Your Complete Guide to Growing Roses

Follow this expert guide to growing beautiful roses at home.

Roses need a minimum of 5 hours of uninterrupted sun per day. In too much shade, roses will generally grow leggy, produce fewer flowers and be more susceptible to fungal diseases, such as powdery mildew and black spot.

 

GROWING CONDITIONS


Roses need a minimum of 5 hours of uninterrupted sun per day. In too much shade, roses will generally grow leggy, produce fewer flowers and be more susceptible to fungal diseases, such as powdery mildew and black spot.

 

Annual applications of compost and manure will improve the health and vigour of your roses. Roses can be grown in raised beds or pots, where the soil drains freely.
Roses perform well in tough, dry conditions, but their water demand is higher than normal if they are exposed to strong winds. When possible, give them a deep thorough watering.

 

FEEDING


When roses start to come into growth, give them a good dose of specialist rose food. When the buds start appearing, a liquid feed every fortnight throughout the growing season is highly recommended. Another boost of organic fertiliser around December also ensures fantastic growth.

 

 

PEST AND DISEASE


When growth is at its optimum, signs of pests and disease may become obvious and need addressing early. Aphids love feasting on new growth - spray, squash them or blast them off with a hose.

 

Humidity encourages fungal diseases like black spot and powdery mildew so by allowing good air circulation around plants, this will be minimised. Watering the roots not the foliage, particularly overnight, also prevents this.

Applying mulch helps keeps roots cool, lowers humidity and suppresses weeds which can harbour pests and disease. When mulching around the base of the rose, keep the stem clear to prevent collar rot.

Deadhead regularly to maintain strong healthy growth as healthy plants are less susceptible and pick off diseased leaves as soon as you notice them - on and around the plant to prevent the spread of disease spores.

Swane's Low Toxicity Control Recipe: mix 3 teaspoons of bicarbonate of soda to a paste consistency with a little water. Add that mixture to 2.5 tablespoons of Pestoil and blend with 4.5 litres of water. Keep it agitated while spraying new foliage to the point of runoff. This needs to be kept to a weekly cycle for best results.

 

PRUNING


In winter, cut plants right back, open up the centre to allow good air circulation and remove weak spindly growth and dead wood. For best results, roses should be pruned twice a year. In summer, you can prune off 1/3 of growth and remove weak or damaged stems. Time the flowering for a show or special event, when in around 8 weeks, flowers will bloom again.

 

Throughout the growing season, deadhead old flowers or pick fresh bunches - cut a long stem, leaving only 5 sets of leaves at the base of the bush.

 

SUPPLIERS


www.scottsaustralia.com.au - (fertilisers)

 

 

LOCATION


www.swanes.com
Swane’s Nureries - 490 Galston rd. Dural

 

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