WADDELL, Ariz. - While most of us are on the verge of having to throw a blanket over our plants, the near freezing low temperatures in Waddell mean it’s harvest and planting time for rose farmers.
The cold weather causes the plants to go dormant and it also makes the plant and roots firm for digging up and for planting new bulbs, says Matt Woolf with Woolf Leyton Farms. If it’s too warm the roots won’t grow.
Woolf has had to quadruple his team so they can get all the work done on the 700 acres of rose bushes within 10 weeks.
Woolf says the biggest weather threat for rose farms is rain, which makes it impossible to dig and get into the field.