ROSE CARE 

     The OCRS is an organization dedicated to help you grow better and more beautiful roses.  We have over 20 Consulting Rosarians well versed in roses and rose care.  If you would like to get started with some introductory information on selecting and growing roses, please browse the topics on this page.  For additional information, please feel free to contact us by e-mail or by using the contact form on this site, or visit us at one of our meetings.  And remember . . . you can always find more news, tips and expert advice in the OCRS newsletter by becoming a member!

TYPES OF ROSES AND ROSE TERMINOLOGY
Click here to learn more about the different types of roses, from hybrid teas and floribundas to miniatures and minifloras, and associated terminology
ROSE CARE CALENDAR
Click here to view a month-by-month plan for caring for the roses in your garden. Both synthetic and organic rose care options are discussed.
CHOOSING A ROSE
Click here to read "A Rose is a Rose is a Rose," an article by OCRS Master Rosarian Carolyn Elgar discussing the difference between bare-root, own root, and more.
PRUNING A ROSE
Click here to understand more about how to prune a rose, including articles by current ARS President Bob Martin and OCRS Master Rosarian Kathy Monge.
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IDENTIFYING PROBLEMS
Click here to view images and descriptions of some common problems encountered in typical rose gardens, from OCRS Master Rosarian Tom Cooney.
CHILI THRIPS
Click here to learn more from OCRS Master Rosarian Kathy Monge about a problem which has been found in many SoCal rose gardens over the last couple of years.
CHILI THRIP ALERT

Attention rose growers:  Damage from chili thrips has been affecting Southern Califiornia gardens for a couple of years now.  If you have damage on your plants that looks like the images below, chances are your roses have been affected by these tiny pests.  Read more about what to do by clicking the "Chili Thrips" link above.

Chili thrip photo credit: Kathy Monge.  Also, rose pictured at top: Brass Band (Floribunda). Photo by Dorothy Birsic