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February Rose Care

Are You Ready for Pruning Season? February is the time to prune rose bushes. Pruning a rose bush prepares it for the next growing season by focusing the plant's energy into the strongest canes.  By cutting out the diseased, dead, or weak canes, you are giving the rose bush a healthy foundation for new growth. Make [...]

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January Rose Care

Applying dormant spray is one of the best things you can do for your rose bushes during winter. We recommend using a Dormant Spray Oil mixed with a Contact Fungicide.Why Use Dormant Spray? It is a desiccant that will dry up the remaining leave on your bushes. This is especially helpful in climates that have warm [...]

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December Rose Care

Winterizing Your Rose GardenWhat is Winter Protection?It consists of cutting back the roses to about 36" high and covering the center of the plant with mulch. This is done in early December after we have had several frosts and the roses have gone semi dormant.Why is it Important?Winter protection is important even in North [...]

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November Rose Care

Soil Samples - What's Beneath Your Feet? In the long run there are only two things that are always touching your rose bushes, soil and air.If that air happens to be relatively dry and 75 degrees your bushes will thrive. On the other hand, if that air is 95 degrees with 95% humidity your bushes will [...]

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October Rose Care

Prepare for your New Rose Garden in the FallSpiced cider, moonlit hayrides, and bonfires usher us into the time of year where the air is crisp and sweet as the season's apples. Autumn weather also brings with it one last beautiful flush of roses. When you are surrounded by blooms that rival spring's first blossoms, [...]

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A New Chapter

For 65 years WRC has been in the business of providing quality rose care to rose enthusiasts. For 60 of those years we have been on the same 8 acre track of land that Bob and Thelma Witherspoon purchased in Durham. Over the years the area around WRC has changed. From a quiet dirt road to a thriving retail [...]

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September Rose Care

Fill Your Home with Fall Roses A well placed arrangement of fresh cut roses adds beauty and elegance to any space.  Unfortunately for us arrangements will not stay fresh forever, but there are steps we can take to lengthen the time we have to enjoy fresh cut roses. Cut Roses in the MorningCutting roses in the middle [...]

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August Rose Care

Watering and Irrigation  If you've followed our recommendations of the last few months concerning irrigation, you should be in good shape. When the weather gets hotter and drier for longer periods, you may need to increase the amount of time that you irrigate and/or the frequency of irrigation. If you were watering twice a week for [...]

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July Rose Care

Beat the Heat! July is usually the month where most rose gardens go downhill. This happens because gardeners are thinking about vacations, the awful heat, and are not willing to step outside to do a little tending to their garden. If you can make an effort to keep your roses looking good through this part of [...]

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