Rose Care FUNdamentals for October 2020

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Frank Brines, ARS Master Consulting Rosarian The latest weather report verifies what gardeners suspected: August 2020 was the hottest August on record. We also experienced many 90+ degree days in September. Many areas recorded consecutive days of triple-digit temperatures. These temperatures are way out of the average and made it difficult to adhere to the “normal” schedule of garden activities. October promises to be unsettled too. Beginning with prediction of triple-digit temperatures accompanied by Santa Ana winds, with a slight cooling trend midmonth, and ending with “unseasonably” high temperatures again. Midseason pruning and fertilizing must be carefully coordinated with weather conditions. When temperatures are in the 90-100s range take care to not remove too much
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