Roses are a group of ornamental plants that vary from erect shrubs, climbing or trailing stems that are usually armed with sharp thorns. The rose is grown for its beauty of fragrant showy flowers ranging from white through yellows and reds. Roses vary considerably in size from compact miniatures to climbers that may grow beyond several metres. Roses are usually grown as a feature in many home gardens but also serve an important role in commercial perfumery and cut flower production.

  • Plant & Growing Tips:

    Select an open sunny position that provides at least 6 hours of sunlight per day.

    Roses grow best on their own in groups or in specific beds.

    Prepare the rose bed well prior to planting.

    To allow easy access around your roses, limit the size of the rose bed.

    Avoid planting beneath any trees as roses do not like competition of other tree roots.

    When planting, ensure the bud union is above ground level (approx. 3cm).

    Spread roots out in the base of the plant hole.

    Strong supports are essential for standard or weeping roses as the "head" can become rather heavy. Always drive the stake into the hole first so you do not damage the roots.

    Good drainage through the soil is essential for roses.

    To test your soil if it has suitable drainage - dig a hole 30 x 30 x 30cm, pour 4 litres of water. If the water remains in the hole an hour later, this suggests unfavourable conditions.

    Roses will grow well in containers or pots given some basic care. Re-pot container grown roses every 2nd or 3rd year (in late winter).

    The preferred planting time is the dormant season between June and August.

    Space roses apart adequately to provide plenty of air circulation to prevent disease. Miniatures (0.5m), Floribunda, Patio & Ground Covers (1 - 1.2m), Hybrid Teas & Shrubs (1.2 - 1.5m).

    Water well during planting time. Ensure to provide a good soak during the summer months every 5 - 7 days.

    To induce vigorous spring growth, prune 60% of the bush in the winter to open up the centre of the plant.

    Invigorate the bush and encourage a strong flush of autumn blooms by pruning 40% in summer. (Blooms should appear within 6 - 8 weeks).

    Improve growth of your rose and encourage more flower production by picking blooms regularly.

    Check for pests and diseases on a regular basis (Black spot is a major rose disease).


  • Fertiliser Applications:


Please note that the above information and recommendations are provided in good faith and are given without liability for loss or damage suffered as a result of their application. Optimum response to fertilisers will only be achieved when weeds, insect pests and diseases are controlled and adequate soil water is available.

Fertiliser use recommendations are presented as a practical guide to good agronomic practice under most situations. Local soil, climatic and other conditions should also be taken into account as these could affect plant response to fertiliser rates and applications.

For further information we recommend you seek advice from your local agronomist.