Fragrant hybrid tea roses
Roses have been on
the earth for millions of years but only started to grow in
popularity in the 1970's. It is only thanks to the work of rose
breeders that they have become one of the most popular plants
for the garden.
Roses needn't be
difficult to grow. Here are some simple rules:
- Avoid 'replant disease' – don't plant
roses where roses have been planted before.
Choose your roses carefully – some can be very large. Ensure
that the rose will have enough space to grow or they will get
out of control and cannot be pruned correctly
Roses need at least a few hours of sunlight each day.
Roses like good soil – add plenty of fertiliser (manure is
popular) when planted. Feed again in March and again in June.
Keep them well watered
Spray every 2 weeks to keep aphids, black spot, rust etc at bay.
Pruning will ensure healthy new growth each spring. The amount
of pruning will depend on the rose:
Repeat flowering bush or shrub roses will be cut back by a third
Non-repeat roses should be left or lightly pruned.
Climbers are pruned by reducing flowering shoots to 3 or 4 buds.
Ramblers are pruned to restrict their growth if they go where
they shouldn't in which case they are pruned like climbers.
E W Morse