Hot Weather Tips

In watching the Weather Channel this morning I see most of the country is gong to be HOT this week.  Even up into the hundreds in places where that rarely happens.  During heat like this there are a few things you can do for your roses they will appreciate.

Water.  I know this seems like a no-brainer but we forget sometimes to perhaps water a little more during the heat.  Particularly if it involves a garden hose where we are the ones standing out there doing the watering!

But should we automatically start watering more during heat?  Not necessarily so.  Don’t assume your roses need more water, because some things might actually mean less watering is in order.  High humidity is one.  The roses will bring in some moisture through their leaves if the humidity is up there to steam room like levels.  So more water to their roots might be overkill.

Roses also shut down when it gets real hot.  It’s a self defense mechanism they use to get through both hot and drier spells.  Shutting down means they don’t need as much food and water to survive.  It’s actually very similar to their winter dormant period.

The best thing to do is keep an eye on your roses.  If they look a little droopy then hit them with some more water.  If they aren’t droopy leave them alone.

Don’t worry if you see a few more yellow leaves than normal during hot weather.  Plants lose moisture through their leaves if the humidity isn’t high, and shedding a few leaves simply means less moisture is lost.

And lastly give your roses a bath with overhead watering to wash the leaves and cool them down.  I know, I know, every book says not to do this.  When encountered with this logic I always respond by asking, “What do you do when it rains?  Go outside and stand over them with an umbrella?

I figure if Mother Nature thinks it’s okay to overhead water roses then who am I to say it isn’t.

And remember to water yourself too!

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