Monday, February 25, 2008
Roses do grow in Zimbabwe!
Even an almost indigenous garden needs some roses! I would be lost without mine - almost always in flower and blooms available for cutting. I always find that home grown roses last longer when cut than the bought ones!
During February one should water the roses as necessary - even if we have had above normal rainfall this year once the rain stops the roses need their moisture!
A thick mulch of well decayed animal manure ( your home made compost will do ) should be applied. Keep away from the plant stems.
This is the time to spray or dust, if you must, against blackspot.
Lightly dig in any old mulch if it has been compacted by the heavy rain.
Cut off any dead heads or dead wood to encourage new growth - happy rose growing!