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December Rose Care FUNdamentals


Last updated 12/31/2017 at Noon

The recent sprinkles or light drizzle was so sparse that gardeners should discount it as having any benefit to gardens. The accompanying cool weather will help to hydrate the thirsty soil. Roses could still be seen actively growing and blooming in many area gardens during the Thanksgiving holiday, but believe it or not, roses need a four to six week’s rest or “dormancy” period during the winter months.

During dormancy, the plants go through natural hormonal changes that prepare them for the next growing season. Dormancy is triggered by a variety of factors. Cold temperatures, includi...

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