Thứ Bảy, 12 tháng 8, 2023

Five ways to grow better roses

Encouraging roses to showcase a magnificent floral exhibition is a straightforward task if you adhere to a few fundamental principles.

By providing a bit of attentive care, you can stimulate your roses to bloom throughout the entire summer season. Offering them proper support, consistent feeding and watering, as well as removing spent flowers, while remaining vigilant for any signs of pests or diseases, will lead to a flourishing display.

Further insights into cultivating roses:

Regularly Remove Spent Flowers Make it a routine to regularly deadhead roses. Robust stems only necessitate the removal of the flower head, whereas feeble and spindly ones require a more rigorous cutback to promote fresh growth. Prune to the point where stems are at least as thick as a pencil, even if this entails eliminating nearly the entire shoot. While undertaking this task, also eliminate any deceased, impaired, or diseased stems.

Feed and Apply Mulch During both spring and autumn, mulch your roses with well-rotted stable manure, compost, or chipped bark, maintaining a clearance of 10cm around the stems. Administer feeding in spring and again in mid-summer after the initial flush of blossoms. Opt for a fertilizer containing potash and magnesium to enhance the quality of the blooms. To prevent mildew, ensure regular watering, aiming your hose or watering can at the base of the plants, particularly just after planting and during dry periods.

Ensure Adequate Support

Safeguard traditional shrub roses by situating poles around the plants and securely fastening stems to them. Train climbers and ramblers to ascend pergola poles, vertical pillars, or an obelisk. Standard roses also require reinforcement – substitute the original cane with a sturdier stake and affix with tree ties.

Manage Disease Opt for rose varieties that exhibit resistance to diseases to minimize the occurrence of black spot, mildew, and rust. However, be aware that even disease-resistant types can be affected in warm and humid summers. Diminish the risk of reinfection by raking up and discarding fallen leaves, and employ a fungicide when necessary.

Select Appropriate Roses

Before being captivated by an alluring image, consider which type of rose best suits your garden. Traditional varieties seldom flower consistently throughout the entire summer, whereas contemporary, disease-resistant roses are more inclined to do so. Rosa 'Sophy', illustrated here, is a notably robust rose that exhibits recurrent flowering.

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