June is National Rose Month, so we want you to know all the great things you can do to keep your roses producing those gorgeous blooms that we all love, year after year!
Summer care for roses involves pruning, feeding, mulching and attention to pests. Staying attentive to these needs will ensure that your roses continue to provide beautiful blooms through the season and into fall.
Pruning – Keep it light! When the blooms start petering out, or the flowers are losing their shades, then remove the spent flowers. It is important to prune purposefully, cutting back the flowering stems to the next five set of leaves. This will encourage growth, so stop deadheading 3 to 4 weeks before the first hard frost to avoid cold damage to tender new leaves.
Water & Fertilizer – Give your rose bushes a deep watering at least once a week while the plants are in flower and actively growing. Apply an organic fertilizer, like G&B Organics Rose & Flower Fertilizer, around the base of the plant and water in well.
Mulch – After applying the fertilizer, top dress your rose bushes with an organic mulch layer, about 2 inches thick; keep the base of your plant exposed to avoid rot & disease issues. Check out our Mulching for Healthy Soil & Ecosystem post on our website for excellent mulching solutions.
Pest/Disease – When it comes to pests, keeping it clean is best! Here are some basic tips for staying ahead of disease and pest problems:
– Cleanup debris such as trimmings, spent blooms and dead leaves and get them into the yard debris bin. Keeping your plants and the area around your plants clean lessens the chances of fungal and pests problems.
– Keep your pruning shears clean by using a cloth with rubbing alcohol, rubbing down the blades before starting to prune another plant.
– Encourage beneficial insects. Ladybugs are big helpers as aphids are their main delight! Ladybugs are available to purchase at our Garden Center.
– Be proactive! Catching disease or pests early can be crucial in controlling the issue. We are here to help, so bring in a leaf sample and we’ll do our best to help you nip the problem in the bud.