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All Shades of Green—-A Plant Perspective


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Roses—What to do in Fall

The following rose care calendar is from the book Growing Roses Organically by Barbara Wilde.  These suggestions are for zones 7 and 8.  Autumn is a great time for roses.  We are still enjoying an abundance of blooms from those hybrid teas and floribundas and hopefully the summer sun has slowed down the spread of black spot.  The plants need to start preparing for dormancy to survive the winter, so cut down on cutting as tender new growth is the first to be damaged in those early autumn frosts.

September:  Give roses a kelp foliar feeding midmonth, monitor water needs, order new roses.
October: Prepare new beds.
November:  Prepare new beds, plant new bareroot roses, trim any long canes that may whip in wind, make sure all climbers are securely tied to supports, rake up and dispose of all rose debris, check to make sure all graft unions are well covered, renew mulch.

Chicago Peace Hybrid Tea Rose

Chicago Peace Hybrid Tea Rose


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Roses—What to do in Summer

The following rose care calendar is from the book Growing Roses Organically by Barbara Wilde.  These suggestions are for zones 7 and 8.

June:  Monitor water needs, especially of plants in bloom, gather roses for drying and culinary use, deadhead repeat bloomers promptly, eliminate new rootstock suckers, prune once-flowering roses immediately after bloom, treat for insects and diseases if necessary, train new shoots on climbers horizontally.
July: Monitor water needs, check irrigation frequency, continue deadheading repeat bloomers, treat for insects and diseases if necessary.
August: Monitor water needs, stop deadheading hip-producing repeat-bloomers so they can form hips for fall, continue deadheading other repeat bloomers, treat for insects and diseases if necessary.

Iceberg Floribunda Rose

Iceberg Floribunda Rose


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Roses—What to do in Spring

The following rose care calendar is from the book Growing Roses Organically by Barbara Wilde.  These suggestions are for zones 7 and 8.  Spring is a great time for roses!

March:  Finish planting bareroot roses early in month, finish winter pruning early in month, check irrigation systems, sow annuals to attract beneficial insects.
April: Plant containerized roses.
May: Release beneficial insects if necessary, plant containerized roses, gather roses for drying and culinary use, begin deadheading repeat bloomers, begin monitoring for diseases and insects, monitor water needs–especially of new plantings and plants in bloom.

Gene Boerner Floribunda Rose

Gene Boerner Floribunda Rose


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Roses—What to do in Winter

The following rose care calendar is from the book Growing Roses Organically by Barbara Wilde.  These are the suggestions for zones 7-8.

December:  Plant new bareroot roses.
January: Prepare new beds, continue planting bareroot roses, prune and train established roses, clean up and dispose of rose debris, spray dormant oil if you had high numbers of mites and scale last season.
February: Prune and train established roses, prepare new beds, plant bareroot roses, apply compost, renew mulch.

rose in winter

Julia Child Floribunda Rose in Winter

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