The Great Rose Giveaway

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Sep 21, 2016 2:22:48 PM



Did you know we love our fans and followers? To say thank you, we are giving away free one gallon premium Proven Winners 'At Last' series roses exclusively to our followers and subscribers.  

Starting this Friday, September 23, 2016, come to any of our stores and mention the Proven Winners Rose Giveaway at the check stand, and we'll hand a free rose to you. No strings attached and no purchase necessary.  

Just our way of saying THANK YOU for following us!
One per customer while supplies last.

'At Last' Series Rose:

Features: Fragrant

Size: 30-36" (height and spread)

Shrub Type: Deciduous

Flower Color: Orange

Foliage Color/Shade: Dark Green



Care & Planting Ideas:

This is considered an easy-care rose that defies conventional expectations of what a rose needs to thrive in a landscape.  

Quick Care Considerations:

  • Planting location: Full sun
  • Watering: Needs average water with good drainage
  • Pruning: Prune back one-third of its total height each spring, just as the buds begin to emerge on the stems. Cut just above a healthy thick bud, as these will produce the most vigorous growth. It can be fertilized at this time with an organic rose fertilizer like Bayer All-In-One Rose and Flower Food.

Companion Planting Ideas:

If planting in your landscape, this rose will look phenomenal with any low or sub-shrub planted in the foreground. Some evergreen companion planting ideas include Coprosma, Lavender, or Manzanita. When considering color options choose perennials with purple flowers to compliment the vibrant orange flowers.

Congratulations on your lovely 'At Last' rose...and, THANK YOU!


Topics: Roses, Events

Pruning 101

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Feb 4, 2016 9:57:15 AM

pruning_woody_plants-resized-600-011342-edited.jpgPruning is the act of selectively trimming plant material in order to direct growth. This is done to promote better flowering or fruiting, accentuate a plants natural form or increase it's vigor. Everyone who gardens will eventually utilize pruning to maintain their plants health or appearance, so if you're uncertain about how to prune a specific plant visit one of our five locations and let us walk you through the process. 

The right tools are key to the pruning process. 

Here are our recommendations: 
Prune Like a Pro

When is the best time to prune?

For the majority of plants, the best time to prune is in late winter to early spring. This is because a dormant plant is less likely to have a stress reaction to the removal of limbs and foliage. 

It's better to prune towards the end of the dormant season because:

  • Dense branches can help insulate a plant from frost damage, so you want to leave them on during the coldest parts of winter 
  • Late winter is right before new growth happens in spring, so a plant is ready to close off the wound as quickly as possible when it starts growing as soon as the weather warms up
  • Deciduous plants have no leaves, so it's easier to see their natural forms and access the branches which need to be pruned

Fruit trees, roses, perennials (such as lavender and sage), grasses and most shrubs are pruned at this time of year. Fruit trees and roses can be pruned in several different ways depending on their type, age and desired use. 

Click the link below for tips on pruning roses:

Pruning Roses

Click the link below for tips on pruning fruit trees for the home gardener:

Backyard Orchard Culture

There are some exceptions to the rule, some plants should not be pruned in late winter to early spring.

The following categories of plants should be pruned at different times of year:

  • Apricots and cherries are susceptible to fungal and bacterial infections, and open pruning wounds in cooler weather can exasperate the issue. They should both be pruned after fruiting in late summer or fall. 
  • Trees, shrubs and vines which bloom in spring are blooming on old wood, meaning wood that developed the previous year. As a general rule, any shrub or tree which blooms in spring should be pruned shortly after they've finished blooming. 
  • Hydrangeas- if you have an everblooming variety of Hydrangea such as the 'Endless Summer'® or 'Let's Dance'® series, they can be pruned throughout the year. The varieties which bloom annually shouldn't be pruned after mid-August. 

What types of pruning cuts are there?

Heading: Heading cuts prune away the tip of a branch, or it's terminal shoot. This is usually done to stop a branch from growing longer, and encourage bushy growth from lateral shoots. A heading cut on the main leader of a tree, is known as topping. Topping will stunt the tree from growing taller, and is not generally recommended. 

Blueberry_pruning-resized-600.jpgThinning: Thinning cuts (pictured) are where you select a lateral branch you would like to shorten, trace it back to it's point of origin, and cutting it off there. Thinning reduces size while maintaining a plant's natural form–ideal for pruning Japanese Maples. For plants which send up branches in a clumping pattern directly from the ground, the branch is traced back and cut at ground level. 

Shearing: Shearing is a type of pruning in which a lot of small branches are cut with "heading" cuts all at once, usually flush to the same level vertically or horizontally. Shearing encourages dense, uniform lateral growth for a neat and trimmed form–typically to maintain hedges and topiaries.

Note: Whenever shearing a hedge, always shear it at a slight angle like a pyramid, where the base is wider than the top, so that the top of the hedge doesn't cast shade and prevent light from reaching the lower branches. 

Pinching: Pinching is a way of preventing a bud from developing into a branch or flower. It is generally only done to new growth or herbaceous plants, anything soft enough to be severed with your fingers. This method is good for directing growth of young plants, and preventing flowering or fruiting. 

Topics: Winter, Tree, Shrubs, Pruning, Roses, Fruit Trees, Japanese Maples, Perennials

Bareroot Basics

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Dec 28, 2015 9:28:59 AM

Bareroot season is here, and it's the best time of year to select and plant the perfect variety of rose, fruit tree or rare edibles for your garden. 

What is bareroot?

Bareroot_Behind_the_Scenes_1-762515-edited.jpgBareroot nursery stock is plants that have been grown on farms in the field, dug up, and then transferred to nurseries to sell. At Green Acres Nursery & Supply, we pot-up our bareroot plants in fiber pulp pots, which helps protect the roots and lengthens the season that they're available to you. 

What is the benefit of buying bareroot?

  • Quality: because they're dormant when dug up, there is minimal damage inflicted on the roots. Planting them in the cool season allows them to get established so they are ready to take off come spring. 
  • Price: bareroot plants require less care to maintain in the nursery, so we receive them at a lower cost and share the savings with you. 
  • Selection: bareroot season also offers the widest selection of roses and fruit trees at the lowest prices of the year. Whether you're a beginner just looking to get started, or a seasoned gardener searching for that special unique variety, now is the time to buy!
  • Seasonality: Certain plants and unusual varieties are only available this time of year. For example, rhubarb and horseradish are sold almost exclusively in bareroot form. 


With over 50 varieties of Hybrid Tea, Grandiflora, Floribunda and Climbing roses to choose from, now is by far the best time to find that special rose you have your heart set on, or to fall in love with a new one! 

Download Our Bareroot Roses List

Need a few pointers on rose care? Check out our Growing Roses blog.

  Growing Roses

Fruit Trees

Dave Wilson Nursery has been the local expert in growing fruit trees for over 50 years. With their extensive selection of tried-and-true fruit trees with new and exciting varieties available every year, you're sure to find the right tree for your family. 

Want to grow your own, but you're not sure how to start? 

Backyard Orchard Culture


Locally sourced, fantastically flavored strawberries. Plant now for a fruitful spring.

Choose from:

  • Eversweet: everbearing variety produces sweet, conical fruit spring through fall. Ideal choice for warmer climates. 
  • Quinault: everbearing variety produces large, soft and sweet fruit, ideal for preserving and eating fresh. Produces late spring through fall. 


Other Tasty Bareroot Treats

  • Asparagus: perennial vegetable which requires partial shade in our climate. Once planted, it cannot be moved so find a permanent home for it. Asparagus requires several years of growth before first harvest, but your patience will be rewarded. 
  • Horseradish: very vigorous and easy to grow plant, requires about a year's worth of growth before first harvest. Horseradish thrives in rich soil. 
  • Rhubarb: delicious, edible, and attractive enough to earn a place in your ornamental garden. Rhubarb requires several years of growth before harvest, and afternoon shade in our climate. Harvest by pulling stalks sideways, never removing all the stalks from a single plant at once. Leaves are poisonous, ingest stalks only. 

Learn How To Grow Rhubarb, Horseradish and Asparagus 

Topics: Winter, Edibles, Roses, Grandiflora, Floribunda, Rhubarb, Strawberries, Asparagus, Horseradish

Great Gift Ideas for Gardeners

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Dec 10, 2015 2:40:56 PM

Chances are you know a few people who love to spend time in the garden. There may not be a whole lot of yard work to do right now, but there is plenty of fun gift ideas at Green Acres Nursery & Supply!



Do you know a gardener that is passionate about roses? Make sure you give them all they need to thrive. Mid-December through Mid-February is the best time to prune roses in our climate.

We carry everything you need for rose pruning, plus a great selection of packaged bareroot roses available in stores now! Choose from a wide variety of Hybrid Tea, Grandiflora, Floribunda and Climbing Roses. 

Packaged Bareroot Rose Varieties







What about that special person who loves outdoor entertaining? Green Acres Nursery & Supply Outdoor Living is your destination for grills in Elk Grove, Folsom, and Rocklin. We carry a great selection of barbecues from trusted brands such as Big Green Egg and Weber. The Big Green Egg package is a great deal, available in several sizes and comes with everything you, or your favorite grill master, need to get grillin'. Check out our gallery of grills



Houseplants & Accessories

The holidays give us many opportunities to visit with our loved ones. Don't show up to a party empty-handed! Check out some of these beautiful gifts for your favorite host or hostess:



Christmas Cactus

The Christmas Cactus is a fountain-shaped succulent which bears beautiful pink flowers right around Christmas time. Its graceful weeping forms, drought tolerance and reliable bloom make it a great houseplant year-round. 

 Varieties may vary at each location.






Hand-Painted Pottery*

This pottery and statuary is bright, colorful, and sure to liven up a patio or flower bed. Hand-painted in Mexico, each piece is one-of-a-kind, and sure to perfectly accentuate your next fiesta. 

 *Available at Elk Grove, Folsom, Rocklin and Roseville.







Tillandsia Wreath**

What about a wreath that is still stylish even after the holidays? This one, made of woven grapevine and topped with a bow is bearing Tillandsia (Air Plants), an unusual type of eye-catching houseplant which requires very little maintenance to thrive. 


 *Available at Elk Grove, Folsom, Rocklin and Roseville.





Amaryllis Centerpiece

There's no going wrong with Amaryllis, a bulb which can be "forced" to bloom indoors to create a stunning living centerpiece. Simply set in a container lined with decorative pebbles, add some water and watch the stalk shoot up to reveal huge trumpet-shaped flowers that are sure to impress guests. In a hurry? We have pre-potted Amaryllis bulbs ready for any occasion.

Growing Bulbs Indoors 




If you just can't decide, go for the gold with a Green Acres gift card! Available in any amount. 

Topics: Gift Ideas, Winter, Holiday Decor, Seasonal Items, BBQ, Outdoor Entertaining, Houseplants, Roses, Airplants, Tillandsia, Big Green Egg, Grilling, Christmas, Grills, Grandiflora, Floribunda, Climbing Rose, Rose Care, Hybrid Tea Rose

Tips from Sacramento Rose Experts

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Dec 8, 2015 3:04:59 PM

rose_shrubs-558901-edited.jpgWith their long bloom season, impressive flower display and enticing fragrance and color, roses may seem like a lot of work but they don't have to be. The Sacramento Area chapter of the American Rose Society has some basic guidelines on how to make your rose garden thrive, without breaking your back. 






  • In our climate, the best time to prune roses is mid-December to mid-February.
  • Newly established roses should be pruned very lightly, just enough to removed dead branches or twiggy canes.
  • Always start pruning from the base of the rose (bud union) and working your way up, thinning out all but the strongest canes.
  • Make your cuts 1/4" to 1/2" above the bud.


For more tips check out our Pruning Roses blog

  Pruning Roses

Month-by-Month Maintenance


  • Prune all roses through mid-February, except those that only bloom once a year. Those that bloom once a year should be pruned after they bloom. 
  • Clean all debris from around roses to prevent fungal diseases.
  • Plant bareroot roses.
  • If you've noticed problems with your roses in the past year, such as fungus or insect pests, spray with Neem oil to prevent problems in the future.


  • Finish all rose pruning by mid-February before new growth begins. 
  • Test your soil for pH and nutrient imbalances, add amendments as required.
  • Apply organic soil amendments as needed to help enrich you soil.
  • Apply a 2-4" thick layer of mulch around roses, being careful to keep it a few inches away from the base of the plant to prevent crown rot.


  • Check irrigation to make sure it's functioning properly. In the summer, most roses need a minimum of three times per week watering for the best blooms.
  • Fertilize with EB Stone Organics Rose & Flower Food according to package directions now through September. Add specialty amendments as needed, based on soil test kit results.
  • Monitor for aphids on new growth. Aphids can easily be controlled by many methods, including horticultural oils, soaps and organic insecticides. Check out our Pest SOS Series for tips on controlling aphids. 
  • Monitor for fungal diseases and apply fungicides if needed. Fungal diseases can be prevented by removing debris around roses, applying dormant sprays, and pruning for good air circulation in the winter. 


  • You may choose to thin out buds to create fewer, but larger blossoms. 
  • Deadhead frequently to extend bloom season.
  • Continue monitoring for fungal diseases, treating if needed. Remove and discard leaves which show signs of powdery mildew, rust and black spot. 
  • Continue monitoring for pests. If you notice any damaged leaves or flowers, bring pictures and samples into our Landscape Supply department for help identifying and treating the problem. 


  • Cut back spent blooms and remove fallen foliage and petals from around shrubs. In newly planted roses, cut off only the spent blooms. In older shrubs, cut back all the way to pencil-diameter stems or thicker, but stay above the 5-leaflet leaves. This will need to be repeated after each bloom cycle (every six to seven weeks). 
  • Monitor for spider mite infestations. Symptoms include mottled discoloration of the leaves and webbing underneath. If found, spray undersides of leaves with water to deter. Do not spray horticultural oils, which can damage foliage when temperatures reach 90°F.
  • Continue monitoring for spider mites. 
  • Check irrigation to make sure that roses are getting adequate water. If using drip, you may need to swap out your emitters to a higher-flow capacity.
  • Continue to cut back roses after bloom, but be careful not to remove too much foliage, which can expose tender canes to harsh light, resulting in sunscald. 
Garden Tip: If hosting a big event such as a party if your yard, you can set your roses up for a big bloom by cutting back spent blooms and fertilizing about 6-8 weeks before the event. 



  • Replenish mulch in the rose bed if soil is visible.
  • In preparation for a fall rose show, cut back blooms on all roses. To encourage blooms in late September, cut spent blooms mid-August; for mid-October shows cut back by the first week in September. 
  • Apply water soluble fertilizers to supplement fall blooms. 


  • Monitor for aphid infestations, especially on tender new growth. Control with organic insecticides if needed. 
  • Temperatures dropping might encourage fungal diseases such as powdery mildew. If you are consistently having problems, be sure to avoid overhead watering and prune for better air circulation in winter. 
  • Fall is the best time to seek out companion plants for around your roses. Plant flowers which attract beneficial insects to help control pests such as aphids. 


  • Decrease fertilizer application, especially anything high in Nitrogen.12_Days_210-801725-edited-904377-edited.jpg
  • Continue monitoring for pest problems in order to catch them early.
  • Adjust watering system to accommodate for cooler temperatures and rainfall. If you use drip, emitters may need to be swapped for lower-flow types.
  • Continue cutting back spent blooms, making sure not to leave any debris behind which can encourage fungal issues. 
  • Secure long canes of climbing roses to prevent wind injury. 
  • Check irrigation again, it may need to be shut off if natural rainfall is adequate.
  • Allowing some roses to develop hips can provide your garden with some color in the winter months. 
  • Continue good sanitation practices. As roses lose their leaves, remove the debris to prevent fungal diseases. 
  • Make sure you have everything you need for proper rose pruning
    • bypass pruners
    • folding saw
    • loppers
    • elbow-length gloves
    • kneepads
  • Begin pruning roses mid-late December. 


Dowload our Packaged Bareroot Rose Varieties List  

Choose from a great selection of Climbing roses, Hybrid Teas, Grandifloras and Floribundas at the best prices of the year!

Topics: Pruning, Roses, Cut Flower Garden, Neem Oil, Grandiflora, Spider Mites, Floribunda, Climbing Rose, Sacramento Rose Society, Rose Care, Rose Pruning, Hybrid Tea Rose

Bareroot Roses

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Jan 14, 2015 5:34:00 AM

Why buy bareroot?

When roses go dormant in the winter, they are less susceptible to transplant shock when planted. This time of year also offers the broadest selection available at the lowest prices. Green Acres carries patent and non-patent varieties of hybrid tea, grandiflora, floribunda and climbing roses. 
Roses are deceivingly easy to grow. With minimal routine care, they will flourish and grace your garden with dazzling color and enticing fragrance for many months out of the year.  

Just follow these simple steps for stunning roses:

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Roses perform best when given full sun, which is at least four to six hours a day. With the exception of climbing roses, most rose shrubs get about four to six feet high and wide, depending on how they are pruned. It is very important to give a rose enough room to grow, as crowding them can lead to fungal diseases caused by poor air circulation.


Dig the hole twice as wide as the container it’s in and one and a half times as deep. Mound the soil at the bottom of the hole, so that when the rose is planted, it sits one to two inches above the soil grade. Add EB Stone Sure Start to the hole at the rate recommended on the box. If your rose is planted in a biodegradable peat pot, remove the top rim of the pot and cut slits down the side to make it easier for the roots to grow. Combine the backfill 50/50 with a rich soil amendment, such as EB Stone Rose Grow. Finally, apply a two to four inch thick layer of mulch around the roots of the plant, but leave at least two inches from the stem to prevent crown rot. 

Pests & Diseases

Roses are susceptible to several types of fungus. The best method of prevention for fungal infections is proper cultural care practices, such as:
  • Give each plant enough space for proper air circulation
  • Prune out any brown or black canes that may be harboring disease from last year
  • In the winter, remove all the old leaves from underneath the rose and replace the mulch
  • Avoid overhead watering or watering in the evening. Watering in the early morning is best
If you have a persistent recurring problem with pests on your roses, try treating them with a dormant spray such as Monterey Liqui-Cop and Bonide All-season oil in the winter before bud break. This can help suppress fungal diseases and kill any overwintering pests that may be nestled in the crown of the rose. 
Once the rose has leafed out, severe pest problems can be remedied with Bonide Rose Rx, a highly effective fungicide, miticide and insecticidal foliar spray.


The ideal time for pruning roses is when they are dormant in the winter, before bud break. In our region, this is between mid-December to mid-February. Always use clean, sharp pruning instruments and make sure they are the right pruning tools for the size of branch being removed. Here are some basic guidelines for pruning roses, for more detailed instructions, please see our [Rose Pruning for Sacramento Gardeners] blog!
  • First remove all brown or black canes, and suckers (vigorous, pliable branches that come up from the roots of the plant)
  • Next choose about 3-5 healthy canes (depending on the variety) and remove about 1/3rd of the top growth
  • Cut at a 30 to 45 degree angle about ¼” above an outward facing bud
  • If the cane you are pruning is larger than ½” in diameter, use a sealant on the wound to prevent insect damage
  • After pruning, fertilize your rose with Alfalfa meal and Sul-Po-Mag at the rate recommended on the box


For the best garden performance, it is important to continually fertilize roses throughout the growing season. Because roses are such long-lived heritage plants, it’s generally recommended to use organic fertilizers which will improve the health of the soil where they are planted. Another benefit of organic fertilizers is that they do not cause a plant to suddenly produce an abundance of tender green growth, which can attracts pests such as aphids. We recommend EB Stone Organics Rose & Flower foods, applied regularly at the rate recommended on the box. 

Topics: Roses

Bareroot Roses for Sacramento Gardeners

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Feb 6, 2014 5:16:00 PM

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At Green Acres bareroot roses are not just a rose but much more!  Bareroot season, is here and will be gone soon.  Now is one of the best times to buy and plant roses.  

What is a bareroot rose you may ask?  A bareroot rose is simply a rose sold in the winter time when the plant is dormant, (sleeping).

Some people are uneasy about planting bareroot roses, maybe because they don't know how to plant them.  Bareroot roses want to grow badly enough and will overcome planting deficiencies as long as they are planted green side up with a good dose of water.


Why is this the best time to plant a rose?

While the roses are dormant the plants can be planted with little disturbance.  Another interesting fact is that little soil is needed around their root system because they are dormant. 

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Are there added benefits to planting rose during bareroot season?

Sure!  Because the plant is sold in a dormant state with little soil and no blooms, bareroot rose season is one of the most economical times to buy a rose.  The cost savings during the bareroot season is at least 30 percent less than during the Spring and Summer months.  The second perk is that there is a large variety of roses to be found during bareroot season.  Bareroot roses will soon look just like a potted rose that you might buy throughout the Spring and Summer.  Your just going to save some money by buying and planting now. 

At Green Acres Nursery, we only sell grade #1 roses.  Grade #1 is important.  This means that these roses have at least 3 strong canes with a very strong bud union.  Our roses are from Certified Roses, a rose grower known for their quality roses for over 60 years.  The roots of certified roses are strong and adjust quickly to soil conditions when they leaf out in late winter and early spring.


So, you have decided to buy a bareroot rose … 

Before planting, it is recommended by the American Rose Society and Green Acres to submerge the entire plant into a bucket of water with a few tablespoons of the effective transplant solution, Vitamin B-1 by Liquinox.  Let your plant soak for at least 12 hours.  This soaking will help rehydrate the roots and make it optimal for planting.


Now where do you plant it?

The optimum spot for a rose is in a sunny location (at least 6 hours of sun, morning sun is best, especially for hybrid teas).  Make sure the rose is placed in a spot with good air circulation to avoid fungus problems and well draining soil so that the roots will not rot.  The planting hole should be 2' by 2' by 2'.  This may seem like overkill to you, but planting in a deep and wide hole will help with drainage.  If you have well draining soil you are set and can get by with a hole 18 inches deep.  If you aren't sure about your soil- fill the hole with water and if it takes more than an hour to drain then dig to 24", fill the hole with 4-5" of gravel and plant.  Be sure and use Greenall Rose Planting Mix with native soil and EB Stone Sure Start Fertilizer.  These products are made here in Northern California, for yards like yours!  They get your roses off to the best start possible. 

bareroot rose 


You found a spot in your yard, what type of rose is right for you?

Hybrid Teas – Most popular variety

This is the cut flower rose.  Flowers appear in a single blossom on a large stem.  The roses are usually larger (3-6” across).  Hybrid Teas also tend to be the most fragrant.  The plants usually grow tall and upright. 

A couple notable Hybrid Teas this bareroot season:

Chrysler Imperial:  Chrysler Imperial is an older classic.  Sensational red roses are produced on this plant.  Introduced in 1952, this wonderful rose is still a favorite among rose lovers.  Long pointed buds develop into extra large blooms that are velvety dark red.  Perfect for cutting.  Blooms are 4-5” across.  Fragrant

Love Me Tender:  Orchid to creamy pink cherry edged blooms.  This rose flower emits a gentle fragrance.  Grows 4-6’ and bushy.


Floribunda Roses- Natures bouquet

The first floribunda roses were introduced by a Danish Rose hybridizer named Svend Poulesin in the 1920’s.  Floribundas are known for their bouquet of blooms on each branch.  The flowers are smaller than Hybrid Teas but make quite a statement with their clusters!  Most floribundas grow to a height of 3 feet and are more compact than hybrid teas making them perfect for containers and hedges.  Floribunda varieties also tend to be hardier in full sun and more disease resistant than Hybrid teas.

A few notable Floribunda varieties this bareroot season:

Iceberg:  Although this variety is available through out the year.  Bareroot season offers an excellent opportunity to plant this rose in a hedge at a very affordable price!  Iceberg is a beloved rose that is extremely disease resistant and prolific.  It has long pointed buds and shapely, pure white blooms borne in clusters of up to 15 per spray.  Medium fragrance.  Great container plant too!

Poseidon:  Exquisitely cupped lavender-blue rosettes pack in over fifty petals each that cover this naturally disease resistant rose!

Scentimental:  Burgundy red and creamy white blooms.  This exquisite rose grows to 3 feet and has a nice strong fragrance!

strike it rich rose resized 600 Grandiflora Roses – Roses of Distinction!

Grandiflora roses tend to be the taller growing roses.  They are a cross between Floribunda and Hybrid Teas.  Grandiflora’s are a modern hybrid with larger blooms than a floribunda but usually in clusters continuously blooming throughout the season.

Notable Grandiflora Tea Roses:

Silver Star:  A non fading beautiful lavender rose with vigorous growth.  This rose can grow 5 feet plus. Makes a great focal point in the middle of a garden that will signal its presence to anyone able to admire it!  Slightly fragrant.

Strike it Rich:  Elegant Gold and rosy pink buds amid disease resistant foliage.  Strike it rich has unusual long red stems and vigorous growth that make it a truly great cutting rose!


Climbing roses – Trellis, Arbors or Fences will never look so grand!

So you have an Arbor or Trellis that needs a bit of spice?  A fence that needs a bit of color?  Try a climbing rose!  Low maintenance and elegant. 

A couple of varieties this year.

Joseph's Coat:  A kaleidoscope of colors – multi-colored rainbow that opens yellow-orange than varies between orange, pink and red.  Slightly fragrant. (pictured)

bareroot roses for sacramento gardeners

Angel Face:  Loved for its sweet lemon-like fragrance, this favorite is covered in lavender blossoms.  Grows 10-12 feet to cover even the largest Arbors!


Plant a rose and enjoy our National Flower with all its beauty and fragrance.  


Topics: What Can I Plant This Season?, Seasonal Items, Tips for Winter, Roses

Capable Climbing Roses

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Jun 5, 2013 9:53:00 AM

Climbing roses are in full bloom in June!

climbing roses

Climbing roses, also known as "climbers" typically bloom later in the season in Sacramento, after the rose shrubs bloom.  They are a beautiful addition to anyone's landscape!  When choosing a climbing rose think of it like playing garden decoration: plant to have blossoms cover a fence, prettify a pergola, or even trail from branches of a tree.

There are many types to choose from like- spring flowering or repeat bloomers, small blossoms or large blossoms, and reds, pinks, yellows & more.  Remember that climbing roses don't have the same grasping techniques as some vines do like clematis, ivy, and honeysuckle for example.  They have no actual means of attaching themselves to support so you'll need to train and tie climbers in their early years of growth.  Even though they require training, the results can be spectacular!  

Where to Plant Climbers:

If you have an unsightly wall or fence, climbing roses can be a beautiful solution to that eyesore.  Perhaps you just have lots of evergreen shrubs and bushes in your yard but you would like to add some spring and summer color- then climbing roses are for you!  

Bloom Cycle and Care Tips:

Climbing roses bloom spring, summer and many repeat their bloom cycle again in fall.  All climbers are suited for full sun environments and require regular watering.  Most require regular watering on a weekly basis and a little extra TLC and water when we get into the 100's here in Sacramento.

How to Train Climbing Roses:

Climbers will want to grow upwards.  This is an example of apical dominance; the top most growing point (apex) continues to grow at the expense of growth buds along its length that might produce lateral shoots.  However, when a long, lateral cane is arched over or bent down to a horizontal position, the apex ceases to be dominate and many growth buds along the cane begin to grow.  Most of those growth buds will become flowering canes.

The First 2 Years

During its first year of growth let it grow upward, making no attempt at training.  The next year when it is mature, you can bend it from the vertical and tie it into place.  If canes are fairly limber you can angle them outward into horizontal positions; if they are a bit stiffer, you may have to settle for spreading them into a vase outline.  Either way, tie canes into place with their tips pointing downward thus ending the apical dominance.  

Pruning Climbers:

Climbers require a different pruning schedule than shrub roses.  According to Sunset Western Garden Book it is suggested to let climbers grow un-pruned for the first 2-3 years to get established before Winter pruning.  Going un-pruned simply means you don't need to hack back the plant, however you can still remove dead or diseased canes. 

Capable Climbing Rose Varieties for Sacramento:

'Cecile Brunner'- a favorite rose for cutting especially for minature bouquets.  Small, delicately pointed buds open to fragrant, light pink double blooms in small sprays.  An ever popular climber for arbors or trellises in cottage or country gardens.  Take advantage of the beautiful sweetheart smell this rose has to offer. Deciduous.
climbing roses
'Joseph's Coat'- (right) one of the most popular climbing roses!  Produces multi-colored red-orange to yellow-orange fragrant blooms for cutting.  A natural climber that is best used on arbors or fences.  Cutting faded flowers extends season.  Blooms on new wood- prune early to promote new growth.  Semi evergreen.
'William Baffin'- among the most cold hardy of climbing roses!  Produces deep pink, fragrant blooms for cutting.  A natural climber that is best used on fences and arbors.  Try cutting faded blooms to help extend the season.  Blooms on new wood, so pruning in late winter or early spring is essential to promote new growth.  Semi evergreen and fast grower.  Profuse deep, pink flowers summer through frost.
climbing roses
'Candy Land'- (right) has huge clusters of large impetuous pink blossoms with creamy, ivory yellow on a very showy climber!  Flowers are fragrant and classicly formed, with a 25 petal count.  Exceptional foliage is lush and glossy apple-green which all lends to a classy and beautiful combination.  'Candy Land' is a vigorous, hardy and easy care climber which blooms and re-blooms well, even in the first season.  Deciduous.
'Iceberg'- is a white climber classified as a floribunda rose.  It is often rated as one of the finest  climbing white rose, some even call it the finest climber period.  Profuse flowering and good repeat bloom come on a vigorous plant that reaches 15 feet high.  We have a beautiful example of this climbing rose in action at our Sacramento store in our English "Idea" Garden. 

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Bareroot Roses are So Hot Right Now

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Jan 14, 2013 3:42:00 PM

Bareroot season is here... and bareroot roses are so hot right now.  Not familiar with bareroot?  Well, bareroot means the plants are grown in the field by a grower, uprooted and then shipped to your local nursery (Green Acres), to be sold. This is all possible because roses go dormant in the winter.  When the plant goes dormant, its root system goes dormant too which makes for easy planting and excellent root development.  

bareroot roses

Our bareroot rose selection becomes available in late winter*. We offer the finest variety of Hybrid Tea, Floribunda, Grandiflora, Climbing and Patio Tree, Patent and Non Patent Roses.  Bareroot season is the time to find that special rose you have been looking for.  During bareroot season you can find the best selection of for the whole year. 

bareroot roses

Popular varieties include: 'All American Magic', 'Silver Star', 'Opening Night', 'Mister Lincoln', 'Perfume Delight', 'Pink Peace' (pictured), 'Midas Touch', 'Julia Child' (pictured), 'Scentimental', 'Just Joey', 'Gingersnap'(pictured), 'Iceberg', 'Double Delight' (pictured), & Many MORE!

bareroot roses

A wonderful part of bareroot rose season is that it is the most economical time to buy roses.  Being their dormant season, they are only about one-third the cost of a full bloom rose shrub in spring.  We are certain that we have the best quality and selection of bareroot roses in all of Sacramento.  We invite you to come see our selection today! Don't forget that if you plant now, come late spring, you will see blooms on these lovely roses in your own gardens.

 bareroot roses

Interested in which varieties we offer?  Click below to find out.

Bareroot Rose Varieties  




* Please call stores to check availability. 



Topics: Shrubs for Sacramento Area, New Products, Roses

Tips for Rose Pruning for Sacramento Gardeners

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Dec 17, 2012 3:16:00 PM

rose pruning for Sacramento

Take a look at a few tips you need to know before pruning your roses this season.


Understanding the objective behind every “cut” is the key to learning how to prune.  Once the goals are understood, then the techniques will follow naturally.

Why Prune Roses?

1.  To increase plant vigor.  Unproductive canes are dependent on the healthy ones for their maintenance.  Removal of the diseased, small and old (brown instead of green) canes will result in a healthier plant.  Not only will the plant look cleaner but it will also have less chance of getting the same diseases that infected the previous years' growth. 

2.  To increase and prolong flowering period.  Pruning encourages the growth new canes.  Younger canes tend to have a vigorous growth resulting in more branching.  Since flowers appear on new branches, more flowers will be produced.  Eventual pruning, also known as dead-heading, will have the same effect of encouraging further flowering. 

Rose pruning for Sacramento

3.  To train the rose to desired shape and direction.   Roses are planted for different purposes.  Some are grown as accent plant, hedges, climbers, ramblers, or in masses as in botanical gardens.  In general, roses are pruned to have an open vase-shape allowing the canes to grow slightly outward as in the letter "V".  This is to allow all the stems to get the maximum exposure to sunlight and air circulation.

Ramblers and climbers are pruned to train and guide the canes to follow a specific direction as is growing to cover an arbor.  Once they are established, pruning will be done to maintain the shape of the plant.  Remove dead and damaged branches as well as new canes that are out of place.  Some climbers, such as 'Cecile Brunner', are vigorous growers that if you allow them to grow without intervention, then you are setting yourself up for a mega-pruning job in the future.  A little bit of maintenance pruning each season is in order.

4.  To regulate flower size.  When canes are removed, new healthier ones are encouraged to emerge resulting in larger blooms.  Dead-heading (removal of spent flowers) on the other hand breaks apical dominance which improves lateral branching resulting in more but smaller-sized flowers.  

5.  To promote safety in the garden.  With the exception of a few varieties, roses are like living barbed wires.  Prune roses accordingly in order to keeps the branches away from traffic and play areas of the garden.   

When to Prune Roses

The optimal time to prune roses is determined by the temperatures in a given area.  For best results, pruning should be done late enough in the winter after the last frost but before the buds open up.  In the Sacramento Area and the Sierra Foothills, the optimal time for pruning ranges from mid-December to mid-February – the higher the elevation the later the pruning schedule should be.  In the case of an unexpected change in the weather, ignore the calendar and let the plants speak for themselves - enlarged buds are a sure indicator that it is a good time to prune. 

Making the Cut

Many roses benefit from removing 1/3 of the top growth and removing all but 3-5 canes in a vase-shaped configuration.  The amount of cutting can depend on what type of rose you have.  For example, Hybrid Tea, Grandiflora and Floribundas should keep 3-6 strong healthy canes, whereas Shrub and English roses do best to maintain 6-8 canes and need only light pruning the first two years.  Although there are variations depending on the variety, there are some rules of thumb to always remember when pruning roses:

  1. Remove any suckers away from the trunk or root of the shrub
  2. Make your cut at a 30 to 45 degree angle about 1/4 inch above an outside facing bud.
  3. Seal a pruned cane if it is larger than 1/2 innch with sealant to prevent insects from entering through the wound.

Good information, right?  Do you want to double check that you are making the right cut?  Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words, so see our photo below.  

rose pruning for Sacramento

Pruning Paraphernalia

While you wait for the right time to prune, make sure to get your pruning equipment in place. 

  1. Long handled bypass lopper for cutting the canes.

  2. Hand shears or secateurs for cutting small branches and eventual deadheading.

  3. Leather gloves to protect your hand from the thorns.

Remember that every rose in every garden is different.  Every gardener has a different agenda in pruning.  So go ahead and work on your own pruning style!  

We hope this is a good start to pruning, but if you'd like more information, call or visit any of our stores.

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