IT’S ACTUALLY ROSE-VEMBER
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.