AUGUST - ROSE ADVICE
You can still continue to order and receive container/potted Bush roses by mail order throughout the year, this includes Climbing and David Austin Roses but excludes Standard Roses, potted roses are being supplied within 1-2 days of ordering. Alternatively you can order bare-root roses to be supplied by mail order (including Standard Roses) from November to March, this is the cheapest way of buying our roses, which will flower as normal next summer.
Unfortunately due to extremely high delivery charges and likely damage in transit overseas we are unable to supply container roses by mail order to the EEC, you can however continue to order your bare-root roses for supply from November to March, Our apologies for any inconvenience caused.
Roses in the Garden (U.K), What needs doing!
Prepare the ground well for any new potted roses you are planning to plant by ideally digging out the hole ready a few weeks before and adding plenty of well rotted manure or compost into the bottom of the whole and forking in well, you can now plant roses where there were roses planted before by adding some mycrorrhizal 'ROOTGROW' into the base of the hole and ensuring that the rose roots come into contact with the friendly fungi, see the 'Rose Related Products' to order and for more information, ROOTGROW will benefit all newly planted roses. Full planting and aftercare instructions are supplied with all our roses when dispatched
Keep newly planted roses watered until well established in the ground or container especially important during prolonged dry weather spells.
Your roses will be in active healthy growth and flowering, dead head after flowering and when the whole of the flower truss has finished flowering prune back top growth to 1-2 leaves below the flower truss, If you have not yet given your roses a second feed, feed now with a hand full of granular rose feed around the base of each rose and water in if condition are dry.
Continue to tie in or support any long new growth on Climbing Roses.
Watering of established roses is not essential, but will strongly improve performance, best time to water is early morning avoiding the leaves and splash back onto the foliage as wet leaves encourage diseases to spread.
It is recommended that you continue to spray your roses with a fungicide/insecticide at 2 week interludes alternating the active ingredients used each time (check product label).
Roses in Patio Pots or other containers should be watered every day during hot dry weather.
The warmer weather will also encourage greenfly and other pest populations, it is recommended to spray your roses every 2 weeks with a alternating with a different products such as UNCLE TOM'S TONIC, SULPHUR ROSE, SB PLANT INVIGORATOR available from Style Roses Sundries Web page to avoid resistance build up to the chemical in the plant .Prevention is better than cure, so be disciplined and spray regularly before you see problems! Do not spray during hot sunny weather as this will also scorch healthy growth, spray before mid-morning or in the evening if hot, leaves should be dry during spraying and for a few hours after. ALWAYS READ AND FOLLOW LABEL INSTRUCTIONS, WEAR APPROPRIATE SAFETY CLOTHING AS ADVISED ON THE LABELS AND ALWAYS GIVE CAREFUL CONSIDERATION TO WIND DIRECTION, NEIGHBOURS, PASSING PEOPLE OR ANIMALS, WILDLIFE AND FISH BEFORE YOU BEGIN SPRAYING. .
At this time of year, Powdery Mildew is often triggered in some varieties brought on by hot and humid conditions a powdery white residue can be seen on new leaf growth and although sometimes unsightly and difficult to control, it will not actually do any harm to the rose and following the above spraying recommendations and colder wetter weather will help the problem disappear. Uncle Tom's Tonic is strongly recommended as a foliar spray. to help combat the problem , planting in an open, exposed airy position will also help greatly with this problem.