Middle South

June, 2003
Regional Report

Train Rose Canes

As new green canes arise from the base of climbers (and when other roses get just plain leggy), give them a trellis, post, or something else to lean on. Spiral the pliable young canes around their supporting structure to keep them from blowing about in the wind.

Clip Spotted Leaves

Visit your roses often, and take with you a small pair of scissors for clipping off leaves that show early evidence of blackspot – a common fungal disease that causes black spots with spidery edges to form on leaves. Gather up spotted leaves and put them in the garbage.

Gather Rose Blossoms

Many hybrid tea roses will continue to bloom intermittently all summer. Cut stems for vase display early in the day. Then bring them indoors and recut the ends submerged in a sink of water. Don\'t remove thorns, because roses keep longer in a vase with their thorns intact.

Collect Japanese Beetles

If Japanese beetles find your roses, collect them daily by shaking them into a jar or bowl of soapy water. Early morning is the best time. Don't put beetle traps near your roses, because the pheromones in the traps often attract beetles that would not otherwise be there.

Visit Display Gardens

Roses get better all the time, which is a good reason to visit area botanical gardens to check out new cultivars. Two red roses to watch for are 'Knock Out' and 'Traviata', which are setting new standards in resistance to blackspot.

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