Sunshine brings out roses and pests


Last updated 5/5/2023 at 4:13pm

The Hoplia beetle damages petals

Frank Brines

ARS Master Rosarian


This year continued the signs of climate change with below-average temperatures and above-average rain and snowfall as well as chaotic weather patterns nationwide. Rose growth and development are dependent on weather, and flower production is particularly impacted by inconsistent temperatures, sun and water.

All of this has made it more difficult for me to predict what to do and when to do it. Typically, the first flush of blooms is expected after eight to 10 weeks, usually on the longer side. This year it was 10-11 weeks. In this area, the first annual...

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