Contrary to popular opinion roses are not all that hard to grow here. They do, however need fertilized very regularly. If you pruned them heavily, not necessarily even in any particular fashion, but heavily in mid January and you’ve fertilized with a good rose food your roses should look very much like this now! Be sure they’re getting at least 1/2 day of good sunshine and before it gets too hot apply a layer of mulch around them and enjoy!! Roses also make a great climbing vine and smaller bush varieties do very well in containers, but at the end of the day-FEED EM! With what you ask-glad you did. We have several great rose fertilizer options: Ferti lome, Organo, Bio Feed, and Hickman’s. All work well and all are a little different so you can choose the one that will fit your needs the best. Just use it-the only fertilizer that doesn’t work is the one on the shelf.
About Jay Harper
I am a 3rd generation native Arizonan and my brothers Jeff and Jerry and I are the 3rd generation to own and operate Harper's Nursery and Landscape Company inc. Being born and raised in the landscape/gardening business in such a unique gardening environment as the Arizona desert, gives us a unique position and outlook on how to be successful gardeners in this area.