There Are Good Reasons For The Organic Care Of Roses Without Using Chemicals...
I never spray my roses
and they have all survived so far! Of course I see greenflies or
other pests on them occasionally but usually nature will take its
course and sends some beneficial creatures along that will feast on
If we run out with a
spray, be it organic or not, and kill the pest no 'good' insect
population will have a chance to survive. Our short-sighted
interference will backfire on us and the result will be more and more
pests! A few greenflies won't kill a healthy rose bush...and in my
opinion if it dies ....quite frankly...my garden is better off without it. It is obviously
too weak to survive!!
How To Grow Roses That
Are Strong And Healthy
Secret No 1: Choose the
right types of roses. Healthy roses have a good natural disease
resistance and are not prone to fungal problems like mildew or black
spot. The right choice is half the battle.
Secret No 2: Good
nutrition is important for us and for plants! Feed your plants with
good compost and a trace mineral rich organic fertilizer for optimum
Secret No 3: Choose the
right location! Plant in a sunny to partly shaded spot with free
draining soil. Avoid full shade.
Secret No 4: Add
organic matter to your soil and keep a thick layer of mulch around
your rose bushes. This will ensure a biologically active soil that
will be able to deal with disease causing fungi.
Best Types Of Roses For
There are many disease resistant rose varieties
available nowadays from heirloom roses, wild roses or modern hybrids.
What works best in my garden are Rugosa roses and their hybrids.
These make fairly big shrubs with lovely scented flowers all summer
followed by big orange rose hips in late summer and autumn. Just be
careful: the Rugosa hybrids are grafted and won't spread but the wild
Rosa rugosa will spread with suckering stems and will take over big
Another healthy type
are the Flower Carpet Roses or Knockout Roses. They have good disease
resistance and are very low maintenance. These are available in many
There are many other
varieties that are good and healthy. Make sure you read the labels
carefully and pick rose varieties that have won awards where plant
health is an important factor. Choose varieties that suit your growing and climate conditions.
These roses are easy to grow in any garden! We love them because they grow so well in our coastal garden in the south-west of Ireland. Click on the images to check them out.
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