Your Winter Rose Guide

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It’s planting time for bare root roses. Although they are just bare thorny stems and roots during winter, they hold the promise of beautiful spring flowers. Whether you buy packaged bare root roses or they arrive by mail order it’s important not to let them dry out, so plant them out as soon as possible.

After unpacking your roses plunge the roots into a bucket of water for an hour before planting. Roses like a well drained soil enriched with organics, so incorporate a good sprinkling of Yates Dynamic Lifter Organic Plant Food and fork it all in well.

Dig a hole 30-40cm across and around 30cm deep. Form a mound of soil in the base of the hole. Sit the rose on top, spreading the roots over the mound. Check that the bud union (the kink on the stem) at the base will sit about 5cm above the soil level after planting. Backfill the hole, firming the soil with your hands.

Water the rose in well using a bucket of water on each plant and then keep the soil moist until new green shoots appear. A layer of mulch around 50mm thick will help retain soil moisture.

England’s Rose

This 2015 new release David Austin Rose has deep glowing pink flowers held in large clusters (pictured above – Image courtesy of Leigh Siebler). It’s a wonderful garden rose but also perfect for picking. The outer petals reflex back to reveal an attractive button eye, and blooms are produced continually from spring to late autumn. A lovely rose for combining with pretty perennials in a mixed border, or used for low hedging. It has a fine, strong old rose fragrance with a warm spicy character. Reaching 1.5m high and 1m wide, it’s a tough and reliable choice.

Please contact the David Austin Roses Australian Agent, Leigh Siebler, for your nearest retail supplier on (03) 9889 5453.

Sharpen Your Secateurs

Hold off pruning roses until July in most areas and August in cold zones. Although roses might look a bit scruffy as leaves fall, don’t be tempted to prune too early. Roses respond well to pruning and new shoots can be damaged by frost. Collect and dispose of fallen leaves and spray leafless roses with Yates Lime Sulfur to reduce the likelihood of fungal diseases overwintering on the plants. It also helps control pests such as mites and scale.


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