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.

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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’

‘In­grid Bergman’

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