Roses in Late Summer
Even though it's late in the season there's still a lot of bloom left in these roses. Just look at this magnificent flower. This variety is called 'Tournament of Roses'. It's a hybrid tea rose like all of these around me and they'll flower until the first cold days of autumn if you don't give up on taking care of them.
I suppose the most important thing to remember is to give them plenty of moisture. You see inadequate watering can slow or even halt the plant's growth and bloom. So once you get the momentum going, as with these beauties, don't let up deep soaking the soil around their roots. This will promote even more glorious flowers.
Now if you've just planted some roses or simply thinking about it, you'll find that the young plants will need a little extra attention when conditions become hot and dry.
Feeding your roses is also important. As you might expect to produce so many of these large blooms takes a lot of energy. I recommend feeding at the end of each bloom cycle which is about every 4 to 5 weeks. Now you'll want to stop fertilizing about 6 weeks before the first cold snap or frost. You see you don't want them in an active growth phase when Old Man Winter finally comes.
If you live in a part of the country where cold isn't a problem, keep fertilizing them up until early October. As for food, any standard rose fertilizer will do.
From the garden, I'm Allen Smith.
P. Allen Smith Gardens
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