Ludwig’s rose corner
Exacum Q: I bought 10 ‘Tawny Profusion’ rose bushes and I’m so pleased with their performance. I have been told that I must not deadhead them, but I don’t understand why because I’d like them to flower in profusion! Why shouldn’t I?
The only time deadheading is not recommended is when water restrictions limit the amount of water roses receive. The theory is to retain as many leaves on the bush as possible. Fortunately, ‘Tawny Profusion’ keeps on blooming, whether deadheaded or not. If the petals blow off or look faded, remove only the flower and the upper two leaves. Q: My fragrant ‘Bella di Todi’ rose produced an astonishing number of perfect blooms and then beetles suddenly decimated the flowers within a week! My other perfumed roses were ignored. What can I spray?
There are still some strong insecticides available such as Karbaspray, Garden Ripcord and Cypermethrin. By using them at double the recommended strength and spraying the beetles when they are active, you should get rid of them almost immediately. There’s no need to spray the whole bush. The reason why ‘Bella di Todi’ was targeted is that beetles are attracted by a particular scent and not the colour of the blooms.
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