There’s nothing lovelier than a rose bush in full bloom! However, roses do require some care to keep them healthy and happy, particularly during the hot summer months. Here are some tips to help you grow prize-winning roses all summer long!
Watering/Mulching – To prevent browning and leaf loss, make sure you’re watering your roses frequently. The best time for watering is in the morning so that the water has time to soak into the ground without evaporating in the sun and heat. The best way to water is by giving the roses a good, deep soaking; deep watering encourages a strong root system. It’s a good idea to mulch around the base of your plant. Mulching is a great way not only to prevent evaporation, but also to protect roots from the hot summer sun. Pine straw and pine bark are effective and offer a finished look to your design. Apply at least a 3 inch layer around your plants.
Pests – Unfortunately, roses can fall victim to mites and other insects during the summer. However, it is easy to take care of this problem if you are on the lookout for it. Checking the leaves on your roses is the best way to discover any problems, particularly if you do it every day. One of the easiest ways to get rid of pests is by hosing down your roses once a week to dislodge any bugs; pay special attention to the underside of the leaves where mites like to hide! A longer lasting solution to pests is Bonide Rose Shield™. This systemic pest protection is absorbed by the plant and then kills pests when they ingest it. This useful spray also protects against disease and only needs to be applied once a month!
Fertilizing – Roses are ravenous, so it’s important to feed them on a regular basis to keep them blooming their best. Espoma Rose Tone is an excellent organic fertilizer and can be applied every few weeks to encourage growth. This organic rose food is preferred by professional gardeners because of the prize-winning roses produced as a result of its long lasting nutrition! In addition to monthly fertilizer, you can also add compost or soil amendment at the beginning of the season.
Blooming/pruning – While your roses are still blooming, you might have notices that the flowers are smaller than in the spring. This is because the summer heat causes the plant to grow faster, usually with fewer petals. Try not to cut all the flowers at once. Choose stem cuttings randomly to encourage more growth. When your blooms are spent, be sure to deadhead promptly to encourage your roses to channel their energy into another bloom cycle. You can prune your roses after it is finished blooming, but the best time is early spring. Take out any weak branches and inside branches to promote air circulation. Prune off any spent flowers.
Drop by The Family Tree to browse our selection of rose fertilizers and insecticides; we have everything you’ll need for beautifully blooming roses all summer long! We also have associates who are passionate about gardening and are always happy to answer any questions you might have!