Riverland Nursery Newsletter November 2019

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Riverland Nursery Newsletter
November 2019
Dear Ann    
Hello, friends!  It's hard to believe that fall is upon us!  There are so many plants at the nursery that are coming to life!  Fall marks the beginning of rose season, and we have some incredible varieties to share with you!

Roses have long been admired for their fragrance and beautiful flowers.  We can successfully grow roses in South Florida depending on the variety that is selected.  Even better, many of these roses will bloom year-round, making them a wonderful addition to any garden. 

The key to growing roses successfully is to select a rose variety that has demonstrated superior pest tolerance and landscape performance in our unique climate and soil conditions!

The Drift and SunRosa roses have been developed to perform well in our hot, rainy and humid summers. They come in various colors and fragrances, and will grow to 2 ½ feet making them an ideal border plant with color.  The 'Knock-Out' series of roses are also hardy and can bloom throughout the year.  Pope John Paul is our favorite fragrant shrub rose.  The Don Juan, mini-rose, and Louis Phillipe roses are great climbers.  These low maintenance roses produce open, informal blooms in repeat cycles throughout the year.

Hybrid tea, grandiflora, floribunda, and polyantha are rose varieties that produce an assortment of lovely, florist quality blooms. Certain cultivars of these roses will perform very well in Florida when they have been grafted during nursery production onto Fortuniana rootstock.  This is a hardy, proven Florida rootstock, resisting nematode infestation while developing an extensive root system to provide the water and nutrients necessary for long term success.

After selecting the right cultivar, the rose must be planted in a location which will provide it with at least six hours of daily sunlight. It should be planted with enriched, quality soil and the root ball should be one to two inches above grade. Roses require regular watering and soil with good drainage. They will perform best with regular fertilization, preferably with a controlled-release fertilizer containing all 16 elements and microelements, specifically formulated for our climate and soil.  Our preference is Nurseryman's Sure-Gro 6-8-10 rose fertilizer which is a highly effective 60 day product used in some of the most prestigious rose gardens throughout Florida.

We invite you to come see the many varieties of roses we have in stock, and ask us how you can incorporate these gorgeous plants in your landscape!

The Riverland newsletter is sent to our subscribers when we schedule new classes for the month.  Like us on Facebook if you are interested in receiving more frequent updates as to our current happenings and helpful gardening tips. 

Vince Molnar, Owner

Dan McKinney, Owner
Riverland Nursery

Superior Florida Palms: Selection and Care      

Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.

Instructor:  Donna Cressman, Riverland Nursery Associate



Palms are such a ubiquitous part of the tropical landscape, we sometimes take them for granted.   However, they do require some care to keep them looking great and resistant to insects and disease. Our instructor, Donna, has been studying palms since she moved here 14 years ago. She will teach you how to select unique and interesting palms, and how to take care of them in your landscape.  She will be available to answer questions about your existing palms at the end of the session.

Riverland Nursery stocks a wide variety of palms well adapted to our Southwest Florida climate. We carry the highest quality fertilizer for palms and other products to solve disease and pest issues.

To register for this class, please call our office at 239-693-5555.

*Please arrive 15 minutes prior to class.  We kindly ask class participants to follow the instructions of our traffic directors.  

Hardy, Successful Roses for SW Florida       
Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.

Instructor:  Vince Molnar, Riverland Nursery Owner



Vince will introduce class participants to lovely roses that deserve to have a role in our garden designs. His discussion will include the best methods for planting and maintaining roses. He will discuss his favorites that have proved themselves winners for gardens in Florida's challenging hot and humid climate. Some grow on their own rootstock and others are grafted onto a hardy, Fortuniana rootstock. These roses have demonstrated superior disease resistance and performance in our southern gardens. Sign up for this class to learn more about favored roses for our area and how to incorporate them into landscapes.

To register for this class, please call our office at 239-693-5555.

*Please arrive 15 minutes prior to class.  We kindly ask class participants to follow the instructions of our traffic directors.  

Riverland Nursery
13005 Palm Beach Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33905

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