Roses do incredibly well as the summer ends with colours more intense and blooms lasting longer on the bush giving an extended show. It is also a great time to plant a few new roses which can settle and establish over the next few months and outperform the rest for spring. Autumn rose care keeps the bushes stronger and able to outperform roses that are only cared for in summer.
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Deadhead as soon as the blooms fade to stimulate either new buds or to help the foliage get stronger without strength going into flowers past their prime.
Leaves that are very yellow or full of Black Spot especially at the base of the plant should be removed to limit the spread of the disease. It is almost impossible this time of the year to not have black Spot. It’s the time of the year with rain and hot days mixed which makes it rife. An every ten day spray with Rosecare will help stem the tide but not prevent it during autumn.
A last feeding for the season with BioOcean will strengthen the shrub and give better blooms to. By feeding in autumn one extends the season and will also stand them in good stead for the new spring.
If you get a few aphids this time of the year just leave them. It’s part of the organic process and they won’t cause too much damage this time of the year as they do in spring.
Plant a few new roses
It is not the most common time to plant new roses but If you do they get a chance to settle in before winter and will outperform roses planted in the new summer.
When planting roses always make sure that they are planted at the correct depth using the soil in the bag they come in as a guide. A generous hole is always a must as one only has one chance to get the base right for the years of growth expected. Add liberal Compost, Bone meal and BioGanic fertiliser into the mix. After planting the rose, Mulch with an additional thick layer of compost around the base to conserve moisture and to regulate the soil temperature around the roots. This will last right through to pruning time.
Selecting roses in autumn can be a bit different as the colours are more intense that in summer. Plan that the spring first flush will be at least three shades lighter than autumn colour.