Lud­wig’s rose cor­ner

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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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‘Tawny Pro­fu­sion’

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