Consulting Rosarian Tips for October:
As this year’s gardening season
draws to a close we look forward to turning our attention to next year! These
warm September and October days are great for getting the tasks done that can
help reduce disease and pest problems (also work) next season. We all know that
it will be snowing and blowing soon enough and that makes these last of the
season days spent in the rose garden so enjoyable.
This year the end of summer has
been very dry. A regular weekly watering schedule is important under these
conditions. Be careful not to over water as the plants need to harden off for
winter dormancy. Balance is important. It is also important to deep water before
a predicted hard frost to minimize root damage from dry soil if possible.
If you experienced mildew or
fungus problems, remove, bag and dispose of infested leaves and shoots including
any plant material on the ground. Do not compost! Good fall clean up and
sanitation will be very helpful with controlling pests and diseases next season.
Removing spent blooms will
encourage new growth which is to be discouraged so it is best to only remove the
petals or clip off the bloom just below the flower.
Be vigilant in snapping off any
“basal breaks” coming up from the base of the plant. The “basal breaks” so
welcome in the spring are not good in the fall. They will not live through the
winter and will sap the bush of much needed energy.
Winter mulch should be added to
your garden after three consecutive nights of twenty-two degree weather but
before we reach single digits.
Finally, it is a good time to
assess the roses in your garden. Do you have roses that don’t produce enough
quality blooms? Would a particular rose do better in another spot? Are you just
tired of some? Would you consider shovel pruning them? Dig new holes and amend
the soil in preparation for any new spring additions if possible. It is almost
time to spend the winter googling, perusing and dreaming of new roses for next
For rose questions, contact
Rosarian in your area.
Roses in Review
Every year, the American Rose Society
conducts a survey of roses and how they grow in gardens around the
will be available sometime in October.
The book, Growing
Roses in Colorado, published
by the Denver Rose Society is a "must have" for those who want to grow beautiful
Get a glimpse
Growing Roses in Colorado.
Available at area garden retailers and gift shops. For
wholesale inquiries please contact Betty Cahill at
Retail locations that sell the