Journal of a rose gardener...Blackspot 25/07/16Rose Blackspot, appears as soon as leaves appear on roses in early spring, and will continue until the leaves fall in autumn.
It infects the leaves, causing leaves to turn yellow and fall. Small, black lesions may also appear on young stems.
To learn more about combating black spot, click read more...
Roses Love Water
Beautiful rose bushes of varieties like Champagne and Absolutely Fabulous can easily be grown in your garden or container. All it takes is lots of sun, a little fertilizer and, of course, consistent watering. Nothing is more important for a rose bush's survival and performance than water. Roses absolutely love water. Here are a few tips to ensure you quench the thirst of the most beautiful plants in your garden:
- In general, soil for roses should be watered deeply, but infrequently. This will encourage strong root growth. Even during winter, occasional watering of garden roses during dry periods will help them perform better during the next growing season.
- Water in the morning to help prevent black spot and mildew.
- Avoid wetting the plant's leaves during regular watering, which can spread disease.
- However, about once a week, give your rose a "shower" with a spray nozzle hose attachment. This treatment not only adds water and humidity, it clears leaves of dust, dirt and spider mites or other harmful insects. Never sprinkle bushes in the afternoon or evening, which can promote disease.
- Container roses will need to be watered frequently because water evaporates more quickly from plants above ground. Initially, water the plant well to get it firmly established.
- Mulch (2 to 3 inches around a bush) to help retain moisture from watering and reduce future watering needs. Mulching also helps keep the soil cool and helps control weeds.
Details of all our roses are available on our web site.
Over 1000 varieties to choose from.