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Rose Care

Learn How to Care for Your Roses

     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! Click on the link below to order our new publication "Guide to Growing Roses in Southern California."


Click here to learn more about the different types of roses, from hybrid teas and floribundas to miniatures and minifloras, and associated terminology


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.


Click here to view images and descriptions of some common problems found in typical rose gardens, from OCRS Master Rosarian Tom Cooney.


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.


Click here to understand more about how to prune a rose, including articles by the late great rosarian and former ARS President Bob Martin and OCRS Master Rosarian Kathy Monge.


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.


This full-color 24-page guide is geared toward the novice or early-intermediate rose grower in the Southern California area. Recommended donation per booklet is $5, with a $2.00 shipping and handling charge.  Order your copy today by clicking here.

Chilli Thrip Alert

Attention rose growers:  Damage from chilli thrips has been affecting Southern Califiornia gardens for a several 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 "Chilli Thrips" link above.


Chilli thrip photo credit: Kathy Monge.  Also, rose pictured at top: Cathedral (Floribunda). Photo by Justin Ekuan

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