Let’s not forget to care for our roses during the autumn months. Give them some TLC to get them safely through the winter and ensure they’re healthy, vigorous and full of flowers next year.
Snip off any soggy, shriveled blooms to prevent rot setting in. But just remove the petals from any that are starting to form hips, so you can enjoy their winter display. Pick off and bin any remaining foliage that shows signs of disease, such as blackspot, mildew or rust.
Pick off and bin any remaining foliage that shows signs of disease, such as blackspot, mildew or rust. Also collect any infected leaves that have fallen on to the ground, as these can carry over diseases from one year to the next. Prune out dead, damaged or crossing stems from shrub roses in autumn. Aim to create an open centered framework to encourage good air-flow through the plant. Shorten the stems of tall bush
Shorten the stems of tall bush roses to reduce wind-rock during winter storms, as this can loosen and damage the roots. Cut stems just above an outward-facing bud wherever possible.
Thin out the heads of standard roses. Their rounded heads can catch the wind and even snap off completely in a severe storm.
Autumn is also a great time to plant roses and get them settled before they go dormant for the winter months. This way they will be ready to burst to life and give you a great spring display. We have a new range of roses now in stock that are dying to make a home in someone’s garden. As there are so many varieties we try to get a varied range but if you can’t find what you are looking for then we will try our best to get it for you. Happy gardening!!