Fall care - Knowledgebase Question

Naples, FL
Question by lrjorgensen
August 20, 2007
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 from NGA
August 20, 2007



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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