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1)  Prepare hole by digging slightly deeper and wider than the bag.

2)  Hold rose over hole and pull rose out of bag letting the potting mix fall into the hole.

3)  Mound the potting mix and place rose on top lightly spreading the roots evenly around the mound.

4) The crown of the rose (where the branches grow from) should be level with or slightly above the ground level.


5)  Fill the hole in with soil and water well.














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2)  Prepare hole by digging as deep but slightly wider than the black bag the rose is in.

3) Using a sharp knife or secateurs, cut around the bottom of the bag and peel the bottom of the bag completely off.

4) Place the rose in the hole with bag still in place.

5) The crown of the rose (where the branches grow from) should be level with or slightly above the ground level.

6)  Slice up the side of the bag with the kife and remove the bag from the hole.

7)  Fill in the hole, firm the soil down

and water well.





Water is the most important thing your roses need to grow well. Yes more important than feeding and spraying.

The difference between a beautiful rose garden and an average rose garden is usually the amount of water they get.

All gardens are different, so there are no strict rules about how much and how often you should water your roses.

A simple test to check if your roses need water is to push your index finger into the soil near your rose as deep as you can, if it comes out dry then you need to water.

REMEMBER a well watered rose:-

 - Fights disease better, so you need to spray less often.

 - Takes up nutrients better, so fertilising is more effective.

 - Flowers more profusely.

 - Has glossy and lush green foliage.

 - Has bushier growth.


There are too numerous rose fertilisers on the market to mention and so many secret recipes, I could fill this entire website and still not list them all. Here are our recommendations for feeding, use this as a guide only, all gardens are different and require different nutrients.

    Nitrophoska Extra. Apply every 4 to 6 weeks From early Spring to late summer (September to March).

    This is a complete food containing everything the rose needs. Spread it on like your feeding chooks.

    Not recommended for roses in pots.

    Garden lime (or Dolomite lime) Apply over rose garden once every 2 or 3 years to keep acidity down. Not needed

    in some gardens. A soil PH meter is useful to determine this and is not expensive. A soil ph of between 5.5 and 7 is


We do not recommend manure. Some gardens perform superbly with manure and some disasterously. Use caution when applying manure.

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Winter Spraying:

1) Prune roses first (see pruning).

2) Spray 1 application of Super Sulphur.

3) Two weeks later spray 1 application of Kiwicare Organic Super spraying oil.

4) At first sign of new spring growth spray one application of copper oxychloride or copper kocide.


- Super Sulphur and oil must not be mixed together.

- Oil and copper can be mixed together and is often done as the oil helps the copper to stick to the roses.

- Copper washes off easily and may need to be reapplied after rain.

- Copper helps protect new growth from frosts that occur in late spring.

- When there is considerable new spring growth, stop oil and copper and start summer sprays as oil and copper may

  burn or dull the new foliage.


Summer Spraying:

There are two basic methods of spraying roses throughout the growing season.

1) Preventative Spraying - Spray regularly (every two weeks or so) to prevent disease from taking hold.

This is highly effective resulting in very clean, glossy, healthy looking roses. Use a combination fungicide / pesticide       to control a wide range of diseases and pests. We recommend "Spectrum" by Kiwicare. It is advisable to alternate 2 or 3 different types of spray to prevent a build up of resistance to the one spray.

2) Targetted Spraying - Spray your roses when they are attacked by a particular pest or disease.

 This way you can spray the most effective spray for the disease your rose has.

When your roses are clean, don't spray at all. You may be surprised by how long your roses go without showing up

any disease or pests (or not). The old addage prevention is better than cure applies here though, so be prepared to spray 2 or 3 times to erradicate stubborn diseases.

Method one is the most effective way to keep roses looking good all season long. Although it is more time consuming and costly most keen gardeners prefer this method over the second.

Method two is more for the casual gardener who doesn't mind the odd bug on their plants. You also run the risk of disease taking hold. This means the disease is stronger than the spray you are putting on it resulting in sick looking roses, even dead roses.



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