Prolonging the show

Roses can bloom beautifully well into autumn with some quick and easy maintenance.

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Here are our top rose tips for March

  • Trim off spent flowers regularly to keep the rose looking tidy and encourage more flowers to develop. Don’t forget to bring some inside for a vase!
  • Keep feeding roses, both in-ground and potted, each week with a potassium rich liquid fertiliser like Yates Thrive Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food. The potassium boosted formulation helps to promote flowering as well as encouraging healthy plants.
  • Top up or apply mulch around the base of rose plants. Lucerne or pea straw is ideal. It reduces moisture loss from the soil as well as adding beneficial organic matter to the soil as it breaks down.
  • Monitor for insect pests such as aphids and caterpillars. Aphids are tiny sap sucking insects that can be black, brown, grey or green and can distort foliage and deplete plant health. Caterpillars can chew through leaves and also into flower buds. Both aphids and caterpillars can be controlled with Yates Rose Shield. Regular sprays of Yates Rose Shield will also control common roses diseases like black spot, rust and powdery mildew, which can be increasingly common as rose foliage ages.