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.
- Cleared all beds of fallen leaves and debris
- Removed any dead or crossing canes
- Removed any diseased leaves
- Pruned my repeat blooming roses back by about 1/4.
- Apply mulch where needed
- 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……