IT’S AC­TU­ALLY ROSE-VEMBER

The Bay Chronicle - - SITUATIONS VACANT -

Novem­ber be­longs to roses so give them some TLC this month. Lay sum­mer mulch – a thin layer of grass clip­pings is fine. Gently hoe the soil around them first if it has be­come dry and com­pacted. An ap­pli­ca­tion of Dal­ton’s Rose & Flower Fer­tiliser in the soil at a rate of 200g per m2 will pro­mote healthy growth. Ban­ish aphids by squash­ing them be­tween your fin­gers or blast­ing them with a hose, then spray the fo­liage at three-weekly in­ter­vals with liq­uid fer­tiliser – fish or sea­weed – which aphids loathe! NZ Gar­dener’s rosar­ian Bar­bara Lea Tay­lor rec­om­mends mix­ing your spray with half skim milk/half wa­ter to help dis­cour­age fun­gal dis­ease. Morn­ing or evening is the best time to spray. Never spray in hot sun­light to avoid scorch­ing the fo­liage. Don’t for­get to gather your rose­buds while ye may and cut them for vase. The best place is just above a growth bud as this stim­u­lates the plant to pro­duce more growth.

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