Everything’s coming up roses at this month’s Advice to Grow By Workshop. Put on by the University of California Master Gardeners, the workshop will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in the garden at 2156 Sierra Way, San Luis Obispo. Roses will be the hot topic, so bring your questions along with a comfortable chair and notepad.
A universal favorite, the rose is the darling of many a gardener. And, although it is known for its unsurpassed beauty, it also has a reputation for being high-maintenance. Keeping your roses in tip-top shape may seem daunting, but with a little bit of help and insight from the Master Gardeners, growing your favorite varietal of rose will be a breeze.
Information included at the workshop:
- Planting bare-root and potted roses. Learn the tricks of the trade to make the transition into the soil successful. Discover what locations will keep your plant at its bloomin’ best.
- Soil and fertilization requirements. Learn about the pH, soil-type and amendments that are most suitable to rose growth.
- Irrigation: Find out how much to water and when, as well as irrigation methods.
- Pruning: Get the most out of your rose bush by proper timing and methods of pruning.
- Disease and insect damage: Rid your flowering beauty of the yuck-factor. Learn the simplest, least-invasive ways for avoiding and ridding your plants of unwanted diseases and unwelcome critters.
And that’s not all. Before the crowds stampede off to tend their blooms, there will be a discussion about the weed abatement methods employed at the Garden of the Seven Sisters. What worked, what didn’t and what’s next in weed management will be considered, so keep your ears tuned and your eyes on the ground.
Get the most out of the workshop. Wear comfortable clothing and sunscreen. Park in the lot adjacent to the demonstration garden.