Ludwig Taschner
3 minute read
24 Nov 2019
10:24 am

Tips to help your roses beat the heat

Ludwig Taschner

A bucket of water per rose twice a week delivers 10 to 20 litres, which is more than adequate.

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Intense heat, hot nights, and late rains that are a week or more apart. Is this the new normal for growing roses? The heat has speeded up reflowering. I have noticed that it takes only a month from cutting back to new blooms, compared to well over two months from winter pruning to the first flush. How does that change the way we grow roses? Build strong roses Fertilising is even more important than before, otherwise the roses will quickly become starved of nutrition, which affects their growth and flowering. Once a rose has produced flowers it prefers to go...