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A rose by any other name …

Spring roses are in full bloom across the country now, so enjoy the colours and scents that the gorgeous Queen of Flowers brings to our gardens. Maximise your chances of good follow-up blooms by keeping your roses healthy. Deadheading spent flowers, applying regular water (at the base of the plants) and fertiliser encourages new growth and promotes new flower stems and foliage, for repeat blooms well into summer.

Liquid fertilisers are taken up quickly by plants through their foliage and roots as you water. Yates Thrive Roses and Flowers Liquid Plant food is great for roses grown in both pots and gardens. It’s also ideal for promoting flowers on many other plants, so water it onto your potted patio bloomers like impatiens and geraniums and flowering annuals too!

Regular control of fungal diseases using a thorough spray of Yates Rose Gun Advanced keeps diseases like black spot and powdery mildew from weakening and defoliating your roses. Good rose foliage cover not only looks appealing, but protects the stems from sunburn during hot weather. Yates Rose Gun Advanced also contains an insecticide to control sap sucking aphids and chewing caterpillars.

 

Go potty

Potted roses are widely available to purchase during spring. A good tip to remember is these are planted just the same as any potted plant and there’s no need to disturb the roots at planting time. Roses are long lived plants, so soil preparation is important, dig the area over well and incorporate a handful of Yates Dynamic Lifter Organic Plant Food into the soil per rose. Water newly planted roses daily or every other day until their roots establish.

 

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The popularity of Flower Carpet Roses is ever increasing. These versatile and very easy care roses flower frequently and for a very long time. They repeat flower quickly, with clusters of small blooms, and the bushes are self cleaning, (so there’s little deadheading) putting on a long lasting display in gardens, pots on patios, mass plantings, and in commercial landscapes. The foliage is glossy dark green and the plants are low, dense and compact. Applying a rose fertiliser high in potassium like Yates Dynamic Lifter Plus Flower Food improves flowering and disease resistance. Flower Carpet roses don’t need fancy pruning, just cut back by one third annually in late winter. As well as the original pink, there are lots of lovely colours to choose from including: Rose, Amber, Apple Blossom, Red, Coral, Gold, White and two-toned Pink Splash.

Trim back spring only flowering rose species and climbing roses which bloom mainly once in spring, including the lovely white and yellow Banksia Roses as they finish their display. Shortening the long canes by about a third and removing spent flowers with long stems encourages new side shoots and more flowers next season. Pruning also helps to contain these vigorous climbers! To say thanks for all the gorgeous flowers, give them a feed with organic based Yates Dynamic Lifter Plus Flower Food. The organics nurture the soil and the added nutrients help promote healthy plant growth.

Ensure potted roses are watered daily when the weather is hot, as the pots heat up and potting mix dries out quickly. Garden roses will benefit from a good deep soaking around once per week, or twice if there’s really hot conditions. When you water, if you find water running off, not soaking in, the soil may have become water repellent. To help retain moisture in the soil and help improve moisture penetration, use a soil wetting agent. Fast acting, Yates Waterwise Soil Wetter contains a soil conditioner, trace elements for added vitality and healthier plants plus seaweed to stimulate root growth.

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Angie Thomas

Angie Thomas is a horticulturalist from Yates. She writes a monthly column on the company’s website about what what you should be doing in the garden during every month of the year. Visit their website, www.yates.com.au, to know more about Angie.

The opinions expressed in this article are the opinions of the author(s) and not necessarily those of Homeloans Ltd.