Photo Courtesy of Carol Sharpe
November in the Garretts' Garden
is typically a transitional time for rosarians and their roses.
Many rosarians figure the season is over and simply let the garden go.
We strongly urge you to continue maintaining and enjoying your garden.
October weather was much hotter than usual with little to no rain until
the end of the month. Our roses are
still blooming well as we are seeing some really nice sized blooms with rich
colors. Until we have sustained cold
weather, the roses should continue blooming.
With any luck, we should even have a few roses for the Thanksgiving
the temperatures begin to be consistently lower, the plants will realize that
the end of the season is near. Until
then, let’s enjoy the rose season that we have left.
The blooms are large and the colors are rich.
rain that welcomed November will surely bring some weeds to the rose beds.
If possible, take advantage of the nice days and spend a little time and
effort out in your garden doing a little weeding.
If left unchecked, weeds will absolutely take over your garden.
If you don’t address them now you will have a major task waiting on you
come next spring. Once you get your
beds weeded, you might want to consider applying a pre-emergent, such as Preen
in your rose beds. Another
suggestion is to apply some mulch. If
you do apply mulch, make sure you get it thick enough to keep the weed seeds
from germinating. Wouldn’t it be
great to have essentially weed free beds next spring when you begin your annual
continues to be very important that you maintain your spray program, primarily
focusing on disease prevention. Black
spot is just waiting for an opportunity to invade your garden and weaken your
plants. There is perhaps no more
important thing you can do to prepare your roses for winter than keep black spot
from getting into your rose garden. It
will weaken the plants and make them more susceptible to winter damage.
Powdery mildew loves warm days and cool nights.
Contrary to popular belief, it really does not like rain, which tends to
wash the spores away. Both of these
diseases can be controlled with a regular and routine spray program using
products found on our spray charts published elsewhere on this web site.
As always, remember to read and follow the directions on the labels of
any chemicals you are using. Make
it a priority to keep your roses healthy so they can withstand anything that
mother nature might have in store for them this winter.
is still time to check your pH and make necessary adjustments. If some of
your roses are not performing up to par, there is a good possibility that your
pH is out of balance. Roses like a
slightly acid pH, in the 6.2 to 6.5 range. Soil
that is too acid will prevent the plant from being able to utilize the available
nutrients. Thus, if your pH is low,
which is not uncommon for our area, your fertilization program may not be
working as expected. Getting your pH
adjusted now will enable your plants to be ready when next spring arrives.
keep your garden clean and neat, it is a good idea to either cut the spent
blooms or remove the petals by simply pulling them off, leaving the hips to
month we’ll apply our winter protection.
you have not already done so, be sure and take stock of the roses in your
garden. If you have some that you
are planning to replace, go ahead and dig them up now.
This gives you an opportunity to add any necessary soil amendments to the
planting area so it will be ready for new roses when spring arrives.
Thanksgiving and remember to cut a bouquet for the table!