Caring For Roses In August

With the approach of autumn, it is necessary to begin preparing roses for wintering. There are several important points, remembering which and applying knowledge in practice, you will help your pets tune in to the end of the active season.

Watering

If you live in a hot, dry climate and regularly moisten the ground under your roses, then at the end of summer the time intervals between watering should be made longer. Optimally — no more than 2 times a week. If the rose is watered abundantly, it will continue to grow young greens that will not have time to ripen. This will negatively affect the ability of the plant to tolerate the cold well.

Removal of overgrowth and wilted flowers

Starting from the middle of summer, it is necessary to remove the newly growing shoots. If done correctly, the rose will not waste energy on feeding new shoots, but will store all the necessary elements in the ripening branches. Young shoots left in winter will not be able to survive the cold, but they will become excellent food for pathogens. This can lead to infection of the entire bush.

The same applies to fading flowers — they need to be pruned. This will be a good prevention of diseases of roses and the reproduction of pests on them. Withering flowers often become an ideal place for a spider mite to live, so everything cut needs to be burned.

Caring For Roses In August

Autumn feeding regime

At the end of the season, it is necessary to cancel fertilizing with nitrogen-containing, including organic fertilizers. During this period, it’s time to apply superphosphate diluted in water. To do this, take 1 tablespoon of dry fertilizer, dissolve in 1 liter of hot water, bring the volume of liquid to 10 liters of cold water and water the roses. Also at this time it is good to feed your beauties with potassium sulfate, which contributes to the maturation of the bush.

Prophylactic treatments

Preventive treatments for diseases with microbiological and chemical preparations will support the health of roses and help them prepare for winter. Such agents as biofungicide, fungicide and systemic insecticide have proven themselves perfectly. At this time, the most dangerous pest can be considered a spider mite!

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