Roses - The Queen of Flowers
The colour, fragrance and formation of the rose is unbeatable.
With a little bit of care and attention you can grow your own beautiful bouquet of roses
With hundreds of roses available today, and new varieties being released every year it is important to understand the categories they are divided into in order to select the best rose for your garden.
When to plant
The main rose planting season is winter when the plants are dormant. However roses can be planted right through spring into summer. New seasons roses are arrive Queens Birthday every year.
Where to plant
Roses prefer a sunny position with a slight breeze but not a strong wind.
How to plant
Dig a hole which is twice as wide as the pot the rose is in and a little deeper. Place a handful of sheep pellets in the hole. Sheep pellets help to condition the soil and get the rose off to a good start. Plant the rose, firm the soil down and water in well. Ensure that all standard roses are staked at planting time.
Roses require a regular spray program to stay lush and healthy. Follow the spray program below to prevent pests and diseases from attacking your roses.
When in leaf, do not spray in the heat of the day as leaves may scorch. Always spray on still days.
Keeping the plant strong and healthy will help it to ward off pests and diseases. When watering make sure the ground is watered and not the foliage to stop the spread of moisture which is how black spot spreads. Pick up and burn leaves as they fall to prevent the spread of pests and diseases. Mulch around the plant to help conserve moisture but keep clear of the stem.
Dead heading the rose bush will help to promote continuous flowering.