Burying your nose into a scented rose bloom is one of life’s delights and smells even better when you have grown it yourself! Here are a few tips to help keep your roses looking fantastic in mid spring.

Keeping the soil nurtured and plants well fed is a key part of growing great roses at home. Follow these two simple steps to help get the best of out of your roses:

Step 1: sprinkle some Yates® Dynamic Lifter® Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser around each rose and then apply a layer of mulch (keep mulch a few centimetres away from the stem).

Yates® Dynamic Lifter® Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser contains a rich blend of composted chicken manure boosted with the goodness of blood and bone,fishmeal and seaweed and is a fantastic soil improver.

Step 2: feed roses each week with Yates Thrive® Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food, which is a specially formulated rose food that’s fortified with additional potassium to encourage lots of flowers.

Yates Dynamic Lifter and Yates Thrive – it’s the perfect partnership for your roses!

Caterpillars love roses

The gorgeous rose blooms that you’ve been waiting patiently for are also being eagerly anticipated by some very hungry caterpillars. Caterpillars can chew through and into rose buds as well as eating leaves.

Control these destructive caterpillars by spraying roses thoroughly every 2 weeks, including the undersides of foliage where caterpillars often hide, with Nature’s Way Citrus & Ornamental Spray. Other common insect pests of roses such as aphids, thrips and scale can also be controlled with Yates Rose Shield Insect & Disease Spray, together with dreaded diseases rose black spot and powdery mildew.

Keep feeding roses every week with Yates Thrive® Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food. It’s a complete plant food that contains the additional potassium that roses need to help put on a fantastic flower show.

It’s as easy as mixing 1 – 2 capfuls of Yates Thrive in a 9L watering can and applying over the foliage and root zone (the nutrients in Yates Thrive can be absorbed by both the leaves and the roots). Also take the opportunity to refresh or apply mulch around the base of rose bushes.

Mulching has several benefits:


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