Care of Roses
Beware the Dog Days of Summer!
Sun is a two-edged sword to roses. They
require sun, but heat is one of the worst enemies that roses
face. July and August can be scorchers. Not only are
your roses at risk of heat damage, but the accompanying
humidity breeds insects and fungal diseases.
Seasonal Tips for Summer Rose
Here's a look at what we can do to keep our roses beautiful
and healthy until the cooling days of autumn arrive.
- Make sure that your roses have all the water that they
need. Remember to water from the roots and not from the top
to avoid fungus development and to make sure that your
bushes can drink their full.
- Water daily when the temperature is at or above 90F.
Pot-grown roses may need to be watered twice per day. Avoid
watering during the hottest times of day to guard against
- Spray fungicide on a weekly basis to keep these
humidity-born diseases at bay, and cut back canes and
foliage which show any signs of infection.
- Apply light feedings of fertilizer at least three times
per week. Don't over-fertilize as this will cause burning.
Stop applying fertilizer by August 15 so your rose will go
dormant before winter.
- Apply 2 to 3 cups of organics weekly, and stop applying
your organics during the last week of August.
- July and August are prime times for spider mites who
thrive in the heat and humidity. Spritz your foliage and
buds with water on a regular basis to show these pests that
they are not welcome on your roses.
- Now is not the time to fall behind on your deadheading
chores. Your canes need all of their strength to support
new growth, so pay careful attention.
- Start cutting back your roses in the latter part of
August so they will be ready to produce those huge autumn
blooms which are right around the corner.
- Trim the stems and branches that are trying to grow
toward the center of the bush. This not only increases air
circulation, but it removes prime breeding grounds for
spider mites and helps to reduce the appearance of fungus
infections that thrive in hot, moist areas within your
If you are planning to exhibit your roses in any of the fall
shows, you'll need to carefully time your cane pruning
activities in order to allow enough time for recycling to
Rose Bloom Recycling
Here is a chart of the most common recycling times for
selected species. Soil condition, temperature, bush health and
other planting and growing conditions may cause these times to
vary widely, so use this chart only as a guideline.
|| Uncle Joe, New
Zealand, Touch of Class
|| Crystalline, Elizabeth
Taylor, Peace, Olympiad
|| Color Magic, Double
Delight, Gold Medal,
|| Altissimo, First
Prize, Fragrant Cloud
|| Dainty Bess, Playboy,
Fragrant Cloud is a favorite~
Huge fragrant blooms in a gorgeous orange/red
NEXT: Fall Back, The
Joy of Autumn Rose Care