A beautiful rose with a wonderful story

In winter 2018 a Southern Right Whale became caught up in cray pot ropes just off Portland in Victoria. Nicknamed ‘Tangles’, the whale was safely cut from the ropes by rescuers from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. Treloar Roses decided to name a gorgeous new mauve rose after Tangles the whale, to help raise awareness of this critically endangered species. Treloar Roses will also donate $2 from the sale of each Tangles rose to the important South-Eastern Southern Right Whale Photo Identification Project. 


Tangles, pictured above, is a low growing floribunda rose that grows to around 80 cm tall and 60 cm wide and is covered in clusters of lilac blooms late into the season.

Tangles will be available during winter as bare rooted plants.

When planting a bare rooted rose, choose a spot in the garden that receives at least 6 hours of sunshine a day and has good air flow. Dig a hole around 30 cm wide and deep. Mix some Yates® Dynamic Lifter® Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser into the soil dug from the hole.

Create a pyramid shaped mound of soil in the bottom of the planting hole. Place the rose in the hole with its roots sitting on and around the mound of soil. Ensure that the graft union (bump on the stem) will be sitting at least 5 cm above the final ground level. Backfill around the roots gently with Yates® Dynamic Lifter® Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser enriched soil and then water in well. Apply a layer of organic mulch, like bark chips or sugar cane, around the new rose, keeping the mulch a few centimetres away from the stem. Keep the soil moist while the new rose establishes.

Tangles is also perfect for growing in a pot. Choose a pot at least 30 cm in diameter and fill with a good quality potting mix like Yates Premium Potting Mix.

Tangles information courtesy of Treloar Roses. Tangles rose image (C) Gary Matuschka, used under license.

Winter rose pruning

There are two simple rose care steps to take during winter to promote healthy plants and a fabulous floral display – pruning and pest and disease prevention.   


During winter, when roses are dormant and leafless, is the ideal time to prune roses. Using clean sharp secateurs, completely remove any dead stems (which are usually grey) and any crowded or spindly stems. For really tough old growth you may need to use a pruning saw. Then cut all the remaining healthy stems down to around knee height (apart from standard or ‘lollipop’ roses).

Prune to just above an outward facing bud, so when new growth emerges in spring it will grow outwards, rather than inwards, which can create congested and unhealthy growth. 


Pest & disease prevention

Once the rose is pruned, it’s the perfect opportunity to spray with Yates® Lime Sulfur, It’s a slightly smelly but very effective way to help break the rose pest and disease cycle. Used at the higher ‘winter rate’, Yates® Lime Sulfur will control powdery mildew and scale and also two-spotted mites, which are lying in wait on rose stems during winter, ready to infect new spring foliage and flower buds.  Breaking the pest and disease cycle during winter will help give the rose the best possible fresh start in spring.

Pruning tip: if you live in a really cold area, delay pruning until August as pruning can stimulate new leaf growth which could be damaged by frosts.

If your roses produce new shoots prematurely during winter, these are vulnerable to damage from cold and frosts. Help protect them by spraying with Yates Waterwise® DroughtShield®. It creates a thin flexible protective film over the shoots which helps reduce frost damage.

You'll need

Yates Lime Sulfur

Controls a range of fungal diseases and pests on fruit trees, tomatoes, grapes, roses & ornamentals. No withholding period.

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It's no surprise that roses are one of the world's favourite flowers.