Roses are among the most popular plants around, and it’s not hard to see why. In addition to the tradition of roses across the past 5000 years of cultivation, the rose has a beautiful perfume and color. For cut flowers they are hard to beat. Roses require the right attention however; a little TLC has great rewards.

Fertilize and Mulch

In winter you should try and prune roses (as well as plant them if you need to plant more) to remove any dead wood, and shape the bushes, as well as encourage new growth. This is important. It is also important to fertilize twice a year, once in early spring, and then again in mid-summer. Rose foods are available, but if you are growing citrus you can double-up and use citrus food as this will suffice for roses.

If you want to get the very best results, mulching is another important factor. A number of leading gardeners have recommended using pea straw, or lucerne. Lucerne is available in small bales, which expand when placed on the garden. You can but both these at the local nursery, they will range between US$7 – US$10.