Rose Garden in better days

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It has rained a lot here in North Florida and they seem to be unhealthy with few blooms. No disease is noted and just leggy. Do I just need to fertilize?
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  • Catherine Smith Catherine Smith on Sep 01, 2013
    They look very healthy, I'd suggest you fertilize as normal. Dead head what needs it and do keep an eye out for possible fungal problems, because of all the rain. That looks lovely.

  • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on Sep 01, 2013
    My "Old Blush" isn't blooming much right now but I think it's just because it's the height of the summer heat. I expect to get back to its old blooming self when the temperatures moderate a little.

  • Charlotte F Charlotte F on Sep 01, 2013
    This photo was when the bushes looked healthy, The bushes are leggy now as they have never been before. They rest and bloom usually in the heat of the summer, but I really think the water we have had has removed all the fertilizer, but I don't know for sure.

    • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on Sep 01, 2013
      @Charlotte F What type of roses are they? I wouldn't worry to much about cutting them back. I'm going to take advantage of this lull in blooming to cut back mine because they've gotten to over 6 feet high.

  • Catherine Smith Catherine Smith on Sep 01, 2013
    Please wait to do any drastic cut back right now. Even though you guys are in the "tropics", if you cut back now, you're going to encourage those rose bushes to put out new growth which is too tender to handle cold. Do some light shaping and pruning now, but do you're major cutting back in late winter or early spring.

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    • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on Sep 02, 2013
      @Catherine Smith OK, I will prune gently. Perhaps the roses you are trying to propagate are Louis Philippe?

  • Catherine Smith Catherine Smith on Sep 02, 2013
    Not sure about the variety as yet, Douglas. I want to get some pictures of the blooms and check out what's at Antique Rose Emporium and Palatines. Both are my go-to for good pictures of old varieties.

  • Charlotte F Charlotte F on Sep 02, 2013
    They are pink knock out roses.

  • Charlotte F Charlotte F on Sep 02, 2013
    knockout roses. They certainly are not as lush and full of blooms now.

    • Catherine Smith Catherine Smith on Sep 02, 2013
      @Charlotte F That's ok, the growing season is winding down. Knockouts are tough, they'll be back better than ever next spring. But you can still enjoy what you have with them right now. I like mine, but they don't have much scent. My old roses, well you can tell their roses. The Sheer Bliss is finally doing better, not quite sure what was going on, but I repotted it into a larger container. It's gorgeous and smells like heaven, but it is a white tea rose and touchy as anything around. sigh

  • Charlotte F Charlotte F on Sep 03, 2013
    Thanks to everyone for your comments.

  • Mary Laniewski Mary Laniewski on Sep 03, 2013
    I live in Texas and when my roses get to leggy I give them a prunning. I put coffee grinds in the soil and ofcource epsom salt. The heat has my pouting too. But cooler wheather is coming soon (I hope) and that is when you can see more blooms. It hasn't hurt my roses to prune through out the summer. It encourges new grouth and more blooms. This summer has been a strange one here...

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    • Catherine Smith Catherine Smith on Sep 05, 2013
      @Mary Laniewski Oh yes, VA is humid, most of the time. That's probably why we seem to have a corner on Black Spot, LOL