Growing Roses

Karen Kemp-Docksteader shared great information on roses and gave many rose growing tips on Garden Chatter. Karen is the  Sales & Marketing Manager for Weeks Roses based in Wasco, California. Weeks Roses has 1,200 acres of production and ships over 4 million bareroot roses throughout the United States each year. Karen was a wealth of information on growing roses and trends in the industry.


Video Contents

Below is an outline of the topics we covered with our chat with Karen.

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Introduction (0:00)

Karen’s Story: Getting Started at Weeks Roses (2:30)

Bareroot Roses (3:26)

Karen’s Role as a Sales Manager (4:48)

Rose Water Requirements (6:14)

“Distant Drum” Rose (7:25)

Roses Don’t Like Wet Feet (8:30)

More Tips on Getting Started With Roses (9:24)

Flower Cutting and Summer Trimming (12:15)

“Ketchup and Mustard” Rose (13:46)

Soaking Bare Root Roses Prior to Planting (16:38)

Soil Preparation For Roses (17:36)

More Thoughts on Watering Roses (19:45)

Roses In Vineyards as Indicators (20:25)

How Deep To Bury The Rose Graft In Cold Climates (22:11)

Fertilizing Roses (23:16)

Japanese Beetle Control (25:25)

Kelp Fertilizers (27:30)

Karen’s Favorite Roses and New Varieties (28:44)

Rose Categories (32:50)

Cleaning Up Around Roses (37:36)

Conclusion (39:00)


You can watch the complete video replay of our conversation with Karen below,


Meet Our Garden Chatter Guest

Karen Kemp-Docksteader

Karen KempKaren has worked with bareroot roses all of her life. She grew up in a family with generations of horticultural experience. She has been the sales manager with Weeks Roses since 2007.

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