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October 2015

Roses

Rosa

There is nothing more beautiful than the perfection of a rose in mid-summer. The glorious fragrance wafting up from perfectly formed petals make it clear why this is the flower of choice for many people.

A rose is a woody perennial of the genus Rosa, within the family Rosaceae. There are over 100 species and thousands of cultivars. They form a group of plants that can be erect shrubs, climbing or trailing with stems that are often armed with sharp prickles. Flowers vary in size and shape and are usually large and showy, in colours ranging from white through yellows and reds. Species, cultivars and hybrids are all widely grown for their beauty and often are fragrant.

Care instructions

Put in a little and get back a lot!

Care instructions:

  •  Semi shade.
  •  Average garden soil
  •  Give your plant 1/4 cup of water twice per week. It’s best to water the plant through the soil. Be careful not to over water.
  •  Good drainage (soggy soil may cause root rot)
  •  Fertilizer during the growing season

 

Tips and Tricks for keeping your Roses in shape

All branches that cross and overlap each other should be removed, to avoid diseasing

Cut your roses properly by ensuring the bud is facing outside of the branch at a 45 degree angle that slopes inward, this will keep the flower growing healthily

Insects and bugs may become a problem from time to time, to prevent them ruining your flower use a mild solution of dish soap and warm water and spray the rose gently.

Ensure you deadhead and mulch your roses on a weekly basis to keep them growing healthily and efficiently

Remove unwanted 'suckers' (leaves that have a different shape and colour to the rest of the plant) by simply pulling them off with gardening gloves.