Advice & Tips

Rose Planting Guide

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Roses are particularly easy to grow being tolerant to hot and cold climates. They flower for around nine months of the year and may last for thirty years. Roses can be plantedĀ  both in winter (Bare Root), or grown in a container at anytime – Spring, Summer or Autumn.

Plants must be well drained, and watered well whilst growing. Roses thrive in full sunlight with a minimum of five hours required each day for best results.

Roses should never be fertilizer at time of planting.

Best time to plant roses:
Bare Rooted: June to Mid September
Potted: March to December

WARNING: DO NOT PUT ANY UN-DECOMPOSED COMPOST OR ARTIFICIAL FERTILIZER INTO HOLE OR NEAR THE ROOTS.

Rose Pests & Diseases

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To keep your roses looking their best, we suggest that regular spraying of your plants to control pests and disease is highly essential. Here is an easy to follow spray programme that will help in the control all grubs, beetles, aphids, black spot, mildew and scale insect

WEEK 1. Spray with mancozeb, carbaryl and rogor. Or alternatively use Yates Rose Gun or substitute.

WEEK 2. Check for any pests and if any found, repeat week one, if none detected, no need to spray.

WEEK 3. Spray with Triforene or use Yates Rose Gun.

WEEK 4. Check for pests – grub, scales and aphids, etc. If any detected, spray with Malathon.

WEEK 5. Should be at the end of the month, return to week 1 and follow through programe again.

Always follow directions on pack for rates and pests controlled.

Note – Mancozeb can be substituted with Kocide or Copper Oxychloride.

If any further help is needed, please contact us we are more than happy to help.

10 Tips to Successful Rose Growing

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1. TIME - Spend time caring for your Roses. Growing roses is a time consuming passion, that will reward you with lots of wonderful flowers. You should allow at least 1 to 2 hours per week for an average sized garden of 10-15 plants to carry out all the required maintenance tasks.

2. SOIL - Roses prefer a well drained soil, preferably sandy loam with a PH of 6.5. Most poorer soils can be improved to accommodate roses. NB – Always check soil PH level at least 4 weeks prior to planting and then once or twice per year there after to maintain correct PH level. Never plant new roses in freshly composted or manured beds. This should be done 8-10 weeks before planting.

3. LIGHT - Roses require at least 5-6 hours of full sunlight per day. Plant a minimum of 3m – 4m away from large trees and palms to avoid root invasion and shading from sunlight by tall trees. Afternoon shade is OK and in most cases beneficial on hot summer afternoons. Where possible, position rose gardens on the north – eastern side of your house for the best results.

4. SPACE - Do not over crowd rose gardens with annuals, other plants or shrubs. Roses grow best when planted in a bed of their own. Plant roses at least 90cm. apart and follow planting guides when planting new roses.

5. MULCH - Keep surface of rose bed well mulched, with either Lucerne hay, straw, grass clippings, old dry natural cow manure or woodchips, BUT NOT pine bark. Mulching keeps weeds away and in summer, retains moisture and prevents heat burn from loose soil.

6. NUTRIENTS - (Fertilizer) Roses will only grow as good as you feed them. Fertilize in Spring, Summer and Autumn with 60-70 grams / sq. m. of Nitrophoska Rose Food. Three weeks after each application, you should apply some organic fertilizer such as Dynamic Lifter or Organic Life, to maintain correct Ph. levels and to avoid soil burn out. Pamper your roses weekly in summer with liquid fertilizer such as Phostogen or Fish Emulsion. This promotes strong healthy growth of foliage and flowers and helps plants to resist attack from pests.

7. WATER - Deep water root systems by soaking soil with a sprinkler on well established plants for about 1Ā½ – 2 hours every fortnight, or as required – depending on the weather conditions. In windy, dry conditions, you should be prepared to check the soil every couple of days to ensure that moisture is still present in the soil underneath the mulch. Water only if soil is starting to dry out.

8. SPRAYING - Regular spraying is essential for a healthy rose garden. Spray roses every two weeks to PREVENT Black Spot and other fungus diseases before they occur. Inspect the flowers and leaves weekly for signs of any pests, that would damage the Leaf system. Common and most damaging to roses are Aphids, Mites, Thrips, Scale, leaf eating beetles and caterpillars. Use only recommended rose sprays and chemicals on targeted Pests. Always follow directions on pack when using sprays and fertilizers

9. PRUNING - Hard prune bush roses from mid July to early August to promote strong Spring growth. Light prune again in mid March to remove any dead or spindly twigs, (but leave on any new strong growth) for a vigorous Autumn flush.

10. HYGIENE - Maintain your rose garden in a weed and pest free environment. Do not allow near-by plants and gardens to harbour pests. Regularly remove old dead flower heads and diseased leaves to promote fresh new growth. A healthy root and leaf system are essential to obtain, a beautiful flourishing Rose garden.

Queensland Top 30

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We have complied a list of good hardy gardening varieties that grow and flower well in the warm QLD climate

RED: American Home , Courage , Europeana , La Marseillaise , Roundelay , Riverview , Samantha

PINK: Carina , Duet , Peter Frankenfeld , Pink Roundelay , Savoy Hotel , Simply Magic , Mary Rose , Jadis

BI-COLOUR: Blue River , Headline , Paradise , Seduction , Debut , Princess De Monaco , Carefree Wonder

OTHER COLOURS: Elina , Gold Bunny , Iceberg , Pascali , Sunblest , Zonta , Scentimental , Brilliant Iceberg

Fragrant Roses

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A common question that is frequently asked – “What happened to the roses with perfume?”. Well, they are still around, and listed below are a few of the most lovely perfumed roses available in Australia today. We trust that this list will help make your selection easier.

RED: American Home, Camp David, Charles Mallerin, Mister Lincolm, Oklahoma, Nocturne, Papa Meilland, Summer Fragrance Mirandy, Miriana

PINK: Aotearoa, Charm of Paris, Jadis, Mother’s Love, Olde Fragrance, Perfume Delight, Perfume Perfection, The Children’s Rose, Your Garden, Violina

ORANGE / APRICOT: Dolly Parton, Duftwolke, Harmony, Super Star, Yesyeryear

WHITE: White Christmas, White Lightining, Jardin De Bagatelle, K.A. Victoria, Valeire Swain

MAUVE: Shocking Blue, Blue Moon, Vol De Nuit, Angel Face, Love Potion

YELLOW: Friesia , Sutter Gold , Diamond Jubilee , Mabella , Northern Lights

BI-COLOUR: Double Delight , Fragrant Plum , Givenchy , Granada , Joyfulness , Scentimental