Steps to successful rose growing
Buy only quality rose plants - quality is a two-year old, vibrant and healthy looking rose on virus tested understock with growing instructions and a guarantee.
Plant the roses into well drained soil - clay is great, especially when blended with quality compost - the soil you have is preferred to imported soil blends.
Feed your roses regularly - one-half handful per plant every 8 weeks - with balanced organic plant food.
Plant roses only in a sunny position with a minimum of 5 hours of sun daily - roses are guaranteed to flower profusely and maintain health and vigour.
Roses love wind and good air circulation to maintain healthy, disease resistant foliage. Companion planting with annuals, perennials and bulbs is encouraged but needs to be maintained.
Mulch with lucerne, pea straw or the pine bark products - mulch maintains soil moisture, increases worm and microbe production and reduces weeds.
We recommend a foliar feed program at least once a month with Natrakelp liquid seaweed mixed with Eco-oil and Eco-rose which will increase strength in the foliage to combat pest and disease problems.
Deep soak rose plants with 20 litres (2 buckets) per bush twice a week to establish; a soaker system with timer will soak to the root zone and save water - roses are very water wise and don't like wet feet!
Prune regularly. Trim as flowers finish. Summer prune by one third and winter prune by two thirds. Always use sharpened and clean secateurs and wear good gloves for confidence and comfort.
Take time to smell, love and enjoy the roses in your garden!