the care of nursery personnel need to be looked at seriously for the good qualities I mentioned. It might be a good idea to ask the nurseries what they fertilize with and how long ago they did this. Most use chemical fertilizers and just throw some in the pot. So the longer a rose sets in a nursery, it could be possible that the care may not be as good as we would like, but you can tell by the quality of the rose.
    2. Fertilize

    Give Roses liquid food - (Alfalfa tea, compost tea, soil soup, etc).
    3. Water

    Continue regular watering.
    4. Prune

    Deadhead flowers throughout spring and summer to promote new blooms. Make proper cuts using sharp bypass pruners.
    October
    1. Buy

    Bare root season (Dec - Feb) is the best time to buy, but you can purchase roses anytime of the year as long as the rose in the container is healthy and has strong canes and they have a good shape to them with no disease. Roses in 5 gallon containers are the best, 2-3 gallon containers mean that the roots have been cut off to fit and even worse are the plastic wrapped roses that have their roses severely chopped. By the end of the year those roses that have set in a nursery for several months under the care of nursery personnel need to be looked at seriously for the good qualities I mentioned. It might be a good idea to ask the nurseries what they fertilize with and how long ago they did this. Most use chemical fertilizers and just throw some in the pot. So the longer a rose sets in a nursery, it could be possible that the care may not be as good as we would like, but you can tell by the quality of the rose.
    2. Fertilize

    Feed Roses 2 Cups Dr. Earth (the last time this year)
    3. Water

    Continue regular watering.
    4. Prune

    Deadhead flowers throughout spring and summer to promote new blooms. Make proper cuts using sharp bypass pruners.
    November
    1. Buy

    Bare root season (Dec - Feb) is the best time to buy, but you can purchase roses anytime of the year as long as the rose in the container is healthy and has strong canes and they have a good shape to them with no disease. Roses in 5 gallon containers are the best, 2-3 gallon containers mean that the roots have been cut off to fit and even worse are the plastic wrapped roses that have their roses severely chopped. By the end of the year those roses that have set in a nursery for several months under the care of nursery personnel need to be looked at seriously for the good qualities I mentioned. It might be a good idea to ask the nurseries what they fertilize with and how long ago they did this. Most use chemical fertilizers and just throw some in the pot. So the longer a rose sets in a nursery, it could be possible that the care may not be as good as we would like, but you can tell by the quality of the rose.
    2. Fertilize

    Don\'t fertilize this month.
    3. Water

    Slow down on watering, but do not let Roses dry out.
    4. Prune

    Stop Deadheading, instead pull off old petals, leaving hips.
    December
    1. Buy

    I like to purchase roses in bare root season, from late December, January & February where you can see the roots and what you are getting.
    2. Fertilize

    Don\'t fertilize this month.
    3. Water

    Slow down on watering, but do not let Roses dry out.
    4. Prune

    Stop Deadheading, instead pull off old petals, leaving hips.
  • Buy

    When's the best time to buy this plant? When can you buy these from seed (if you can)? When is it usually available? What are things to look for when you're buying it? Or anything other tidbit of information you can share!

    January

    I like to purchase roses in bare root season, from late December, January & February where you can see the roots and what you are getting.

    February

    I like to purchase roses in bare root season, from late December, January & February where you can see the roots and what you are getting.

    March

    Bare root season (Dec - Feb) is the best time to buy, but you can purchase roses anytime of the year as long as the rose in the container is healthy and has strong canes and they have a good shape to them with no disease. Roses in 5 gallon containers are the best, 2-3 gallon containers mean that the roots have been cut off to fit and even worse are the plastic wrapped roses that have their roses severely chopped.
    By the end of the year those roses that have set in a nursery for several months under the care of nursery personnel need to be looked at seriously for the good qualities I mentioned. It might be a good idea to ask the nurseries what they fertilize with and how long ago they did this. Most use chemical fertilizers and just throw some in the pot. So the longer a rose sets in a nursery, it could be possible that the care may not be as good as we would like, but you can tell by the quality of the rose.

    April

    Bare root season (Dec - Feb) is the best time to buy, but you can purchase roses anytime of the year as long as the rose in the container is healthy and has strong canes and they have a good shape to them with no disease. Roses in 5 gallon containers are the best, 2-3 gallon containers mean that the roots have been cut off to fit and even worse are the plastic wrapped roses that have their roses severely chopped.
    By the end of the year those roses that have set in a nursery for several months under the care of nursery personnel need to be looked at seriously for the good qualities I mentioned. It might be a good idea to ask the nurseries what they fertilize with and how long ago they did this. Most use chemical fertilizers and just throw some in the pot. So the longer a rose sets in a nursery, it could be possible that the care may not be as good as we would like, but you can tell by the quality of the rose.

    May

    Bare root season (Dec - Feb) is the best time to buy, but you can purchase roses anytime of the year as long as the rose in the container is healthy and has strong canes and they have a good shape to them with no disease. Roses in 5 gallon containers are the best, 2-3 gallon containers mean that the roots have been cut off to fit and even worse are the plastic wrapped roses that have their roses severely chopped.
    By the end of the year those roses that have set in a nursery for several months under the care of nursery personnel need to be looked at seriously for the good qualities I mentioned. It might be a good idea to ask the nurseries what they fertilize with and how long ago they did this. Most use chemical fertilizers and just throw some in the pot. So the longer a rose sets in a nursery, it could be possible that the care may not be as good as we would like, but you can tell by the quality of the rose.

    June

    Bare root season (Dec - Feb) is the best time to buy, but you can purchase roses anytime of the year as long as the rose in the container is healthy and has strong canes and they have a good shape to them with no disease. Roses in 5 gallon containers are the best, 2-3 gallon containers mean that the roots have been cut off to fit and even worse are the plastic wrapped roses that have their roses severely chopped.
    By the end of the year those roses that have set in a nursery for several months under the care of nursery personnel need to be looked at seriously for the good qualities I mentioned. It might be a good idea to ask the nurseries what they fertilize with and how long ago they did this. Most use chemical fertilizers and just throw some in the pot. So the longer a rose sets in a nursery, it could be possible that the care may not be as good as we would like, but you can tell by the quality of the rose.

    July

    Bare root season (Dec - Feb) is the best time to buy, but you can purchase roses anytime of the year as long as the rose in the container is healthy and has strong canes and they have a good shape to them with no disease. Roses in 5 gallon containers are the best, 2-3 gallon containers mean that the roots have been cut off to fit and even worse are the plastic wrapped roses that have their roses severely chopped.
    By the end of the year those roses that have set in a nursery for several months under the care of nursery personnel need to be looked at seriously for the good qualities I mentioned. It might be a good idea to ask the nurseries what they fertilize with and how long ago they did this. Most use chemical fertilizers and just throw some in the pot. So the longer a rose sets in a nursery, it could be possible that the care may not be as good as we would like, but you can tell by the quality of the rose.

    August

    Bare root season (Dec - Feb) is the best time to buy, but you can purchase roses anytime of the year as long as the rose in the container is healthy and has strong canes and they have a good shape to them with no disease. Roses in 5 gallon containers are the best, 2-3 gallon containers mean that the roots have been cut off to fit and even worse are the plastic wrapped roses that have their roses severely chopped.
    By the end of the year those roses that have set in a nursery for several months under the care of nursery personnel need to be looked at seriously for the good qualities I mentioned. It might be a good idea to ask the nurseries what they fertilize with and how long ago they did this. Most use chemical fertilizers and just throw some in the pot. So the longer a rose sets in a nursery, it could be possible that the care may not be as good as we would like, but you can tell by the quality of the rose.

    September

    Bare root season (Dec - Feb) is the best time to buy, but you can purchase roses anytime of the year as long as the rose in the container is healthy and has strong canes and they have a good shape to them with no disease. Roses in 5 gallon containers are the best, 2-3 gallon containers mean that the roots have been cut off to fit and even worse are the plastic wrapped roses that have their roses severely chopped.
    By the end of the year those roses that have set in a nursery for several months under the care of nursery personnel need to be looked at seriously for the good qualities I mentioned. It might be a good idea to ask the nurseries what they fertilize with and how long ago they did this. Most use chemical fertilizers and just throw some in the pot. So the longer a rose sets in a nursery, it could be possible that the care may not be as good as we would like, but you can tell by the quality of the rose.

    October

    Bare root season (Dec - Feb) is the best time to buy, but you can purchase roses anytime of the year as long as the rose in the container is healthy and has strong canes and they have a good shape to them with no disease. Roses in 5 gallon containers are the best, 2-3 gallon containers mean that the roots have been cut off to fit and even worse are the plastic wrapped roses that have their roses severely chopped.
    By the end of the year those roses that have set in a nursery for several months under the care of nursery personnel need to be looked at seriously for the good qualities I mentioned. It might be a good idea to ask the nurseries what they fertilize with and how long ago they did this. Most use chemical fertilizers and just throw some in the pot. So the longer a rose sets in a nursery, it could be possible that the care may not be as good as we would like, but you can tell by the quality of the rose.

    November

    Bare root season (Dec - Feb) is the best time to buy, but you can purchase roses anytime of the year as long as the rose in the container is healthy and has strong canes and they have a good shape to them with no disease. Roses in 5 gallon containers are the best, 2-3 gallon containers mean that the roots have been cut off to fit and even worse are the plastic wrapped roses that have their roses severely chopped.
    By the end of the year those roses that have set in a nursery for several months under the care of nursery personnel need to be looked at seriously for the good qualities I mentioned. It might be a good idea to ask the nurseries what they fertilize with and how long ago they did this. Most use chemical fertilizers and just throw some in the pot. So the longer a rose sets in a nursery, it could be possible that the care may not be as good as we would like, but you can tell by the quality of the rose.

    December

    I like to purchase roses in bare root season, from late December, January & February where you can see the roots and what you are getting.

    Plant

    When's a good time to plant this plant or bulb? Any special planting instructions?

    January

    Plant bare root roses or translplant roses after pruning.

    February

    Plant bare root roses or translplant roses after pruning.

    Fertilize

    When should you fertilize this plant? Which kind of fertilizer do you recommend? Should you use different fertilizers at different times of year?

    January

    Put down 2 Tbs. per plant of John & Bob\'s Soil Optimizer. Put down 2 Cups Dr. Earth rose Fertilizer (or any organic fertilizer) per plant and scratch it lightly. Put down 2 Cups Biosol.

    March

    Give Roses humus or humic acid (found in compost of some organic products - read label).
    Fertilize with organic fertilizer (Dr. Earth), Biosol, and if not done in January, John & Bob\'s Soil Optimizer.
    Make alfalfa tea (or some other teas or liquid fertilizer) when the plants have 4-6 inches of new growth.

    April

    Put down 2 Cups Dr. Earth Fertilizer 6-8 weeks after initial feeding.

    May

    Feed Fish Emulsion (Dilute 1 Tbs per gallon of H20 - feed one gallon to large Roses and 1/2 gallon to small Roses.

    June

    Put down 2 Cups Dr. Earth Rose Fertilizer.

    July

    Apply another liquid fertilizer (either Fish Emulsion, Dr. Earth 3-3-3, etc)

    August

    Put down 2 Tbs. John & Bob\'s Soil Optimizer, 2 Cups Dr. Earth Rose Fertilizer and Biosol, scratch lightly into soil.

    September

    Give Roses liquid food - (Alfalfa tea, compost tea, soil soup, etc).

    October

    Feed Roses 2 Cups Dr. Earth (the last time this year)

    November

    Don\'t fertilize this month.

    December

    Don\'t fertilize this month.

    Water

    Is there a time to reduce or increase watering? Any special requirements? Things to avoid during certain times of the year?

    February

    Start regular watering of plants if not enough rain to sustain.

    March

    Continue regular watering if not enough rain to sustain.

    April

    Continue regular watering if not enough rain to sustain.

    May

    Continue regular watering.

    June

    Continue regular watering.

    July

    Continue regular watering.

    August

    Continue regular watering.

    September

    Continue regular watering.

    October

    Continue regular watering.

    November

    Slow down on watering, but do not let Roses dry out.

    December

    Slow down on watering, but do not let Roses dry out.

    Prune

    When's a good time to prune this plant? How about deadheading, pinching back, trimming or any other grooming? Any special requirements?

    January

    Prune Roses and pull off all remaining leaves and clean up all debris from around roses.

    February

    Prune Roses if not done in January.
    Check new growth and sidebud if neccessary. (Continue Sidebudding throughout the year as desired).
    Prune excess growth going to the inside of the bush.

    April

    Deadhead Roses after initial bloom and continue throughout the year.

    May

    Deadhead flowers throughout spring and summer to promote new blooms. Make proper cuts using sharp bypass pruners.

    June

    Deadhead flowers throughout spring and summer to promote new blooms. Make proper cuts using sharp bypass pruners.

    July

    Deadhead flowers throughout spring and summer to promote new blooms. Make proper cuts using sharp bypass pruners.

    August

    \"Summer Prune\" at the end of the month to promote a good fall bloom. Prune 1/3 of the bush.
    Deadhead flowers throughout spring and summer to promote new blooms. Make proper cuts using sharp bypass pruners.

    September

    Deadhead flowers throughout spring and summer to promote new blooms. Make proper cuts using sharp bypass pruners.

    October

    Deadhead flowers throughout spring and summer to promote new blooms. Make proper cuts using sharp bypass pruners.

    November

    Stop Deadheading, instead pull off old petals, leaving hips.

    December

    Stop Deadheading, instead pull off old petals, leaving hips.

    Mulch

    Does this plant need to be mulched? Are there specific types of Mulch which are better for this plant? How much?

    March

    Mulch when soil warms up

    Pest/Disease Inspection

    What are the common problems this plant will face and when should you look for them to appear?

    March

    Walk garden daily to check for pests and/or fungal disease.

    Treat for Pest/Disease

    How do you treat the common problems for this plant? What products or concoctions or natural means do you use? Any special requirements?

    February

    Wash off aphids (water blast) at first sign (best to do early morning)

    Transplant

    When's the best time to dig up and transplant this from one spot to another? (This is different than planting). Any special requirements?

    January

    Transplant after pruning (if needed)

    February

    Transplant after pruning (if needed)

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