March Meeting



DATE:††† ††††††† Thursday, March 25, 2010



LOCATION:†† Taltree Arboretum & Gardens

††††††††††††††††††††††† 71 North, 500 West

††††††††††††††††††††††† Valparaiso, IN



PROGRAM:†† Pruning Roses by ††††††††††††††

††††††††††††††††††††††† Karl Bapst


TIME:††††††††††††† 7:00 PM

††††††††††††††††††††††† Meeting, Program & ††††††††††††††††††††††† Refreshments



2010 Officers



Adolph Ferber



1st Vice President

Patricia Stimmel


2nd Vice President

Sam DiMaio


Show Chairman

Karl Bapst





Kathleen Vargas



Lisa Mella



Yvonne Peterson




Calendar of Events


February 28 ††††† Sunday, 2pm Ė The Portland, OR ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Rose Garden by Dale Fadley


March 25 †††††††† Karl Bapst on Pruning Roses


April 29††††††††††† TBD


May 27 ††††††††††† How to Show Roses with Karl, Dale †††††††††††††††††††††††††††† and Adolf


June 5 †††††††††† DRS Rose Show Ė no meeting


July 29 ††††††††††† Soils and Soil Mixes presented by ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Dave Yeager


July 25 ††††††††††† Garden Walk - Location: Lori †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Bagnaraís


Sept. 23††††††††††† DRS Members Small Rose Show


October 28 ††††† Rain Gardens presented by Steve ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Martinson of Valpo Parks


November 18††† Annual Potluck




Consulting Rosarians

Have questions about growing roses?Consult an expert.


Karl Bapst, MCR



Adolph Ferber, MCR



Clarence Albers,

Emeritus Consulting Rosarian


Agnes Medvecz,

Emeritus Consulting Rosarian




Letter From the Prez

by Adolph Ferber



The Best Time to Transplant



How many times have we realized that we planted a rose bush in the wrong place? In all my years of growing roses, the answer is quite often. What do I do about it?Most of the time, nothing. But when I get the itch itís mostly during the late April -- early May period .This is an excellent time-frame to relocate roses. Not that one can't do it later in the growing season, but early spring is probably the easiest time of the year to undertake this task because your roses are more manageable.


To begin with, a lot of the steps for successful transplanting have been completed when you winterized your roses last fall. First, one doesn't have to deal with a large plant with long thorny canes loaded with leaves. In addition, think of the time one is going to save by not cleaning all those leaves that fall onto the rose bed. Second, there's really nothing to prune -- all the canes have already been cut back.Naturally if there is some winter die-back on the canes, that portion needs to be pruned back all the way to the bud union, if necessary.


Another plus for transplanting in the springtime is that a spot or two may already exist, left vacant due to shovel-pruning those weaklings the previous year. Do remove the old soil and replace with new. New soil gives new life to transplanted roses.


Other procedures to follow when transplanting are:


1.    Dig the old bush up with a spading fork and shake or wash the soil off the roots. Inspect roots and trim any broken ones.

2.    Plant the bush in the new location as if you're planting a bare-rooted rose. Build a mound inside the hole, place bush on top of mound, backfill and water. The bud union can be even with ground level because it will sink after settling

3.    Water well after planting. Keep soil moist but not soggy. We want the plant to be well hydrated.

4.    Fertilize and spray in a couple of weeks.


Transplanting is really no big deal. It's a matter of finding the right time to do it. Do think about adding this task to your list of spring chores.







Karlís Korner

by Karl Bapst



We drove back from Florida and arrived home on March 6. Although it was still cool for Florida, it was much better than it was when we drove down there on February 11. We drove through rain and snow from south of Atlanta to the Florida state line on the way down there. The Sunday after we left Florida, the temperature went to the 70s and stayed that way. We got away from the snow though.


My sonís roses were growing and had a few blooms. It was green in the Tampa area but not so much in Gainesville where my daughter lives. We took a detour and stopped at Roses Unlimited on the way home. I picked up five roses. It felt warmer in South Carolina than it did in Florida.

These past two weeks Iíve been transplanting roses in the yard. I marked all I wanted to move last fall so I could get them moved while they were still dormant. My 2010 roses are beginning to arrive. Iíll be planting the bare roots as soon as I soak them for 24 hours. Iím also getting a number of bands which Iíll pot up and grow in the greenhouse until mid May. While working in the yard, I noticed the roses seem to have survived the winter well. There are lots of swollen buds and not so much dieback. All the snow cover seems to have done a good job insulating the bushes.


My crocuses are blooming and the daffodils are coming up. Pots of dwarf iris, received last fall from a neighbor and potted in large squat pots, are poking through the soil. These were potted up for our plant sale. The new growth all over the place is a nice change from the dull browns of winter and fall. I love spring!


Donít be in any hurry to remove your winter protection if you used any. Although weíve had some nice days with temps in the 50s and 60s, snow mixed with rain and 20s/low 30s night time temps are forecast for this weekend. Itís not uncommon to get a hard freeze well into April. Iíll remove the leaves from the beds later this month and begin to prune in early to mid April. Resist the urge to do anything earlier.


Iíll be bringing a few potted roses to prune for a pruning demonstration on March 25.Bring your pruners and questions. Although we do this each March, thereís never a lack of interest.Adolph has suggested heíll sharpen pruners again this year.


As you clean up your yards this spring, donít forget to pot up volunteer plants for the plant sale. Plants potted the day before the sale donít look good. We can get top dollar for good-looking plants. I doubt Iíll buy any tomato plants for the sale this year. I will have rose bushes though. Last summerís rooted cuttings made it through the winter really well. Iíll be repotting them into larger pots in my greenhouse while the weather is bad this weekend. Thatís something I can do in bad weather.


On a personal note, Nancy was diagnosed with a brain aneurism in late December. Weíre going up to The University of Illinois, Chicago to see a Neurosurgeon on April 12. Weíll be spending two days there. After the tests and consulting with the doctor, weíll know more about whatís to be done.


March 20 is the Spring District meeting in Elgin. I plan on going and will report what occurred at our March meeting.


Remember; Real Men Grow Roses,

Never enough Roses,

Take time to STOP and smell the Roses, and

Don't sweat the small stuff.

Karl Bapst