Roses are perhaps the most famous flowers, and make a dramatic and beautiful addition to any garden. If you’ve already read our Roses 101 and taken the plunge with your own roses, your next step is to follow the Rose Spraying Program we’ve developed here at Autumn Hill Nursery.
First, the basics:
- Begin spraying in late February of every year
- Spray every 12-14 days
- Water first, then spray!
- In the spring and summer, spray before 11:00 am or after 6:00 pm
- Never spray on windy days, or when the temperature is over 85
- Never use the same sprayer for weed-killer and any other compounds
This program means you’ll primarily spray for fungus, only treating for pests if they become a problem. Depending on what you’re spraying for, you’ll need to mix chemicals in water in a specific order; check the program for more details.
Remember that when it comes to preventing problems in your roses, maintenance is key. That means watering, fertilizing, pruning, mulching, and soil, as well as general tidiness.
- Keep flower beds clean–remove weeds, debris, etc. on a daily basis
- While tidying, inspect roses for signs of disease, stress, or harmful bugs
- Water thoroughly, nine to eleven gallons per week
- keep three inches of mulch on your roses consistently
- If you find a disease that is carried in the soil, remove the plant and the soil as quickly as possible
Following this plan will help protect your roses against pests, fungus, and disease. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact Autumn Hill Nursery in Woodstock, GA. With a little effort, your roses can be your pride and joy!