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Want roses? Grab your shovel; it’s time to dig in!

Rose society offers advice on transplanting -- and digging up – rose bushes

Got a rose that needs to be planted, but you're out of space? Learn the options during the Sacramento Rose Society's next meeting Thursday, Jan. 11. (This is a Polynesian Punch floribunda rose, and yes, it needs a permanent space to grow.)

Got a rose that needs to be planted, but you're out of space? Learn the options during the Sacramento Rose Society's next meeting Thursday, Jan. 11. (This is a Polynesian Punch floribunda rose, and yes, it needs a permanent space to grow.) Kathy Morrison

There comes a time in every rose gardener’s life: Where are you going to plant another bush?

Often, the answer may be: Take one out.

It’s called “shovel pruning” – the hard choice to dig up a bush that, no matter your efforts, just isn’t performing as expected.

Or maybe this problematic bush is just in the wrong place. Then it needs one more chance – in a better location. How do you transplant a bush that’s already been growing in the ground?

For that matter, what’s the best way to transplant any rose bush – from those that come packed in plastic to others rooted in a supposedly biodegradable pot?

Here’s your chance to find out! Our rosarians will tackle transplanting, shovel pruning and other timely tasks during the January meeting of the Sacramento Rose Society. Moderator Debbie Arrington, a master rosarian and co-creator of Sacramento Digs Gardening, will lead a panel discussion on the different ways to approach these jobs.

January is the best month to transplant roses in our area. The soil is soft from rain, yet still warm enough for root development. Put in the ground now, these new bushes will likely produce roses this spring.

The meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, at Shepard Garden and Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento, in McKinley Park. Parking and admission are free.

As always, rose society meetings are open to the public. Bring a friend!

Want advice about pruning, fertilization and other aspects of winter rose care? Check out the Winter Rose Care Workshop, hosted by the Sierra Foothills Rose Society. To be held at the Orangevale Grange Auditorium, this free public event will be held Saturday, Jan. 13, starting with registration at 8:30 a.m. and ending with a lunchtime chili cookoff.

Learn more here: https://sacdigsgardening.californialocal.com/article/80414-sierra-foothills-rose-class-2024/.

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Garden Checklist for week of April 14

It's still not warm enough to transplant tomatoes directly in the ground, but we’re getting there.

* April is the last chance to plant citrus trees such as dwarf orange, lemon and kumquat. These trees also look good in landscaping and provide fresh fruit in winter.

* Smell orange blossoms? Feed citrus trees with a low dose of balanced fertilizer (such as 10-10-10) during bloom to help set fruit. Keep an eye out for ants.

* Apply slow-release fertilizer to the lawn.

* Thoroughly clean debris from the bottom of outdoor ponds or fountains.

* Spring brings a flush of rapid growth, and that means your garden needs nutrients. Fertilize shrubs and trees with a slow-release fertilizer. Or mulch with a 1-inch layer of compost.

* Azaleas and camellias looking a little yellow? If leaves are turning yellow between the veins, give them a boost with chelated iron.

* Trim dead flowers but not leaves from spring-flowering bulbs such as daffodils and tulips. Those leaves gather energy to create next year's flowers. Also, give the bulbs a fertilizer boost after bloom.

* Pinch chrysanthemums back to 12 inches for fall flowers. Cut old stems to the ground.

* Mulch around plants to conserve moisture and control weeds.

* From seed, plant beans, beets, cantaloupes, carrots, corn, cucumbers, melons, radishes and squash.

* Plant onion sets.

* In the flower garden, plant seeds for asters, cosmos, celosia, marigolds, salvia, sunflowers and zinnias.

* Transplant petunias, zinnias, geraniums and other summer bloomers.

* Plant perennials and dahlia tubers for summer bloom.

* Mid to late April is about the last chance to plant summer bulbs, such as gladiolus and tuberous begonias.

* Transplant lettuce seedlings. Choose varieties that mature quickly such as loose leaf.

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