Rose CareWhere to plant
Roses love a sunny place in your garden. Avoid positions where there is competition from trees or other plants. Do not plant where other roses have been growing. If this is not possible, replace soil (one wheelbarrow) with fresh soil.
HOW TO PLANT
v Soil Preparation: Dig thoroughly, incorporating old farmyard manure or compost. This should be done four to six weeks before planting.
v Timing: Potted roses can be planted all year round, keep them well watered after planting. Bare-rooted roses must be planted in winter. After receiving bare-rooted roses, keep them moist at all times. Plant the roses as soon as possible. If you are not able to plant them straight away, keep them wet in a cool, draughtless place or heel them in.
v Planting: Dig a hole, large enough to hold the roots. The union between roots and branches should be just at soil level. Half fill the hole, working the soil between the roots. Take half a bucket of water and tip it into the hole (this only applies when the soil is dry). Then fill the hole completely and firm the soil lightly with the sole of the boot. Do not feed the newly planted roses until late spring.
FERTILISING AND WATERING
v Watering: Water roses deeply to encourage roots to grow deep into the soil, to help your roses withstand periods of dryness. Add a mulch in spring and summer, this will help conserve water, protect roots from temperature extremes and discourage weeds. Keep mulches away from the stems to prevent burning and bark disease.
v Fertilising: A regular application of Rose Fertiliser will keep roses growing vigorously and encourage the best flowering. You could also apply liquid fertiliser mixed in with your spray.
Encourage further flowering by deadheading. Remove spent flowers as they start to drop their petals. When the whole head has finished flowering, cut back to an outward facing leaf with five leaflets.
HEALTHY ROSE SPRAY PROGRAM
v From spring to autumn: A regular spray program can prevent pests and diseases. Use a combination spray, available from garden centres. Alternatively use a specialised spray for a specific problem ( consult your local garden centre ).
v Winter: Apply a winter clean up spray to get rid of overwintering fungal spores and eggs of aphids, scales insects and mites. Gather and burn fallen leaves before spraying.