Fall roses; slow down growth

Winter is coming to the Northern hemisphere, we all know it. I hope you had a successful rose growing season. Yes, we will all have a few more smaller roses with great color before the long pause, but it is time to consider best practices in the rose garden this fall.

20120923-170209.jpg
‘Dr. John Dickman’ shows it’s best color in cooler weather.

Slowing down our roses means not encouraging tender, new cane growth in late September or later. Deadheading is a practice that stimulates new growth, so to slow down this process it is recommended that rose growers pull off petals of spent blooms before they shatter.

20120923-171023.jpg

20120923-171048.jpg

Advertisements