For those of you in the warm states, right now is the time to cut you roses back. The idea is to trim them enough so that they stay full and the shape you want is always round.
If roses are not trimmed, most varieties tend to become leggy. Each rose can get three to four feet! After you trim them, they are going to need some organic foods to ease them back into spring (which is around the corner.)
Give each plant two to three heaping handfuls of coffee grounds, sprinkled around the drip line of the plant. Cover a 360 degree area around the plant's base. Also a couple of heaping cups of Epsom salt provides them with magnesium for a great growth and flowers.
Next, add generous amounts of Black Kow cow manure which is one of the best soil conditioners a plant can have. Apply that all around the base of the plant and hand water, no sprinklers!
The Garden Rebel, Robert Vincent Sims is the host of the Garden Rebel Show, heard on WDBO Saturday from 8am to 10am and Sunday from 10am to Noon. He is also owner of Sims Landscaping in Sorrento, FL. Remember to add Vince as a friend on Facebook, follow his twitter and check out the Garden Rebel Blog each week for new tips, tricks, tonics and more!