Good Rose Maintenance

Early Fall


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Gardening Tips for successful and beautiful Landscapes and Gardens


As summer begins to wind down, start preparing roses for the upcoming fall flower show.


With few exceptions, roses perform much better during cooler weather, something most of us haven't seen much of this summer! For those folks living in parts of the northwest and northeast, as well as the California coastline, roses are still looking good. For those areas, there's little if any change to the maintenance and feeding plans for the coming fall blooming season. The rest of us are not so lucky! After strong storms, high winds, higher temperatures and scalding sun, our roses are looking pretty ragged about now. The plants are amazingly resilient though, and with a little work, will produce loads of blooms this fall.

Here are a few tips to get them ready:


(1) Give bush and shrub roses - Hybrid Tea, Grandiflora and Floribunda - a haircut, i.e., remove about 1/5 to 1/4 of the old top growth. This is much different than the severe pruning conducted in late winter and early spring.


(2) For all roses, including climbers, prune off spindly stems that won't support new blooms. A good rule of thumb is to remove stems that are smaller than the thickness of a pencil.


(3) Remove brown-edged, yellowed and burned foliage, and get rid of any dead twigs or canes.


(4) Clean up all debris. Old leaves and stems can hide insects and disease organisms.


(5) Fertilize with a good, balanced rose food, cultivate lightly and water well. When cultivating, be sure to scratch the nutrients gently into the soil. Rose feeder roots are near the surface and deep or vigorous cultivation can damage them. Roses will respond admirably to this treatment by producing new foliage and lots of new blooms in just a few short weeks. Enjoy the show





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