For Your Roses
Roses are not fussy plants, but will provide bigger and more flowers if
looked after. The key tasks are feeding, dead-heading, weeding and
early April in cold areas.
mid April in cold areas.
early June in cold areas.
to end of flowering
not dead head if you want rose hips.
notes below for roses to water.
The best method of feeding is to use a fertiliser designed for roses
such as 'TopRose', however, any general purpose fertiliser will do the job.
Feed as the leaves begin to form.
TopRose is being used, sprinkle about 4oz per square metre,
lightly working it into the soil surface. A couple of handfuls
of Growmore or similar will help if no rose feed is available.
March, but use half the amount. Water after feeding if
the weather is dry.
not feed after
- this will only encourage leaf growth at
the expense of flowers.
Dead-heading is simply removing dead flowers at regular intervals. This
encourages the growth of more flowers later in the season. The flowers
can be pinched off with your fingers or a pair of secateurs.
floribundas, where several flowers are produced on each stem, cut the
stem, just below the truss of flowers.
WEEDING AND MULCHING
Roses have long tap roots to anchor them into the soil, but they
gain most of their food from their near-surface root system. It's
therefore important to keep the weeds under control. Mulching with
well-rotted organic material does this job well and also provides a slow
feed of nutrients.
The best time to mulch is late Spring - the soil is moist but at the
same time is warming up.
If weeding is required, don't dig around the plants - weed by hand or on
the surface with a hoe.
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