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By Frank Brines
Special to Valley News 

Rose Care FUNdamentals for October 2018


Last updated 10/5/2018 at 3:29am


There has been a more recent invasion by chili thrips, which are even smaller than the thrips locals have encountered in the past. The pest causes extensive damage to foliage.

Looks like the valley is back to a period of more normal temperature for this time of year, but Santa Ana winds could show up anytime now. Gardeners should make sure to check their irrigation system if they haven't after the heat of summer. Roses should be actively recovering from the light fall pruning recently completed.

Last month I gave illustrations and descriptions for mid-season pruning with a suggested timeline for pruning and restarting a feeding program. What may not have been clear is that it is a light pruning, and it must be carefully calibrated with the weather conditions. Spe...

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