Plant a rose to commemorate the ANZAC centenary
Gallipoli Centenary Rose also funding education program
The centenary of the Gallipoli campaign is approaching and there is one way to create a permanent living memorial to the ANZACs – by planting a Gallipoli Centenary rose.
Treloar Roses and the Queensland ANZAC Day Commemorative Committee have introduced the Gallipoli Centenary Rose to commemorate 100 years since the Gallipoli landings on April 25, 1915. Yates Horticultural Communications Manager Angie Thomas says the elegant, deep red rose flowers in clusters or singly, on a dense bushy shrub that grows 1.2m tall.
“It’s long-flowering, hardy and disease-resistant and available for mail order Australia wide,” she says. “One dollar from the sale of each rose will help fund ANZAC education for Australian school children as well as war veteran’ projects.”
Angie says autumn is a glorious time in the garden with roses in beautiful bloom, which makes it the perfect time to visit a nursery and choose roses for winter planting.
“Potted roses can be planted year round, while bare root roses are available from nurseries or can be ordered from specialist growers to plant during winter,” Angie says.
“Plant potted roses as you would any other potted plant, even when they are in flower. After planting, sprinkle a small amount of Dynamic Lifter Organic Plant Food around the soil surface and water in well. It contains a balanced blend of nitrogen for healthy leaf growth, phosphorus for a strong root system and potassium for encouraging lots of flowers. It’s a perfect food for roses and any flowering garden plants.”
Angie says black spot is among the worst problems experienced by rose gardeners.
“This fungal disease begins as small black circles on the leaves, which gradually turn yellow and fall. In severe cases the rose plant may be almost defoliated, which weakens the bush. Black spot is most prevalent in moist humid conditions.”
Tips to keep black spot under control:
- Remove affected leaves and bin them.
- Collect and dispose of all fallen leaves, as these can re-infect healthy foliage.
- Mulching around the base helps prevent disease “splash back” onto the lower foliage.
- Use clean cutting tools. Wipe blades with disinfectant.
- Keep rose foliage as dry as possible – water at the base of the plant, or if watering overhead do it in the morning, so the leaves dry out as the sun rises.
- Spray with Yates Rose Gun Advanced, which works from the inside out to control fungal problems, and there are bonus insecticides to clean up insect pests and mites.
- Healthy roses can better withstand pest and disease attack so feed them regularly with Dynamic Lifter Organic Plant Food.
- A winter clean-up spray using Lime Sulfur when the roses are leafless helps control hard-to-kill pests and diseases including: mites, powdery mildew and scale.