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In the Rose Garden for December

December 19, 2018 Filed under In the Garden

This is an excerpt from a post by Hayden Foulds of the New Zealand Rose Society on the Grownups site

  • Enjoy the blooms, either in the garden or bring a bunch inside. Remember take a bucket of water to the roses (not the other way around) and recut stems under water.
  • Dehead, dehead, dehead. Not only does the garden tidy, it also helps to encourage more blooms to be produced.
  • Water if the weather remains dry. Lack of water causes plants to get stressed and become susceptible to disease. When watering, one good deep soaking at the roots is better than a quick, light flick with the hose.
  • Keep the weeds at bay.
  • If you are on holiday, visit one of the many fine public rose gardens around the country and see what is looking good.

The full article can be found here. 

More about the New Zealand Rose Society can be found here.


Getting rid of aphids on roses

September 29, 2014 Filed under Soul food

Aphids are tiny green insects that love the soft new growth on rose bushes.  They tend to cluster around the new buds and chew away the flower bud and stem.

Before they spread too much you can remove them by squashing them between your finger and thumb.

Or spray them with a hose to wash them off.  You will need a hose nozzle that gives a strong spray. Do this every day for up to a week till the aphids are washed off the soil (or been dealt to by the good garden insects).

You can also make an organic spray with:

2 drops of dish washing detergent
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cooking oil of any kind
1 teaspoon salt

  1. Put all items in a 24 oz. S(700ml) spray bottle.
  2. Fill spray bottle with cold water.
  3. Spray the aphids.

Enjoy your aphid free roses.


Roses – organic control of black spot and powdery mildew

April 25, 2013 Filed under Soul food

Baking soda is a godsend in the kitchen and laundry but is less well known as an organic control of rose diseases, especially powdery mildew and black spot.  Try this baking soda spray on your roses.  Read more

Pruning Roses

July 4, 2012 Filed under Soul food

Roses are pruned in the winter to:

  • to remove dead, old and diseased stems,
  • to keep the bushes to a manageable size
  • and to encourage the development of new growth.

When you prune will depend on your local mini-climate. Experience will soon show you your best time. Read more

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