Rose Care

I’m trying really hard to leave the chemicals in the shed this year. I was in the habit of spraying my roses twice each year – in early Spring and in the middle of the Summer flowering period.

I decided to try a new approach this year. The twin pests of Blackspot and greenfly were the main targets for me. Instead of reaching for the spray I took a different route. I don’t generally have a lot of greenfly on the roses but when they appeared earlier in the year I found that a steady jet of water removed them and they haven’t really been a problem ever since.

The other pest – the dreaded blackspot has been cropping up right through the season but I am trying a different approach. Instead of spraying I have instead removed any leaves or branches showing any signs of blackspot or other blotchy marks when doing my regular dead-heading, and if a whole branch is affected removing the full branch.

I also clear the debris of dead and mainly diseased leaves from beneath the roses. The first time I did this way back when my Zephrine Douhin showed spots on the leaves, I cut out all the affected leaves and cut back whole stems where there was a lot of damaged leaves.

The result really surprised me. Now, at the end of August, there is an abundance of new healthy growth, and even some buds! I fed all the roses several times, sometimes with rose food applied to the soil, and sometimes with a drenching of Miracle Grow.

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I am convinced that the regular removal of damaged leaves and branches has enabled the whole shrub to flourish. It is early days yet in observing this new strategy but the results so far are promising! The trimmings are brought to a recycling centre where they will be composted at a much higher temperature than I can achieve in my own compost heaps.

I will be extending this trial system in the coming months to the rest of the roses so I hope to have perfect roses all round the garden!

2 thoughts on “Rose Care

  1. Dick Roche

    My roses were not good this year. Perhaps due to covit 19 I was unable to get to the centres where the foeeding would be available. Every other year fromt he time they were proned in January or February I fed them with Potato manure and had excellent roses. I am reluctant to spray the roses due to pollenating insects.

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  2. Paddy Tobin

    I think you and the garden are better off without the chemicals. We do spray the box hedging with one of those box feeds every month and that is the only spray we use nowadays and the plants are all fine without the chemicals.

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