If you love the look of a rose bush smothered in showy blooms during the warmer months or can’t resist inhaling their gorgeous fragrance, in cool to warm temperate areas it’s not too late to plant a brand new rose. It’s also your last chance to prune and spray roses before new spring growth arrives.
Here’s your late winter rose checklist:
1. Planting – your local garden centre may still have bare rooted roses (in plastic bags) ready for planting. As soon as you get your bagged rose home, remove it from the bag and pop it in a bucket of water for a few hours before planting. You’ll also find a tempting range of potted roses in garden centres, which can be planted year round. To get the best from your roses, find a sunny spot in a garden bed that receives at least 6 hours of sunshine a day, or somewhere that you can position good sized, well drained pot (at least 30 cm in diameter). Roses also do best in a position with good air flow, which helps to minimise diseases. Mix some Yates® Dynamic Lifter® Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser into the planting hole to improve the soil and help give the new rose the best possible start.
2. Pruning - Give your shrub roses a good prune, down to around knee height, and remove any dead stems. Then spray with Yates Lime Sulfur before new leaves emerge, to help break the pest and disease cycle before spring arrives.
3. Late winter feeding – as roses begin to wake up from their winter slumber, it’s time to start feeding them to support the flurry of new stems and leaves that will develop over the coming weeks. In late August, scatter some Yates® Thrive® Roses & Flowers Natural Organic Based Pelletised Plant Food around the root zone and water in well. Yates® Thrive® Roses & Flowers Natural Organic Based Pelletised Plant Food contains fast acting as well as slow release organic nutrients to promote healthy leaves as well as encouraging lots of beautiful blooms.