Easy DIY advice on how to raise healthy, hardy rose bushes using natural methods.
They may seem like fragrant, fragile flowers but despite the delicate petals and romantic reputation roses are hardy survivors.
One of the most versatile plants in the garden, they can be planted as standards, trained up a wall, used as hedging or grown in window boxes.
The flowers come in a variety of brilliant and beautiful colours from vibrant crimson and deep red to pastel pink, orange, yellow and bright white.
Once they’re established roses are pretty tough but the key to growing disease-free blooms is managing and preparing the soil efficiently.
Synthetic quick-release fertilisers create a quick burst of new growth that attracts large numbers of pests.
Organic methods ensure the proliferation of various natural micro-organisms essential for healthy soil and plants, plus attract beneficial visitors like bees, ladybugs and birds.
Skipping the chemicals also saves money as organic fertilisers can be up to 50% cheaper and the sprays are mostly homemade.
TIP Organic sprays also help deter pests and make roses less prone to drought.