FERTILIZING ROSES: THE BASICS AND TIMING
“For everything there is a season ..."
... and for fertilizing roses in the upper plains of South Dakota September 1 means: STOP. Use Labor Day as a target for a reminder--Let those precious plants slow down and get ready for winter.
So much for stopping—this article is intended to discuss the basics of fertilizer and fertilizing rose bushes. Roses are heavy feeders. They can survive without being fertilized but they will struggle. To perform their best, roses need a continuous source of nutrients during the growing season not only to provide lush blooms, but to fend off insects and disease.
So, what do we need to know to keep our babies healthy and productive? SEE THE FULL ARTICLE
From Rosarian Marilyn Maloney
WHAT TIME OF YEAR DO ROSES LOOK THEIR BEST?
June is the month that we get to see the first flush of rose blooms and it is usually the biggest and best flush.
Depending on the amount of rain received, and other things such as heat and humidity, roses may put on another show in other summer months - but it’s usually not as glorious as the June flush.
Keep Them Blooming
Most roses will continue with light to moderate blooming well into fall if they are consistently dead headed and watered well. Deadheading is the removal of spent blossoms thus preventing the hips or seed pods from growing.
When to Plant for Best Blooms
Early May is the time to plant bare root roses. If you are planting roses purchased in containers, late May and June are ideal. If you haven't planted containers by August 1, it is best to wait for next year to plant them.
From Rosarians Chris Larson and Lori Unterseher
HYBRID TEA ROSE SURVIVES DESPITE WINTER CHALLENGES: A SUCCESS STORY
'Love at First Sight' is Disease-Resistant
"Love at First Sight" is a hybrid tea rose released in 2020.
This one was acquired through the North Central District of the American Rose Society. Research shows this disease-resistant hybrid tea was developed by Bedard for Weeks Nursery.
Surviving Winter's Vagaries
Rather than risk losing this bush to our Zone 3b winter, it was potted for the patio for summer 2020 with the intent of overwintering in our garage. After a summer of prolific blooming, it went dormant and was garaged, only to break dormancy during Aberdeen's heat wave of October/November. Rather than strip the leaves and try to reintoduce dormancy, I opted to bring it into the house and nurse it through to another spring/summer on the patio. So far so good.
A Fresh Bloom in February
In February, it produced this bloom, and recently survived an attack of spider mites, refoliating itself after being heavily sprayed down with a Dawn soap bath.
Petals of this bicolor beauty are red on top and deep pink, fading to a white underside as the bloom opens. It has a 5- by-3-foot spread, with a mild, fruity fragrance. It can be hardy from zones 4 or 5 to Zone 10. The blooms on this newbie are on long, slender stems and are smaller and more rounded than older varieties of teas. This appears to be an up-and-coming trait being developed in the industry.
From Rosarian Marilyn Maloney