Lower South

October, 2003
Regional Report

Build Better Beds

A plant is only as strong and healthy as the soil allows. Mix plenty of coarse compost into your existing soil and build up a slightly raised planting area. This will facilitate drainage during wet periods and provide an optimum environment for roots to thrive.

Fertilize Roses to Maintain Good Health

Roses expend a lot of energy blooming. Feed your plants with a moderate application of a complete plant food in early fall to support good health and vigor. This supports rebloom and sends the plants into winter dormancy in prime condition.

Don't Wait Until Spring to Plant Roses

Our southern winters are very mild. The roots of fall-planted roses will continue to grow, giving those plants a head start on spring. Wait until late winter for bare-root plants, but fall is fine for planting container-grown roses.

Promote Blooming By Protecting Foliage

Continue to protect your roses from pests and diseases as we enter the fall season. This will insure good carbohydrate production, which promotes good bloom and good plant health going into winter.

Take A Rose Tour

Now that roses are blooming up a storm again, take a drive around to scope out the beautiful flowers. Public gardens and nurseries are great places to get a sneak peek at varieties and find a few you just can't live without. Visiting gardens also is a good way to get some ideas for using roses in the landscape.

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