Heat, Drought and Roses

Heat, Drought and Roses

By

R. M. Hatton

Just

what we will get from our Roses during the trying month

of July will depend on how the beds were prepared before

planting, and whether the plants have been kept free

from disease and kept well fed and watered up to date.

If

the plants are healthy and the weather is hot and dry,

there will be little need to spray or dust against diseases

during the month, but if the Roses are in Japanese beetle

zone, the foliage must be protected against the ravages

of this pest. Luckily there are now several beetle repellents

available which hardly show on the leaves, and beetles

will not eat foliage protected with them.

Blooms

and beetles. Protecting the blooms is another problem.

One can either hand pick the beetles, which is almost

a continuous task during beetle time, or better, cover

the buds with cheese cloth or waxed paper bags, and

cut the protected blooms when they are sufficiently

developed.

Early

risers will be able to enjoy nice blooms during July

by cutting unprotected buds before the beetles become

active in the morning.

Apply

balanced plant food, early this month and be sure the

plants are kept well watered all during the hot season.

Never apply chemical fertilizers when the soil is dust

dry. If the soil is very dry, water thoroughly, then

allow the earth to dry out enough to become workable

before feeding the plants with chemicals.

Summer

mulches. Mulching during the hottest weather prevents

too quick drying out of the beds, and a dust mulch may

be maintained by careful cultivation. Many gardeners

prefer to mulch the beds with peat moss or grass clippings

and do away with cultivating.

Canes

of Ramblers (not climbers) which have finished

blooming this month should be cut off at the ground

just as soon as bloom is over, providing there is a

supply of new canes coming along for next year’s bloom.

The sooner these bloomed out canes are removed, the

better will be next year’s display. This removal of

old Rambler canes is about the only pruning work required

in July.

Climbers

left unpruned. There are a number of the large flowered

Climbing Roses which will bloom again if kept well fed

and watered right through the season. Most so-called

Everblooming Climbers do their re-blooming on subIaterals

put out just under the previous bloom, so be very careful

to retain all of the first bloom laterals; merely pinch,

or cut off, the calices of the dead flowers.

It

is, therefore, best to let pruning of all large flowered

Climbers wait until spring.

A

few Ramblers bear attractive seed pods if not summer

pruned. One of the best is Bloomfield Courage, which

holds its great crop of bright red berries well into

winter, and is a beautiful picture after the foliage

has fallen.

 


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