Taking Care of Roses in Summer
Posted July 11, 2011on:
Most of us have a common thinking that spring season is the busiest time of year in terms of taking care of different flowers especially roses. But it is fact that when summer season is at its full swing, it becomes even more difficult to take care of roses as there are some additional tasks that needs to be performed. Remember that roses mostly grow well in warm weather but they still need your help to sustain their survival. As summer season is now at its peak, I therefore thought about gathering some tips for rose care in summer. Here is my collection of tips on taking care of roses in summer:
- Roses will need to be watered during hot and dry weather but remember that amount of water will always depend on soil conditions and weather. It is mostly recommended to soak the soil to a depth of 10 to 12 inches every two weeks. Watering method is also important to be considered. Water should be applied directly to soil because over-head watering makes the foliage wet and leads to diseases problem. If you cannot avoid over-head watering, then the best time to water roses is morning so that foliage may get time to dry.
- Another thing which you can do to conserve soil moisture is to add mulch around rose plant. Mulching also helps controlling weeds. So spread a fresh 3 inch layer of mulch on soil 6 inches away from rose’s main cane. Best mulches include shredded bark, cocoa bean hulls, wood chips and pine needles.
- Vigorous growth and abundance of blooms depend on proper fertilizing. Roses need to be fertilized three times a year. For the first time, fertilizer should be applied in early spring after pruning. Fertilizer should be then applied during first blooming period and for the third time in year, roses should be fertilized in mid or late July. Fertilizers should not be applied after July 31 because late fertilization may produce tender growth. Another thing which I think important to add is that roses should not be fertilized on days when temperature exceeds over 85 degrees F. Don’t forget to water roses before and after applying fertilizers.
- Spent flowers should be deadheaded to help plants conserving energy for new blooms. Roses stems should be cut back to ¼ inch above a leaf with five leaflets. Pruning also needs care because removal of foliage in large amount may weaken young plants as this reduces food producing ability. Moreover, sharp and sterile tools should be used for pruning.
- Roses should also be checked for summer diseases and pests like thrips, Japanese beetles and spider mites. Japanese beetles can be hand-picked and crushed while thrips and spider mites can be controlled with insecticides. You can plan a spray program through summer months to control diseases and pests. It is suggested to use a combination of insecticides and fungicides which are available at nurseries.
These were some simple suggestions and tips which you can follow to take care of roses in summer. I hope you will find these quite helpful in getting a striking and beautiful result.