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Post by supergran on Thu 20 Aug 2009 - 16:21

What can I do to strengthen or thicken up the stems of my rose bush, the heads of the roses are so big that they are bending over the stems and when they get rain on them it is worse they are so heavy, I have 16 flowers on it at the moment, I am so pleased with it and the perfume is to swoon for.

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Post by Lorraine on Thu 20 Aug 2009 - 21:31

Nothing at the moment, Billie.

In October prune the roses back by about 1 ft which will strengthen them through the winter and then, in March, prune them right back to about 8 - 12 inches from the ground to outward facing buds. They'll grow back stronger and bushier.

Many people prune their roses completely in October, but I don't like to do that as I think it's too much of a shock going into the cold weather. Each to their own, of course.

So, it's your choice whether you do it in October, half and half or all in March, but whichever you choose, it's what has to be done. Oh, and don't feed them anymore at all until next spring either.

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Post by lyndaejane on Fri 21 Aug 2009 - 14:40

I was taught to do the "winter" prune in December, and try and cut the rose back to about 18" high - this is supposed to stop the winter winds from pulling the plant by its roots. Then, in March, prune down to the lowest outward-facing bud.

When you dead-head, again prune down to the lowest outward-facing bud - that will stop them getting too leggy during the summer.

Quite similar to Lorraine, but a bit different. Maybe we can be a bit more cheeky with them in the south!

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Post by supergran on Fri 21 Aug 2009 - 15:30

Okay thanks, I was not dead heading far enough down, and the back garden gets a lot of wind it is like a wind tunnel.

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Post by Lorraine on Fri 21 Aug 2009 - 15:35

If you do get lots of wind, Billie then take them down a bit further, like Lynda said.

As to time of year, you'll have to make that decision 'cause no way would I prune in December (mind you, that might be 'cause it's too darned cold for me out there, lol). The latest I would do it is when all flowers have finally died and that should be end sept/beg oct.

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Post by lyndaejane on Fri 21 Aug 2009 - 18:10

It's probably warmer where we both are, Lorraine - we get roses (just odd ones) well into the winter. So Billie might be able to do hers later like I do.

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Post by supergran on Fri 21 Aug 2009 - 21:08

As Lynda says they last a bit longer here I still had one on the bush at Christmas.

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Post by Lorraine on Fri 21 Aug 2009 - 21:10

Well, there you go then. Smile

Prune as per instructions but later in the year.

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Post by supergran on Sun 23 Aug 2009 - 21:08

I was watching Lewis tonight and it was said in there that putting bicarbonate of soda in the soil helps to strenghten growth and helps keep away disease, has anyone heard this ???

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Post by kimb on Mon 24 Aug 2009 - 9:29

google it billie ,,it just may come up ,ivenot herd it though but on some programmes they do give hints n tips like that dont they

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