Treat roses with care to en­sure more blooms

Yorkshire Post - YP Magazine - - Front Page -

Give them the op­por­tu­nity and the right care, and many roses will con­tinue to pro­duce flow­ers through­out the winter.

Treat them with con­sid­er­a­tion, keep them tidy and you’ll en­cour­age new, clean fo­liage; con­tinue to dead-head all the spent or dam­aged blooms by ei­ther snap­ping off the head about 2cm (1in) be­low the flower head or snip­ping off the com­plete flower truss, us­ing se­ca­teurs, and you’ll en­cour­age even more and later blooms.

It’s the sort of win-win sit­u­a­tion which made roses such favourites many years ago and which is now help­ing them re­gain their some of that pop­u­lar­ity.

But despite all the best ef­forts with wa­ter­ing and feed­ing, with prun­ing and pam­per­ing, there are still many dan­gers await­ing the un­wary rose grower.

Dis­eases such as blackspot, and per­haps rose rust, con­tinue to show their spotty symp­toms on ma­ture leaves, leav­ing af­fected fo­liage yel­low and weak.

To min­imise the in­fec­tion, pick off any af­fected fo­liage and dis­pose of the leaves away from your com­post heap be­cause it may not gen­er­ate suf­fi­cient heat to kill off the dis­eases.

And to take the bat­tle to the en­emy, spray your af­fected roses with a pro­pri­etary fungi­cide as soon as new fo­liage starts to grow.

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