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Time to promote dormancy in rose bushes


Last updated 12/10/2021 at 9:21am

Roses are still actively growing and blooming in the Fallbrook area too. Village News/Lucette Moramarco photo

Frank Brines

Consulting Rosarian (ARS)

Depending on which side of the canyon you live, weather has been relatively good for our fall roses. Most areas still haven't had temperatures anywhere near frost. Roses could still be seen actively growing and blooming in many Temecula Valley gardens during the Thanksgiving holiday. The lower nighttime temperatures will soon cool the soil and reset the roses' biological clock to slow down and go into some kind of dormancy.

Roses need a four- to six-week dormancy period during the winter months. During dormancy, the plants go through natural hormonal...

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