– New Mexicans love
roses and roses actually love New Mexico. So today we’re here in the Rose Garden, Albuquerque with president
of the Rose Society Al Troyer who’s also a
consulting rosarian to ask questions about roses and find out what you’re doing here in
the Rose Garden today. – Well we just finished fertilizing our roses here and the reason we did it today was we’ve had some recent rains. And we’re doing some
summer fertilizations. – So late summer fertilization
is okay in roses? – Correct. But may want to make sure
because in New Mexico we have all this hot weather that water it in very
well after you put it on. That’s the real key at this time of year. – You can’t count on the rain. – No. – Okay. And so you’ve been fertilizing. What else do you do at
this time of the year? – Well, you should do some dead heading because if you do dead heading in late summer, about 45 days after you
do the dead heading, you’ll get a fall bloom cycle. – And dead heading is? – Now that’s cutting off the old blooms. Now if you leave those old blooms, they turn to hips. And all the energy from the rose goes into the hips and you’ll get no new blooms. – You need to define hips as well. – Well hips are old blooms that have fertilized. And they make seeds. And some of which are sterile. And some of which would actually grow. – So they’ve got fruit. It’s the fruit. – Correct. – Which some people like those because they’re high in vitamin and they make jelly and such out of it. – That’s very true. That’s very true. If you don’t do any spraying, which we don’t in this garden, you could use ’em for that. – Okay. But if you leave ’em for the fruit, you’re not going to have the flowers. You want the flowers. So you’re dead heading. Would you show us how you dead head? – Well sure, I’d be happy to. Now, what you want to do on a spray this large, you want to come down to the second or third five leaf. Now as you can see here, up above that you have two leaves and three leaves. – [Curtis] And here’s a five but it doesn’t look like a good one. – No, it isn’t because
it’s already been used and is part of this spray. So we want to get down past that. And this next one is probably
not a good one either because if that branches out, it’s gonna come out here into the walkway. So let’s take the next one down. We’ll cut on a 45 degree angle about a 1/4 of an inch above the cane. That would be right about there. Now Curtis I have another one over here that’s a little bit different that I’d like to show you. Along with dead heading, when you get sprays at this time of year, what you want to do is you wanna take this middle bloom and you want
to break that out like that. So that allows you to
get some florescence. – You get a broader, all flowering at the same time — – That’s correct. And they’ll be a much prettier spray. That you’ll be able to have. – Well good. Are there other things going on here that you’re doing at
this time of the year? – Now some of the things
that you might want to do is you can see with this particular cane, it’s a very long cane. And it’s hanging out into the walkway. What else we need to do
this time of year Curtis is tie up long canes like this. So that when the blooms get larger, they will have some support. Also, in this walkway, when people walk by they won’t get scratched. – [Curtis] Don’t want that. – So what you need to do
is tie this up like this. – Up here. Make it upright. Be pretty. It’s nice to know there are
things we should be doing in the rose garden even
this time of the year. Thanks for telling us. – Oh you’re welcome Curtis.