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Zones and some of Zone 7 should follow these additional fall.

Since the USDA zone info for Safety Harbor is an average our actual date of last frost can change quite a bit from year to year. Since half of the time in Safety Harbor last frost occurs after January 31 be ready to cover your roses in the event of a late frost. USDA Zone Info for Safety Harbor. Here is the info for USDA Zone 10a. Fall is the season to clean up rose beds and remove diseased foliage.

In general, roses are pruned in spring after the last frost. Follow the old saying: when the forsythia blooms, it’s time to prune roses. Preparing roses for winter begins up to six weeks before the first frost, when you stop fertilizing roses. Prune off overgrowth on climbing roses and tie securely to structures to prevent top-heavy canes from breaking in the wind. Top off taller hybrid teas or shrub roses at 4 to 5 feet to reduce wind throw risk.

In colder climates, the combination of rocking in the wind with freeze/thaw cycles can uproot the rose. October will be the last time to fertilize your roses for the fall growing season. Use fertilizer that is especially formulated for roses. You can alternate with fish emulsion.

A dose of iron, zinc, Epsom salts and SUPERthrive applied at the beginning of October will do wonders. Water your roses thoroughly before and after fertilizing. Fall Care: October and November Depending on where you live and how soon fall and winter come, you'll want to start protecting your roses for the winter during the fall months. Once you have had a few good frosts, leaves will start falling. Apply a dormant spray such as lime sulfur and/or spray oil.

Follow these basic rose care & maintenance steps: Watering your roses regularly. The rule of thumb for watering roses is to make sure roses get about 2 inches a week. Deep soakings are much better than frequent, shallow watering. Set the hose at the foot of the rose and let water trickle in.

Planting & Caring. Please use our care guide below to plant, prune, and take care of your roses! Please watch our Early Spring Pruning Video Below to a brief demonstration on how to hard prune in February/March for roses that have been in the ground 1 year +. Jul 01, When growing roses, it’s important to choose a site receiving at least six hours of sun each day.

Rose bushes must also be located in well-drained, fertile soil. Plant dormant roses in early spring (or fall). Potted plants can be planted any time between spring and fall, but preferably spring.

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