brought some new David Austin roses last year, and this year they
are growing really well and look healthy, but for some reason the
flowers seem to be "droopy" and not a firm stem. Is there something
wrong with them lack of water, or something else? The flowers
are really good-looking apart from being droopy.
could be a number of reasons for this happening. Roses require regular
watering at least 2-3 times a week. Deep watering is preferable
to light sprinklings so that the roots penetrate deep down into
the soil and do not remain on the surface. Mulching in spring and
autumn will also help keep the soil cool and moist. Even though
we have had a bit of rain lately, the ground does dry out in a matter
Roses are gross feeders
and so require regular fertiliser applications during spring and
summer. A specially blended rose fertiliser is best.
If it isn't feeding and
watering, then it could be the weather conditions we have been experiencing
lately and a lack of sunshine hours.
by Dr Dan Blanchon from Unitec's Diploma in Sustainable Horticulture and Bachelor
of Resource Management.
with permission from NZOOM Home and Garden content,
from the previous
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