>Summer Rose Care In The Deep South


Summer is upon us and it’s time to consider how we care for our roses during the hot steamy months of summer in the deep south.
By now, many of us are past our first and some past the second flush of blooms for the season. Make sure you are deadheading your roses regularly to make way for new growth and blooms.
Many of us rarely get the correct amount of rain for growing roses. Roses need about an inch or so or water per week to continue growing and blooming. Watering from the bottom of the plant is best, as the water on the foliage can set you up for fungal disease. Roses like people, require water to survive, make sure they are getting enough.

As the humidity rises, so does the instance of blackspot and other fungal diseases. A good spray every 10 days or so will keep these diseases at bay. I alternate Manzoceb and Ortho.
Be sure to remove any infected leaves. The key here is to be proactive. My grandmother told me once, “honey, it’s better to prepare and prevent than to repair and repent”. The same rule applies here, spray often, remove infected leaves, move on! note: I only spray for pests when I see them..

Part of the joy of growing roses is being able to enjoy them. I hope you are cutting blooms for your home and for those around you. I am a person who would cut nearly every bloom I grow to bring in doors and to give away to people. I try to never underestimate the power of a rose. So many suffer from loneliness, so many sick and many just need a little pick-me-up. A fresh rose will do it every time! In fact, I dare you to cut a bouquet of whatever flowers you grow and give it away to someone. I would love to hear what happens…..

About Chris VanCleave - America's Favorite Rose Gardener

Christopher R. VanCleave – America’s Favorite Rose Gardener Nicknamed "The Redneck Rosarian”, Chris VanCleave is passionate about gardening and growing roses. He is an active member of the Birmingham chapter of the American Rose Society, serving two terms as President. In 2007, he created the Rose Chat Podcast which has reached over a half a million listeners with news and information on growing on growing the world’s most beloved flower, the rose. He was a contributor to the 2015 Southern Living Gardening Book, has appeared on P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home television show and was featured in the June 2015 issue of Southern Living Magazine. Locally, Chris serves as Chairman of the Helena Alabama Beautification Board where he has spearheaded efforts to create a sustainable landscape in one of the top one hundred places to live in the United States. His writing is seen at About.com and on his popular website; RedneckRosarian.com, where he chronicles his gardening adventures and explores an intrinsic mix of life, faith and gardening. An agent of change with over 20 years’ experience in process innovation, Mr. VanCleave is leading the charge to reinvigorate horticultural societies and helping them to reach their full potential in the social media age.
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2 Responses to >Summer Rose Care In The Deep South

  1. Laura says:

    >Second wave of blooms?! I'm only half way through the first wave. Even that seems stunted what with our recent October-ish weather. I'm a little jealous of the picture of your sun drenched car. Sunny days……Great rose care tips!


  2. >Our roses are budding and blooming we are lucky that they take very little care but give us big beautiful lush blooms year round.


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