Posted by Witherspoon Rose Culture on Jun 23rd 2017
July is usually the month where most rose gardens go downhill. This happens because gardeners are thinking about vacations, the awful heat, and are not willing to step outside to do a little tending to their garden. If you can make an effort to keep your roses looking good through this part of the summer, you will be rewarded when the weather begins to break toward the Fall. Other than lack of attention, there are a few other topics to pay attention to in your rose garden during the heat of the summer.
A big issue during July is the possibility of spider mite damage to rose bushes. The two spotted spider mite is the main culprit for damage to roses here in NC. Not much bigger than a grain of sand, these critters suck the juices out of the cells on the undersides of the rose leaf. They are not affected by most insecticides, in fact their populations usually grow with the application of most insecticides. Their natural enemy is water, which is one reason they love colonizing the undersides of the leaf. They will form thick webs under rose leaves and to the naked eye, the bottom of the leaf will look like sandpaper, or like it has been sprinkled with salt and pepper. The top of the leaf usually shows yellowing between the veins. As stated above, water is one of the most effective miticides. Blasting the undercarriage of your plants with a forceful fow of water will knock spider mites off the plants, disrupt their colonies, remove their eggs and interrupt their life cycle. This must be done 2-3 times per week and when infested, bushes must be hosed twice per day. If there is not time in your schedule to hose the undersides of your plants, miticides are the next best thing. Natural miticides like Neem Oil, Insecticidal soap, and various plant oils such as clove oil work very well, but they must be applied early in the morning and the garden must be well irrigated. They tend to be stressful to the leaves and may burn if sprayed on a dry garden at the temperature above 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Synthetic miticides, like Avid or abamectin, are effective on small populations of mites, but need to be applied every 3-5 days and are only mildly effective on severe infestations. Some synthetic miticides also kill predatory insects that might be helping to lower the population of pest mites in your garden.
Beetles... Beetles... Everywhere... What Am I To Do? There’s nothing like a leisurely walk through a rose garden in full bloom. Vivid colors and a sweet rose fragrance beckon you into a garden alive with romance and Japanese beetles…WAIT! WHAT? There are few things that will frustrate the home rosarian more than Japanese beetles. So what are we [...]
Roses will begin to bloom in May and gardens will need to be deadheaded after the blooms are spent in order to promote more blooms throughout the season. So get out those pruners out and let's talk about deadheading and cutting blooms for the kitchen table!Why Should I Deadhead? To promote new growth and new flower [...]
Stop by Cotswald Shopping center and visit our express location! Open Tuesday - Saturday 9am-5pmClick Address for Directions:Cotswold Village282 South Sharon Amity Road Charlotte, NC 28211
April 22nd is the last day to order bareroot roses from Witherspoon for shipping! If you are local, stop by any of our garden shop locations to pick up potted roses now through October. Durham Garden Shop 4800 Garrett RdDurham, NC 27707 HoursMonday-Saturday: 9am-5pmSunday: CLOSED Email: GardenShop@WitherspoonRose.comCall: 800-643-0315 Charlotte Garden Shop 4401 Shopton RoadCharlotte, NC 28217 HoursMonday-Saturday: 9am-5pmSunday: CLOSED Email: CharlotteRetail@WitherspoonRose.comCall: 800-643-0315
Potted roses will be available for pick-up at both of our Garden Shop locations starting April 15th and our Express location in Cotswald Shopping Center in Charlotte starting April 18th. Check out these photos of what's blooming right now!
Spray ProgramIt's time to begin a spray program for the growing season! Now that your plants are coming out of dormancy and even pushing out some leaves, its time to unmound the plants and start the preventative spray program. Unmounding the plants after the danger of frost has passed, which is around April 15 in NC, [...]
A Jumpstart for Your RosesFertilizing and Weed ControlWhen it is time to wake up your roses in spring, nothing does the job like a good shot of nutrients. Roses are heavy feeders and they need a good fertilizer to help them break dormancy and sustain healthy growth throughout the growing season. Nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium (NPK) [...]
Are You Ready for Pruning Season? February is the time to prune rose bushes. Pruning a rose bush prepares it for the next growing season by focusing the plant's energy into the strongest canes. By cutting out the diseased, dead, or weak canes, you are giving the rose bush a healthy foundation for new growth. Make [...]
Applying dormant spray is one of the best things you can do for your rose bushes during winter. We recommend using a Dormant Spray Oil mixed with a Contact Fungicide.Why Use Dormant Spray? It is a desiccant that will dry up the remaining leave on your bushes. This is especially helpful in climates that have warm [...]