The ideal time for winter pruning is still three weeks away and roses are still flowering gorgeously. Here are some rose care tips & tasks for June and July:
The best time to prune is during July, as the days start becoming longer. Delaying pruning until early August will slightly delay flowering in October, but it is no problem to the plant. In the extremely cold regions where frost is expected late into August, pruning may be delayed even longer. Most gardeners know when to prune from experience.
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Watering the roses from now until pruning time depends on the condition of the bushes right now. If the roses are flowering beautifully, in Durban and even in Gauteng, keep on watering.
If an automatic irrigation system includes the rose beds, especially with underplantings, keep it going.
If the roses have gone more or less dormant, with or without leaves, and with no young foliage they will survive without irrigation for a month and are happy with an enforced rest period.
June is the best time to transplant roses that are not performing well as a result of shade from nearby trees and shrubs or are simply in the wrong spot. Roses can also be repotted in June if the rose has outgrown its container or the potting mix needs to be replaced.