Dream about a garden filled with fragrant, budding roses? Follow Jo Smart’s great tips here:
1. Water often
Deep watering two to three times per week is vital, and probably the most important thing for roses.
2. Protect them from bugs
Twice monthly I spray with fungicide, and an insecticide mixed with a sticking agent to prevent it being washed off by rain. This is vital to create hardy plants, especially in a damp climate.
3. Give them a boost
Use compost twice a year – at the beginning of the growing season, and again in January.
4. Feed them monthly
Fertilise roses once a month during the growing season. I like to use a slow-release organic fertiliser such as Accelerator which contains chicken litter.
5. Give them space
Roses hate to be crowded; make sure that roses in mixed beds have enough space. And remember to dead-head as often as possible.