Orange County Rose Society
Organic Calendar for Southern California
by Paulette Moucher, American Rose Magazine, March 2012, ppg. 31-32

 

January

  • Prune roses, pull off all leaves, remove fallen debris
  • Plant bare roots
  • Apply 2 TBSP John & Bob’s Soil Optimizer/rose
  • Apply 2C Dr. Earth Rose Fertilizer or equivalent/rose & scratch in lightly
  • Apply 2C Biosol/rose & scratch in lightly
  • Dormant Spray


February

  • Finger prune side growth
  • Remove cross growth
  • Wash off aphids with water blast


March

  • Mulch
  • Apply Humic Acid
  • Apply alfalfa tea or liquid organic fertilizer when roses have 4-6” of growth
  • Check for insect and pest infestation as well as fungal disease


April

  • Apply 2C Dr. Earth Rose Fertilizer or equivalent/rose & scratch in lightly
  • Apply 2C Biosol/rose & scratch in lightly
  • Deadhead roses after bloom


May

  • Apply Fish emulsion (1TBSP/gal) applying 1 gallon/large rose, ½ gallon /sm rose


June

  • Apply 2C Dr. Earth Rose Fertilizer or equivalent/rose & scratch in lightly


July

  • Water roses
  • Observe for spider mites, water blast to remove

 

August

  • Mid to late month prune 1/3 rose plant back
  • Apply 2 TBSP John & Bob’s Soil Optimizer/rose & scratch in lightly
  • Apply 2C Dr. Earth Rose Fertilizer or equivalent/rose & scratch in lightly
  • Apply 2C Biosol/rose


September

  • Apply alfalfa tea or liquid organic fertilizer


October

  • Apply 2C Dr. Earth Rose Fertilizer or equivalent/rose & scratch in lightly


November & December

  • Stop deadheading and pull off old petals
  • Water less