Consulting Rosarian Tips for August:
is important to monitor the moisture level in your soil to ensure the soil
around your roses doesn’t dry out. Deep water your roses at least twice a week
depending on rain conditions and temperatures. Make sure your roses are
surrounded with 2" to 4" of mulch to keep the soil cool and moist.
Now is the time to be thinking of your last
application of fertilizer. The last application needs to be done by August 15th.
Deep water your roses before and after applying fertilizer. The last application
is very important as it will help your roses withstand the unpredictable
Be on the lookout for powdery mildew.
Identifying this problem early can save your roses from serious damage. Remove
and destroy infected vegetation.
Aphids can also be a problem as the season
progresses. Remove by hand or apply a strong spray of water. Once the aphid has
been knocked off the plant, it cannot get back on. Insecticidal soap spray can
also be very effective.
For rose questions, contact
Rosarian in your area.
The book, Growing
Roses in Colorado, published
by the Denver Rose Society is a "must have" for those who want to grow beautiful
Get a glimpse
inside Growing Roses in Colorado.
Available at area garden retailers and gift shops. For
wholesale inquiries please contact Betty Cahill at
Retail locations that sell the
Roses in Review
Every year, the American Rose
Society conducts a review of roses. You can provide your input even if you
are not an ARS member. Go to the
ARS Roses in Review website before September
Read about our member Joan Franson
This article, written by Susan
Clotfelter, was printed in the February 15th, 2014 edition of
The Denver Post.