Late Summer Rose Chores

From October 2009 Flush Of Bloom

With summer winding down my thoughts turn to Autumn and our final flush of blooms of the year. Living in zone 7b, we have a big flush of blooms in October. This year, I have suggested that the Rose Society seize this opportunity to host an “unofficial” rose show. An exhibition of roses, if you will.  Not a judged show, like we have in May.  This will give folks an opportunity to show their blooms and answer questions in a non-judgmental atmosphere.

So, I spent the weekend prepping my roses for the fall bloom cycle.

  1. Cleared all beds of fallen leaves and debris
  2. Removed any dead or crossing canes
  3. Removed any diseased leaves
  4. Pruned my repeat blooming roses back by about 1/4.
  5. Apply mulch where needed
  6. Fed all roses with composted cow manure. I use Haven Brand MooPoo compost tea. This will be my final application of fertilizer for the year. After the fall flush of blooms, the roses need to prepare to rest for the winter months. If you continue to feed them, you will get new growth which cannot withstand cold temps.

 Now I can sit back and await the fall flush of blooms! My fall blooms are the most vibrant of all my bloom cycles. It is a much anticipated event in these parts……

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 and on his popular website;, 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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3 Responses to Late Summer Rose Chores

  1. Holley says:

    Great idea about having an unofficial show. Should really wow newcomers.


  2. Susan Hemann says:

    No not the end of summer!!!


  3. Teresa says:

    We don’t quite get the flush you describe, but I can tell you that this time of year every bloom is special to me … I know what’s coming. What a great idea it was to have another flower show!


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