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.

‘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.