Spring Roses

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Set your roses up for a great spring!

Roses start to get very busy in spring. They’ve had a nice long winter rest and are starting to prepare for their celebration of flowers.

Here are 3 simple steps to help promote the best possible rose display at your place:

1. Aphid control - aphids are one of the main pests to look out for on young rose leaf growth and also flower buds. Aphids can occur in their dozens (or hundreds!) and feast on the delicious rose sap. Left unchecked, aphids deplete roses of valuable nutrients and plant sugars as well as causing new leaves to deform. Aphids can also transmit plant viruses so it’s important to control aphids in spring before they do too much damage.

Yates® Rose Gun® Advanced contains a combination of ingredients that kills aphids via contact as well as being absorbed into the sap and working from within the plant. So it will control the aphids you can see as well as the aphids that are hiding. Spray roses thoroughly every two weeks to help keep aphids under control and roses healthy and protected.

2. Soil improvement- 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 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.

3. Feeding– growing new foliage and flower buds is a demanding job and requires lots of nutrients. 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.

And don’t despair if you didn’t plant some bare rooted roses during winter. Potted roses are available year round in garden centres.

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