Great time for roses

Fall rose blooms are saturated with color and they are bigger and full of petals.  In our climate we can enjoy blooms through Thanksgiving.   If you spray fungicides, don’t give up on your spray program just yet.  Black spot weakens rose bushes.  Healthy leaves make the food (starch) that is stored and used by the bush to emerge in the spring.  After several years roses that have lost their all their leaves from black spot will perish during winter.  Don’t do any heavy pruning now, wait till late January for shrubs and mid-February/March for hybrid teas, grandifloras and floribundas.

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