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Winter rose planting and care

Winter rose planting and care in Australia #aboutthegarden.indd

Gardens just would not be complete without the magnificent scented rose flowers and winter is a perfect time to plant them.

POSITION
Roses love a full sun position and like room around them so they don’t become overcrowded. When planting roses, make sure to leave about a 60cm space all around them. This will help promote good air circulation throughout the bush to discourage fungal diseases. 

PLANTING ROSES IN POTS
If planting into pots, ensure firstly, the pot is of a reasonable size to accommodate the growth of the rose (minimum size 50cm x 50cm ) and two: use Searles Peat 80 Plus as this carries within an abundance of nutrition and wetting agents that any rose would be happy to call home. 

SOIL PREPARATION FOR ROSES
Now the real trick for roses is in the soil preparation. Roses love a rich organic soil. For best results mix into existing soil Searles® Rose and Citrus Compost. Plant your roses straight into this. You’ll be rewarded with stunning growth and magnificent blooms. Prior to planting out your roses, add to the soil a handful or two of Dolomite and sulphate of potash. All roses require regular calcium in their diet so the Dolomite will help with this plus bring added magnesium which all plants require to assist them take up nutrition. The potash will encourage strong upright stems and good flowering while helping to naturally guard the plants from black spot. Don’t be too concerned if your soil is somewhat on the heavier side as roses of all kinds actually prefer these conditions over light sandy soil.

FERTILISING ROSES
Roses need regular fertilising to keep producing their glorious flowers. One great fertiliser recommended and endorsed by the Qld Rose Society is Searles Flourish® Soluble Plant Food. Searles Flourish® provides plants with fast acting nutrients to ensure better growth and flowering. Apply at planting time and continue every 2-3 weeks, especially during flowering.

Another marvellous fertiliser, which promotes strong growth and helps protect roses from fungal diseases and temperature extremes is SeaMax® Fish & Kelp. Ideally, you could alternate between the two fertilisers every 2-3 weeks.

PRUNING
After each flush of flowering, be sure to prune back the finished flowers, as this helps promote more flowers.

PESTS AND DISEASES ON ROSES
Like anything in this world, nothing can be guaranteed and in the unfortunate event that your roses fall victim to the dreaded black spot or insect troubles, then apply Searles Trifend as directed to help combat and clear any problems quickly. When new growth starts appearing in spring, keep an eye out for aphids as they love new growth and are likely to make an appearance along the stems and new buds. Control them with Searles Bug Beater, a natural pyrethrum spray. 

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