Roses are a wonderful addition to the garden. They look beautiful, are incredibly hardy and are fairly low maintenance. As an added bonus, you can cut the blooms to bring inside for some free colour.
Roses need very little attention, needing just a fertilise and haircut twice a year in order to promote new growth and flowers, and to avoid them getting leggy. This was one of the main reasons I chose to put in roses in at the farm. Having plants that are low maintenance and hardy is a must. There is always something to do, so I need to make sure that my plant selections aren’t high maintenance, otherwise they’re doomed to fail. Plus, it’s great to have pops of colour in a vast dry area like the farm.
The best times to prune your roses is at the end of winter/beginning of spring and in summer. The winter/spring prune involves a slightly harder prune, but the summer pruning is just a light cut.
In summer, you only want to cut off any dead wood and spent flowers, this encourages more flowers and ensures that the plant is concentrating its energy on growth and new flowers, not losing energy to parts of the rose that doesn’t need it.
When removing the spent flowers, cut a few centimetres below the flower or back to a new bud.
It’s that easy.
I like to do this when I fertilise, and it only takes a couple of minutes. Remember to fertilise every month or two from spring through to autumn with a rose-specific fertiliser, and you’ll be enjoying continuous flowering month after month.
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