Roses should be pruned. If serious freezing is past in your area, do it
now. Check a good gardening book or ask at a real nursery (not a lumber
yard or hardware store) how to do it.
Get a steel spike at least 2 ft long; I use 1/4-inch rebar. Poke 4-6
holes into the soil in a circle about 1 ft around the plant. Fill the
holes with bone meal or superphosphate. The phosphorus promotes
Roses also appreciate abundant nutrients beyond phosphorus. Feed well
and frequently from now until about 6 weeks before frost is expected
David E. Ross
Climate: California Mediterranean, see
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