Sunburned Rose Petals

Janice Kellogg rose, sunburned petalsCity of San Francisco rose, sunburned petalsGranada rose, sunburned petalsPetals of your rose plants can burn up, or just dry up like potpourri during hot days. These flowers have seen better days! Clockwise, from left to right are City of San Francisco rose, Janice Kellogg rose, and Granada rose. The first and third roses have scorched edges and actually have an interesting artistic value to them, so I’m leaving them as is for a few days. The Janice Kellogg, poor thing, has been burned up so bad that it’s like potpourri. These are otherwise healthy plants – however, I’ve read that sometimes pests may produce a similar result, so you’d want to inspect your whole plant to determine the true cause(s) of any sunburned-looking petals.

TIP: If you determine that your rose flowers are indeed just the hapless victims of intense heat, you would deadhead them just as if they had faded out naturally (see my previous post on this topic). Your rose plant, very likely, assuming routine rose care up until then, will still be healthy, waiting to produce new flowers on another day. That’s the benefit of deadheading, so no worries!

Resist the temptation of overwatering after you discover sunburned rose petals because while roses like water, they generally do not like to be in soggy soil. After deadheading, simply follow your usual watering schedule. Sunburned rose petals are a natural occurrence, but rose plants are usually strong enough to withstand the loss of a few flowers.


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