rose laureates

Rose Laureats the rose of gratitude for great achievements Receiving a rose is one of the highest natural honors that can be bestowed upon a person.  For the symbolism of the rose is of the highest order,  We, the Ludwig’s Roses family, see and celebrate our gratitude to those who strive for the greater good […]


Highlights of the World Rose Convention held in China 2016. Photos by Ludwig Taschner  


by Ludwig Taschner Just like playing cricket, rugby, soccer, golf and tennis and taking cats, dogs, rabbits and doves to be judged in shows was developed in Great Britain so was the exhibiting of roses.  Playing soccer, golf and tennis were adopted in most countries of the world, whereas cricket, rugby, cat, dog and rose […]

Pernicious scale

Introduction Pernicious scale is a sedentary sucking insect that inserts its tiny, straw-like mouthparts into the bark of rose stems, weakening growth and reducing sap flow. In extreme cases, whole stems can die-back but in small, isolated numbers they do not pose a real threat to the rose. Their presence is a sign of plant […]

Spider Mite or Red Spider

Introduction Spider mites are small arachnids related to spiders and are common in hot and dry conditions. Roses under heat and drought stress are particularly vulnerable to attack, special attention should be given to roses in pots during particularly hot periods to avoid infestation. This pest feeds and breeds on the underside of rose leaves. […]


Koinor is a systemic, contact, suspension concentrate insecticide for the control of various pests on plants. Its active ingredient is: Imidacloprid (chloronicotinyl) 350g/ℓ. It is easily applied as a drench. It is effective! Introduction Aphids, also known as greenfly and blackfly, are sap-sucking insects found on the roses’ soft new growth throughout the growing season. […]

Arranging with roses

Using garden roses for bridal bouquets Our ‘Antico Moderno’ roses mixed with hybrid teas and miniatures make for stunning table arrangements Vegetables & fruit make for interesting flower holders Using ‘greys’ as props and fillers All floral work done by Ludwig’s Roses. Contact: Kora at 012 544 0144 or email for inquiries.

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Cutting & arranging roses

Cutting & arranging roses is easy. Ensuring a supply of rose blooms for home decoration is often a major incentive to gardeners to plant roses. Any of the various groups of roses can supply cut flowers, but the queen of cut flowers is the Hybrid Tea, which guarantees classically shaped blooms on long-stems. Alternatively, for […]

Heritage Roses versus the modern Hybrids

A presentation by Ludwig Taschner at the La Motte wine estate during the Open Garden season in Franschhoek 2014 I grew up with “Old roses”.  My home town was, and still is surrounded by a magnificent mixed forest with Oak trees many hundreds of years old. Dog roses (Rosa canina) grew on the edges of […]

Point System on exhibition roses

JUDGING ROSES form & size and substance of individual stem  30 pts Colour, freshness, brilliance and purity             30 pts Stem and foliage                                                  15 pts  Balance                                                                15 pts  Presentation                                                        10 pts  TOTAL                                                                  100 pts Pyramid shape of a hybrid tea bloom Cut a straight stem and not ‘Stem on Stem’ […]

Thoughts on Exhibiting Roses

by Ludwig Taschner Just like playing cricket, rugby, soccer, golf and tennis and taking cats, dogs, rabbits and doves to be judged in shows was developed in Great Britain. So was the exhibiting of roses. Playing soccer, golf and tennis were adopted in most countries of the world, whereas cricket, rugby, cat, dog and rose […]

Plant Nutrition and Chlorosis

Article of Plant Nutrition and Chlorosis by Ludwig Taschner The inexplicable chlorosis that often occurs with rose plants triggered off my thinking and a bit of research. Why would roses be perfectly happy and have dark green leaves up until their first flowering and then produce chlorotic new growth with the sprouting of new leaves […]

Koinor for control of thrips

KOINOR active ingredient is imidacloprid This synthetic derivative of nicotine is a systemic insecticide that translocates to all parts of the plant when applied as a drench over the rooting zone or when sprayed on leaves of the plant. When drenched, it gives protection against small insects for a growing season or about 6 months. […]

Gallery of Weddings & Functions at Ludwig’s Rose Farm

View the magic of moments of love and romance in our gallery of weddings & functions at Ludwig’s Rose Farm. Halmar & Vanessa’s Wedding at Ludwig’s Rose Farm Jana & Malcom’s Wedding at Ludwig’s Rose Farm EXXARO’s Award Function at Ludwig’s Rose Farm Kara’s Wedding Lize and Jaco’s Wedding Malcom and Jana’s Wedding Marike and […]


Enjoy the serenity of the rose gardens of Italy through our beautiful images. Ninfa – just outside Rome        Carla Fineschi Rose Museum – near Arezzo La Foce – near Montepulciano Gardens of Tivoli View from the Villa near Pienza    

Travel Gallery

Visit distant lands or countries near coloured with roses in our travel gallery. All photos by Ludwig & Anja Taschner Persia Italy China


Text & images by Ludwig Taschner My impression from a Rose Tour in May 2014 through Persia or as it is correctly known as the Islamic Republic of Iran. I thoroughly enjoyed the the masses of roses growing all over Persia. The idea was to find and look at historic roses. We, 39 members of […]

Finger Pruning

Although finger pruning it is not a MUST it has so many benefits for Hybrid Tea bushes! It should be carried out on HT’s in mid to end September in accordance to climate and sprouting advancement. Ideally just before flower bud formation which can be felt in the tip of the new shoots. When the […]

Winter Pruning Aftercare

Aftercare Winter pruning stimulates root activity and sprouting of dormant eyes. The speed of development is partially dependent on temperature, but also on the water and nutrients available. It is obvious that watering and feeding should commence fairly soon after pruning has been completed. Water the bed or soil around the rose bushes thoroughly, especially […]

Spanish Garden Design

For Ludwig’s Roses by Emma Brown Beautiful pines, graceful ferns, and sun-soaked piazzas make the Spanish garden one of the most serene and blissful, crafted to make the most of the generous sun but with graceful interludes of shade. A delicate blend of open spaces, cool sanctuaries and artfully balanced detail and simplicity, it’s one of […]

Winter Pruning

Roses rejuvenate themselves by producing new stems from the base on a regular basis. Left unpruned, roses eventually carry out their own pruning by not nourishing the thinner inside growth, which slowly dries out completely and dies. In this case, new basal stems either push their way through the dead growth to flower higher up […]


Introduction Aphids weaken and destroy plants by sucking out the life-giving sap from leaves, stems and fruits. Plants attacked by aphids get yellow leaves and start to wilt, slowly dying. Aphids are also transporters of viral and bacterial plant infections. Description Aphids, also known as plant lice and in Britain and the Commonwealth as greenflies, […]

What could be wrong with my roses?

WHAT IS WRONG WITH MY ROSES? Whenever one thinks that the roses in a garden are not growing well or do not look healthy or even abnormal it is best to correctly identify the problem and the cause before attempting to spray with a pesticide. Very often it is a growing problem that reduces the […]

Downy Mildew

Introduction Downy mildew refers to any of several types of oomycete microbes that are obligate parasiteof plants. Downy mildews exclusively belong to Peronosporaceae. Downy Mildew is not as widespread and much more dependent on ideal temperatures and moisture conditions to cause devastating results on roses. Description Downy Mildew symptoms occur on leaves, stems, peduncles, calyxes […]


Introduction Ludwig’s Roses on: Rust is a disease caused by the parasitic fungus Phragmidium tuberculatumand and some other closely related species. It is specific to roses, and appears in spring and persists until the leaves fall. Susceptibility to rust varies widely among rose cultivars, and most modern roses are resistant to rust. Rose rust is the […]