Re­gional rose tasks for Fe­bru­ary

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Sum­mer rain­fall Mulch beds, but make sure there’s a gap around the base of each rose so that the wa­ter can pen­e­trate. De­lay fer­til­is­ing with Vig­orosa un­til the tem­per­a­ture has cooled down. Keep groom­ing to a min­i­mum; just re­move dead blooms by snap­ping off the heads. If there’s no rain­fall, check for red spi­der on the un­der­side of leaves and spray with Mil­be­knock, two weeks in suc­ces­sion, to kill off the mites. Dur­ing rainy spells, spray with Chronos or Rose Pro­tec­tor to pre­vent black spot, but make sure you do so when there’s a break in the rain­fall to pre­vent the spray from wash­ing off.

Cape coastal Pre­vent red spi­der by spray­ing with Lud­wig’s In­sect Spray ev­ery two weeks. If there is a bad in­fes­ta­tion that can’t be con­trolled by the spray, use Mil­be­knock, mak­ing sure to drench the un­der­side of leaves. Fol­low this up a week later with a sec­ond spray to kill any newly-hatched mites. Mulch and wa­ter deeply twice a week.

Lowveld and KwaZulu-Na­tal coast Con­trol pests and fun­gal dis­eases caused by high hu­mid­ity by spray­ing with Lud­wig’s In­sect Spray mixed with Chronos or Rose Pro­tec­tor. Wa­ter deeply twice a week and fer­tilise with Vig­orosa to­wards the end of Fe­bru­ary.

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