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Know your roses

21st September 2015



A garden simply isn’t complete without a few rose bushes. Here are some tips to ensure that your roses flower all the way from spring until autumn.

Choose the right roses – When buying roses, opt for classic varieties from the World Roses Hall of Fame, such as Peace, Queen Elizabeth, Iceberg, Double Delight and Just Joey. For the full list of Hall of Fame Roses, click here. Alternatively, choose modern, disease-resistant varieties developed after 2000.

Choose the right type of rose – If you want fragrant roses, try English roses or Antico Moderno varieties. For beautiful cut roses, choose hybrid tea varieties, and for small gardens, choose standard roses, that won’t take up too much space. Plant them in the right spot – Roses need at least six hours of full sunlight every day to really thrive. Also make sure that you don’t plant them too close to other shrubs, as poor air circulation can lead to fungal diseases.

Water them well – The average rose bush needs about 10 litres of water a week. Water them thoroughly twice a week (or more in very hot, dry weather).

Remember to feed them – Roses should be fed with a specially formulated rose fertiliser in granular form. Give each bush a handful twice a month and remember to water well afterwards.

Pinch prune them while they flower – Pinch pruning differs from regular pruning in that you do it while the roses are flowering and you only need your fingertips. Pinch pruning helps to spread out the flowering cycle and stimulates root and leaf development. Simply snap off the tip of a new shoot that has sprouted from an eye and has developed 5-7 leaves. Make sure that you only pinch prune about a third of the stems.

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