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Roses – how to survive a hot summer

Tuesday 28th November 2023

We have had a successful year growing roses after a difficult start.  Having had several telephone conversations with our rose growers, “feed and water regularly” was the advice.  All roses in pots must not dry out at all as this stresses the plant out and then it is prone to black spot and weak growth.  We watered heavily every day through the summer and fed them every six weeks using both a slow-release fertilizer and Uncle Tom’s Rose Tonic.  We used the rose tonic for the first time in late summer and, within two weeks, we could see the difference it made to the plant.  Next year we will use this on a regular basis.

If you buy a plant, try and plant it in your garden as soon as possible.  In the past, you could leave the pot by your back door for a month or so before planting.  However, with the summers being hotter and drier, if you leave it for more than two days without water it will start to suffer.

I would love to hear any feedback from other gardeners on feeding and watering.

Rosa ‘Alberic Barbier’


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