Floral Fantasy

Floral Fantasy

From early spring, roses emerge from their winter hibernation and we see a fabulous flurry of new growth and beautiful blooms. Here's how to keep your roses looking gorgeous.

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.

  • To keep your rose looking neat and tidy, regularly remove spent flowers. This will also encourage more flowers to develop.
  • Prune off any shoots that develop below the graft (the bump on the lower stem). This vigorous growth will eventually take over the rest of the plant if not kept in check.
  • Apply a layer of mulch, such as bark chips or straw, around the root zone. Keep the mulch a few centimetres away from the stem to allow for good air flow around the base.

Rose Pests 


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.

Rose diseases  

  • One of the most troublesome rose diseases is black spot. Leaves can develop irregular black spots that become feathered or fringed with yellow margins. If left untreated, leaves will prematurely yellow and fall, weakening the plant.
  • Another common rose disease is powdery mildew. It appears as white powdery growth on leaves, stems and flower buds and is most active in warm, humid weather.
  • The easiest way to protect roses from the most common pests and diseases, including aphids, caterpillars, thrips, black spot and powdery mildew, is with ready to use Yates Rose Gun. Spray roses thoroughly every 2 weeks, as soon as pests or diseases are first noticed.
  • If you have lots of roses, concentrated Yates Rose Shield is ideal. It's diluted in water in a sprayer and the 500 mL pack size makes up to 50L of rose protecting spray.

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