Rose Chores

May 8, 2019

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. One of my favorite visits last year was to Pat Henry’s beautiful home in Laurens. You can see this segment by searching Making It Grow/YouTube/Pat Henry’s Rose Garden. Because of vole pressure, she forms a screen wire cage around each plant’s root ball before planting it. This fits in with her overall approach of growing roses without spending hours and hours fighting pests and diseases. The time-consuming chores she has are watering with hoses, she doesn’t have irrigation, and pruning. Although she plants disease-resistant roses, and doesn’t spray for blackspot, that annual pruning to remove old canes and promote better air circulation and sun penetration is a critical part of keeping roses healthy in the hot and humid South Carolina summers that make fungal diseases the plague of gardeners – be they growing flowers or vegetables.