Feeding your roses twice a year will encourage strong, healthy growth and abundant flowering. It’s a relatively quick and simple task, yet is one of the most beneficial jobs you can do to ensure that your roses are at their most healthy and floriferous when summer arrives.
WHY FEED YOUR ROSE
Feeding provides your rose with key nutrients to keep it healthy, allowing it to produce better blooms and resists pests and diseases.
There are two types of rose food - granular and foliar. Granular feeds are easy to apply as they are simply sprinkled over the soil. They slowly release nutrients over time which the rose absorbs through its roots. We recommend our own specially formulated David Austin Rose Food.
WHEN TO FEED ROSES
In late March/early April, just before the leaves are fully open. Follow immediately with mulching.
In early July, after the first flush of flowers, to encourage repeat-flowering.
Note: *Once flowering roses only require one feed per season, first feed in March/early April.
How TO FEED ROSES
GARDENER'S TIP: Do not be tempted to over-feed – this will, in fact, do more harm than good.
It is important to follow the feeding of your rose with mulching. Watch our Head Gardener Steve as he gives you all of the tips you need to successfully mulch your roses.
By following these simple steps, you will ensure your potted shrub rose gets off to the best possible start.
There are two stages to deadheading. The first is mainly aesthetic, removing the brown finished blooms so you can enjoy the remaining flowers without interruption. The second stage encourages new blooms and helps to maintain a compact shape.
Mulching is the addition of a protective layer around the base of your roses. This process helps your roses to retain moisture, suppresses weeds and provides valuable nutrients for your roses as they grow.