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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.

 

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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