Roses are acustomary gift for Valentine’s Day, however a bunch of cut roses will be gone so quickly. Consider a growing gift of a potted rose, that will live for years and be a beautiful reminder of your heartfelt love! Perhaps you can give your Valentine a hint that you’d prefer a living rose this year…… 

Roses come in a rainbow of colours, as well as sensational fragrances. Red is the traditional colour of romance and love, however also consider pink for happiness and grace, yellow for joy and friendship and white for new beginnings. There’s also romantically named roses like Irresistible, Loving Touch, Beautiful Girl, First Love and even Kiss Me Kate!

Here are some top Valentine’s suggestions:

  • Bunches of roses are very traditional Valentine’s Day gifts, so a potted rose is an obvious suggestion. Ideally, choose a rose that has an appropriate name (e.g. ‘Best Friend’ or ‘Love Potion’) but don’t be too constrained by this. Colour, size and fragrance are the most important.
  • Gardenias (pictured below) produce masses of fragrant white blooms through summer. They enjoy warm conditions and seem happiest in morning sun with some protection from the hottest part of the day. Cut back hard in late winter and feed regularly with a slow release fertiliser such as Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser.
  • Star jasmine, Trachelospermum jasminoides, is a moderately vigorous climber that can be easily trained into a lollipop standard.
  • Frangipani is suited to warmer areas and there are now some exotically-coloured reds, oranges and combination colours available.
  • Lavenders are well suited to cooler climates. Keep them in good health by cutting back lightly after flower flushes to promote new growth. In acid soil areas, give a sprinkling of lime once a year.
  • Don’t forget citrus, too. With their scented leaves and perfumed blossoms they’re some of the world’s top fragrant plants. An avid foodie might appreciate a kaffir lime, with leaves that add flavour to Asian dishes.
  • Lemon myrtle, Backhousia citriodora, is a delightful native tree with lemon-scented leaves that are infused to make a refreshing tea.
  • Rosemary, the herb of remembrance, makes an ideal Valentine’s gift. Attach a card explaining the long history of this pungently fragrant herb and the significance of your gift will be magnified.

    If your Valentine’s gardening skills are limited, don’t present them with a gardening task that could become a potential source of frustration. Include some instructions on growing the plant (a Yates Garden Guide would be a good place to start) and the basics of fertiliser and plant protection. A bottle of plant food such as Yates Thrive All Purpose Liquid Plant Food, and, for ornamentals, a Rose Gun Advanced, would comprise a basic care kit that would be suitable for even the least experienced of gardeners.

Here’s how to keep your potted Valentines’ Day rose looking fabulous:

  • Feed potted roses each week with a specially developed rose fertiliser like Yates® Thrive® Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food. It contains the right blend of nutrients to promote healthy green leaf growth and lots of gorgeous blooms.  
  • Trim off spent flowers regularly to keep the rose looking tidy and encourage more flowers to develop.
  • Potted roses can dry out rapidly in hot summer weather, so make sure to water them regularly.
  • Watch out for pests and diseases, like aphids and black spot, which can ruin both leaves and flowers. Yates Rose Gun® will control the most common pests and diseases on roses, so you don’t need to be a rose expert to know how to protect your roses!
  • Gift idea: team your potted rose with a strong but lightweight Yates Tuscan pot and some Yates Premium Potting Mix to give the rose the best possible start.

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