Roses for Thanksgiving
Flowers in the Fall
That’s right, roses from the garden in late fall is certainly a possibility considering the nice long Indian Summers we usually have here in Southern Maryland. With just a little care and attention, you can enjoy blooming roses even after several frosts.
Continue to dead-head roses all summer and fall to promote new buds. Feed every 6 weeks with Bayer Systemic Rose Food and insect control. Pick off and/or spray leaves that are badly infected with Black Spot Disease or Powdery Mildew. Once the blooming season is over, it is very important to cut the rose plants back by about half. Pick up and dispose of all infected foliage and add 2-3 inches of fresh mulch, soaking thoroughly.
The fall season is also a better time than spring to plant new rose bushes. The air temperature is cooling, yet the soil temperature is still warm enough for new roots to establish. The plants are going dormant, not exploding with new growth, so there is much less stress and strain on the plants, which means significantly less work for you. We suggest adding 2 cups of Rose Tone to newly planted and established rose bushes during Thanksgiving weekend.
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