Heat, Drought and Roses
R. M. Hatton
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.
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.
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
risers will be able to enjoy nice blooms during July
by cutting unprotected buds before the beetles become
active in the morning.
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.
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.
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
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.
is, therefore, best to let pruning of all large flowered
Climbers wait until spring.
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