Re­gional rose tasks for No­vem­ber

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Sum­mer rain­fall Con­tinue wa­ter­ing twice a week and fer­tilise with Vig­orosa. Large bee­tles can be con­trolled by spray­ing with a dou­ble dose of Cyper or Plant Care. For smaller in­sects (thrips, aphids, boll­worm) spray with Lud­wig’s In­sect Spray twice a month. Cut off dead blooms to en­cour­age new growth.

Win­ter rain­fall If the rains have stopped, wa­ter deeply once a week (grey wa­ter is fine). If rainy weather is on­go­ing, spray fort­nightly with a ‘cock­tail’ of Chronos, Lud­wig’s In­sect Spray and a sticker such as Pi­canta to pre­vent black spot and downy mildew. Fer­tilise with Vig­orosa in mid-No­vem­ber. Pinch off the tips of new basal stems to make them stronger so they can with­stand wind bet­ter.

Lowveld and KwaZulu-Na­tal coast Make sure beds are well mulched (2–5cm deep) and wa­ter twice a week. Fer­tilise with Vig­orosa. Con­trol pests and fun­gal dis­ease with the cock­tail de­scribed above. Reg­u­larly deadhead roses to keep them neat and to en­cour­age new shoots.

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