'Keep them flowering all summer': Garden pro on pruning roses – 'be cruel to be kind'

How to care for roses in the summer

Deadheading is an important job, but there are a number of other important jobs to do at this time of year too if you want the best roses.

Remove diseased leaves

Rose leaves can easily pick up diseases, such as mildew, black spot, and rust.

If you spot signs of any of these on your rose leaves, remove them and throw them away.


Use a rose-specific fertiliser and apply it around the roots of each plant.

Make sure to stir it into the soil and give the roses a good water.

Another suitable fertiliser for roses is tomato fertiliser, which contains a number of the same nutrients roses like.

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