Well fed roses will reward you with lots of growth and flowers. Whether you have a large rose garden or have a few potted roses, feeding them is easy. Yates Thrive Natural Roses & Flowers Organic Based Pelletised Plant Food combines more than 50% natural ingredients with fast acting fertilisers to promote healthy leaf and stem growth and prolific blooms. Spread the pellets around the base of the plant every 8 weeks from spring to autumn and water in well. Yates Thrive Natural Roses & Flowers Organic Based Pelletised Plant Food is perfect for feeding both in-ground and potted roses.
Aphids love roses in spring! These small sap sucking insects, which can be green, black, yellow or brown, feast on the sugary sap that is flowing through the tender new rose growth. They'll often be seen clustering in large numbers on flower buds and along stems and also underneath leaves. Aphids deplete roses of valuable nutrients and sugars, can cause leaves to twist and distort, and can also transmit damaging viruses. So it's important to control aphids as soon as they're noticed.
Caterpillars also enjoy roses, chewing through leaves and also into rose buds and petals. Often well camouflaged, caterpillars can cause significant damage.
Thrips are tiny, slender insects, 1-2 mm long, that suck the sap from rose leaves and flowers. They can cause brown blemishes on petals and leaves to appear silvery or distorted.