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Roses are in gorgeous full bloom across much of the country now, so enjoy the rainbow of colours and heady fragrances that these beautiful plants can bring to our gardens.
Here are some simple tips to help maximise your rose flower show:
Deadhead spent flowers regularly or cut blooms for a vase. If you're deadheading, don't just nip off the flower; it's good to cut further down the stem to an outward facing bud. This boosts the next flush of flowers, which won't be far away.
Give plants a thorough and deep watering at least once a week (more often for potted roses). Watering gently at the base of the plants rather than over the foliage will help reduce leaf diseases.
Fertilise each week with a specially designed rose food such as Yates Thrive Roses Flowers Liquid Plant Food. It’s a complete fertiliser that contains the right balance of nutrients to encourage healthy leaf growth and lots of flowers.
Monitor for signs of common leaf diseases such as black spot and powdery mildew, which can be more common after periods of damp weather. Spraying rose bushes with Yates® Rose Gun® every fortnight is an effective way to help keep these diseases from damaging your roses. Yates Rose Gun Spray Ready to Use will also control common insect pests like aphids and caterpillars, so it’s a handy and versatile rose protection spray for rose growers.
Spread mulch around the base of your roses (but don't let it touch the stems). This keeps the roots cool as the weather warms up.
If you have rambling roses that only flower in spring, sadly the show is over - but it's a great time to give them a prune (from now until the end of January).