Helpful Information for Rosarians

Ten Steps to Growing Good Roses

Follow these steps to grow beautiful roses in Nashville and Middle Tennessee gardens.

What is pH?, by Marty Reich, Master Rosarian

pH is a well known scientific term in today’s culture. We constantly hear about bath soaps and shampoos being pH balanced. However, as rosarians, we need to understand it a bit better than most people since the health of our roses depends on it.

Recommended Spray Programs, by Rosemania

Information on when and what to spray:
Fungicides - With any good spray program, the key is "Prevention". You don't want to be spending all your time fighting blackspot and powdery mildew. You want to prevent it from happening in the first place.
Insecticides & Miticides - We do not recommend spraying insecticides or miticides preventively. Spray them only when you have a pest problem.

What's soil got to do with it?, by Ron Danials, Consulting Rosarian and Master Gardener

When I talk to people about how to grow roses I always spend a lot of time talking about soil. As one of my mentors told me years ago; “Don’t go buy a twenty dollar rose bush and put it in a fifty-cent hole (soil).” What he was saying is put your time, money, and preparation in creating good healthy soil to grow your roses; they will love it.

Planting Bare Root Roses

Often roses that are bought on-line are delivered with bare roots. Let your new rose get a head start by planting it in a pot for a few weeks before you transplant it into the garden.

Combating Rose Rosette Facebook Page

Follow the research and news of the USDA Specialty Crops Research Initiative battling rose rosette, a deadly virus disease of roses on this Facebook page. You can see a presentation by Mark Windham, professor at the University of Tennessee and member of the Tenarky District of the American Rose Society, here.

Winterization, by Marty Reich, Master Rosarian

The last big rose chore before we get to put our feet up and enjoy the rose catalogs needs to be done by about the first week of December.