Ludwig’s rose corner
Ludwig Taschner recommends roses that cope with limited watering, and tells you how to make the most of cut roses indoors.
Q: I am changing my garden to include more plants that need minimal water, but I also love roses. Are there any waterwise roses you can recommend?
Over the past few years we have started to identify roses that withstand irregular or limited watering. These are roses that grow into a spreading, leafy bush (up to 1m wide) that shades the roots, thus encouraging them to spread deep and wide. They produce lovely cut flowers, but on stems that are much shorter than a traditional hybrid tea. Such roses include ‘Remember Me’, ‘Brothers Grimm’, ‘Clocolan’, ‘Mushe Kirsh’, ‘McHardy’, ‘Addo Heritage’, ‘Sunny Ayoba’, and ‘Knysna’.
Q: The leaves on my ‘Ingrid Bergman’ roses have spots that look as if they have been burnt. I recently sprayed with Rose Care; could the mixture have been too strong?
Yes, if the spray was too strong, whatever drops did not run off would have absorbed into the leaves and caused them to become scorched. It is important to follow the instructions on the packaging to the letter; the same applies to fertilising.
‘Mushe Kirsh’ ‘Remember Me’