Sum­mer rose care

Amateur Gardening - - Your Gardening Week -

Keep roses healthy and pest-free

1 Sup­port flower heads so they are less likely to be dam­aged or snapped off dur­ing sum­mer storms.

2 Watch out for black spot, a fun­gal prob­lem. Re­move and de­stroy af­fected leaves, in­clud­ing those that have fallen.

3 Keep on top of aphids. Squish small clus­ters with your fin­gers to re­duce the need for chem­i­cals if the colony gets big­ger.

4 Pull suck­ers (which orig­i­nate from the plant’s root­stock) from the ground. Never cut the suck­ers as this en­cour­ages them to come back stronger.

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