The Q&A Archives: Fall care

Question: My roses are looking rather tall and unkempt and are not blooming as fully as in spring and early summer. Should I cut them back now in preparation for blooming during the less hot (not necessarily cooler) months in fall? Should I fertilize them now or wait a bit?

Answer: Linda,

Yes mid to late August is a good time to cut roses back by about 1/3. Then fertilize them and water it in well. They'll respond with fresh new vigor and growth and you'll have a great bloom show in September and October. Just keep the foliage healthy with some periodic protective sprays if the plant is susceptible to mildew or other diseases.

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