Monthly Rose Guidelines

Monthly Rose Guidelines

January
· Water 3 times a week or more
· Carry out summer pruning
· Spray fortnightly against black spot, beetles and bollworm. Check for red spider
· Fertilise
February
· Dead-head and disbud
· Water 3 times a week
· Fertilise
· Spray fortnightly against black spot, beetles and bollworm
March
· Spray fortnightly against black spot, beetles and bollworm
· Dead-heading will encourage flowering until winter
· Water deeply at least twice a week
· Fertilise
April
· Dead-head
· Water twice a week in cooler weather
· Feed for the last time until July
· Spray fortnightly against black spot, beetles and bollworm
May
· Dead-head
· Water twice a week
· Spray if necessary
June
· Transplant roses if necessary
· Water once a week but complete before noon
· Leave old flowers on bushes – i.e. do not dead-head
· No fertilising or spraying required.
July
· Transplant roses if necessary
· Water once a week
August
· Prune this month
· Feed after pruning and water in well.
· After pruning, spray bare stems to kill insect eggs and fungus spores
· Loosen the soil. Apply fertiliser and add a 5-8cm layer of mulch
· Increase watering to twice a week
September
· Pinch-prune about a third of the shoots
· Increase watering to at least twice a week
· Fertilise
· Spray fortnightly against aphids, thrips, bollworm and powdery mildew. If you drench now with Koinor, this will last until winter and will eradicate aphids
October
· Pick blooms. Dis-bud
· Fertilise
· Increase watering to three times a week – water deeply
· Spray fortnightly against powdery mildew, aphids, beetles and bollworm
November
· Water 3 times a week or more
· Spray fortnightly against black spot, aphids, beetles and bollworm. Check for red spider
· Continue dis-budding and deadheading
· Fertilise
December
· Spray fortnightly against black spot and insects. Check for red spider
· Continue dis-budding and dead-heading
· Water 3 times a week or more
· Fertilise

Indigenous plants of Southern Africa