Question From: A. ONORATO - New York, United States
Q: Hi Nancy, I have ramblers that have grown very nicely on an arbor for the past 4 years even though I haven't been a particularly conscientious gardener. Sadly, after this cold and prolonged winter here in NYC, most of the branches are bare, and where there is growth, it's rather anemic. Other rose plants I have (not ramblers ) are doing just fine. I just don't know what to do and where to turn. Please help!
A: I and many other gardeners share your loss. The only option is to cut them back to heights that show active growth. Roses are heavy feeders so I would fertilize them once a month through the middle of August with an organic fertilzer such as Rose Tone by Espoma. Foliar sprays of fish and kelp one a month will give your babies a real boost. Do this in the evening or early morning. Never when the temps are over 85 degrees. Always water your roses well before fertlizing. Do keep them well watered with at least an inch of water a week. Best And Happy Yardening, Nancy