The secrets to growing healthy/beautiful roses in the summer

Warren Oberholser
Warren Oberholser
Published on June 10, 2021

Hi, I’m Warren Oberholser. I’m a realtor in the East Bay Tri-Valley area in Northern California. My goal is to help both buyers and sellers get maximum results for one of their biggest investments, their home.

Are your roses dying?

Are your roses dying? In this BLOG, I’m going to discuss what you can do to help your roses look great for the summer!

Okay, let me get this out in the open, roses are not as difficult to grow as many beginning gardeners assume. The key to growing better roses summer is to choose a variety of roses that do well in your climate.

Keep in mind that some roses are more tolerant of cold weather while others can handle the heat better. AND…there are a few varieties that can tolerate shade.(floribundas in pastel colors is an example).

The most challenging time of the year for roses is in the heat of summer. Knowing how to care for them during this period will keep them gorgeous and healthy all year round.

Keep the soil insulated

Mulch is like a wonder drug in the landscape. Spread a 3-inch layer of it around the rose (keep it from touching the plant to avoid rot) and you’ll not only insulate the roots from heat but conserve soil moisture as well.

“Mulch will keep the roots 10 to 15 degrees cooler than the air temperature,” claims rosarian Leonard Trubisky.

How much water should you give your roses during the summer?

The biggest favor you can do for your roses is to water them deeply. Water them deeply and keep the water off the foliage to avoid mildew.

To determine how much you should water, take a 30-inch rebar stick and insert it into the soil. When you hit dry soil (you’ll know because it will become more difficult to push the rod into the soil), pull it out and measure how far it went down. If it’s less than two feet, keep watering and measuring until you hit that depth, then do not water again until the top two inches of soil are dry.

Then, do not water again until the top two inches of soil are dry. It is critical that you neither over-or under-water the roses during the heat of summer.

Get rid of faded blooms. Certain roses don’t require deadheading.

Okay, what is a deadheading? This is the removal of the dead or faded rose blooms.

This needs to be performed so the plant will continue to bloom. A type of rose plant that does not need self-cleaning of the dead or faded roses is the knockout family. If you need to deadhead, do a consistently throughout the summer. Cut the stem of the faded flower back to the cluster of five leaves, making the cut so that the cluster remains on the plant. Choose a cluster that’s facing the direction you want the stem to grow.

Fertilizing roses in the summer.

As you probably know, heat and fertilizer don’t mix. In fact, you’ll most likely burn your rosebush if you fertilize during the middle of a hot day. Since many rows experts suggest that the end of July should be the final fertilization for the year, many gardeners run into trouble being that it is so hot in July. If this is the case for you, apply the fertilizer to your roses before the weather heats up, so it could be early in the morning or in the evening. Also, use half the amount of fertilizer you normally would.

A type of fertilizer that’s suitable for roses is:

  • 10-10-10-10, or
  • 5-10-5 general-purpose fertilizer

Never apply the fertilizer to dry soil and thoroughly water the soil around the roses after they have been fertilized.

This is basic summer rose-growing advice and if you need more information, turn to the experts of the American Rose Society.

I hope you found some helpful tips here and your roses look great for the summer.

I hope you enjoyed this article. Please let me know if you have any questions. Warren

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Hello…I work with both buyers and sellers in the Tri-Valley area of Northern California. The Tri-Valley is comprised of 6 cities: Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin, San Ramon, Danville, and Alamo. To better understand what each city has to offer, I have created a Pros and Cons video and BLOG for each – (Pros & Cons for Pleasanton, Pros & Cons for Livermore, Pros & Cons for Dublin, Pros & Cons for San Ramon, Pros & Cons for Danville and Pros & Cons for Alamo). If you are thinking about purchasing or selling a home, please reach out to me by text, phone, or email. If it is convenient, I can schedule a Zoom chat so we can discuss your home goals. Wishing you all the best on your home journey. Cheers!

Warren Oberholser

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