Newsletters: ? talking roses in the month of Love – Feb ’18 ?


“The garden suggests there might be a place
where we can meet nature halfway. ”
Michael Pollan

In the Rose Garden with Ludwig

Life only got back to normal on January 8 with everyone returning from holiday and the schools starting. After a few very hot days, the clouds built up and some rain brought welcome relief to us and the roses.

In November and December we re-planted sections of the almost 20-year-old mother plants on our rose mile. This meant digging out old soil and replacing it with a mix of sandy clay with peanut shells, clinker ash, compost and the different types of manure we keep. They are starting to show off.

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‘Corwalles Centenary’ creates a formidable screen within 4 months of planting.

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The roots have settled a month after planting.
Now we wait for basal water shoots to sprout.

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These roses were planted at the end of November!

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‘Archbishop Desmond Tutu’ in the second row was planted in October.
What a star performer!

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These roses have also only been planted in November.
Note the free flowering ‘Eve Palmer’ in the first row.

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The re-planted roses at our entrance gate after having sorted out
the invasive tree roots with a back-actor are all very happy now!

One day I noticed that some of the newly planted roses were growing, but not flowering. On closer inspection I saw that the tight buds were ripped off their stems. My mind quickly tried to solve the riddle as to what was stripping these plants and depraving us of beautiful blooms.

We have Blesbok and Impalas walking around the farm and also monkeys, but there were no visible tracks. Then I saw a peacock feather. “Aha!” now I knew the culprit.

The damage was in his “territory”. It seems he cannot reach the higher up stems, so we will let him have his fun for now; after all it is just pinching! With the flower buds removed, the bush puts its energy into growing.

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Our peacock’s appetite for rose buds made him go on a pinching spree.
Perhaps we should include him on the payroll?

Our latest batch of trial roses that were planted in July have grown tremendously, almost too much. At the time I was concerned that we had mixed too many peanut shells into the soil. But it proved to be just what the roses liked.
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These trial roses have been in the ground for 6 months. The secret: peanut shells mixed into the soil, leaving it spongy and aerated.

Next week Wednesday is Valentine’s day! We trust that you will be able to spoil your loved one with beautiful roses cut from your garden!

If not, we will have available from most of our branches 🙂

There surely isn’t a better Valentine’s surprise on the entire planet!


Please take note of a change in time for our Summer Rose Care demo at Star Roses in Assagay on Saturday February 17.

It has been moved from 10h30 on Saturday to 10h30 on SUNDAY because of my commitment to talk about roses at the Festival in Rhodes on 15 and 16 February.

Valentine’s day at the Rose Kitchen

11, 14 & 17 February 2018

In the spirit of Saint Valentine…
this February, The Rose Kitchen is celebrating Love in abundance…
and not just on Valentine’s Day!

If you are looking to treat your loved one to something special and wish to linger and relax for longer between the roses, then you should consider booking…

Cupid’s Picnic Basket

For more info and the booking sheet, please click here!

On Saturday the 24th of February parkrun will be launched on the rose farm at Wallmannstahl in Pretoria.

We invite you to join us for a fun 5km run or walk that will start every Saturday at 8:00 am.

For further details and to register as a parkrunner click here.

There are no costs involved at all!

We look forward to seeing you for the run!

Sterre & Planete, die roos konstellasie

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Kom reis deur die ruimte saam met Hennie Maas, RSG se STERRE & PLANETE omroeper en ontdek ons asemrowende sonnestelsel en leer meer oor die roos ster konstellasie “Rosette Nebula”.

Kyk van naderby na die Aarde se son en maan, verken die planete en die Melkweg, en vind uit hoe ruimtevaarders aan boord van ’n ruimtestasie leef.

Geniet ‘n impakvolle lesing oor sterre en planete, gevolg deur aand ete van Lasagne & slaai en dan ‘n verkenning deur ‘n teleskoop in die buitelug.

Die lesing begin 18:30 in die saal by Ludwig’s Rose en daarna sal almal na buite toe gaan om die sterre hemel te beskou.

Kontant kroeg beskikbaar.
Bring jou eie verkykers ook saam as jy het!

R200 p/p

Vul asb hierdie vorm in om jou plek te bespreek.

Vir meer inligting kontak of Tel: 012 5440144

Step by Step Rose Care for February

Again, so much depends on the weather. It seems that Gauteng, parts of the Northwest, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, KZN and the Karoo had fair to good rains recently and the roses are awakening from their temporary dormancy.

It is a case of looking at each bush and deciding whether to carry out light or heavy grooming or if it is better to wait a while and see how the bushes respond and what their condition is.

The degree of grooming / cutting back depends on what you want from them in March – nice long stems and big blooms or just lots of colour.

If water restrictions are still in place, it is best to not cut. Any cut is a command to the upper eye to start sprouting and that means water. If the lower leaves on the bush are starting to dry out from the tips it is an indication of water shortage and not a disease. Such lower leaves are not very active in any case.

For the extremity of water shortage in the Western Cape, the only advice I have is to give your roses only a few liters of greywater I don’t have no more advice, but relying on the roses to survive until…

Once the roses receive enough water and are sprouting they should receive their dose of Vigorosa fertiliser.

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If there is water scarcity and your roses look like this,
don’t cut or groom at all.

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If you are able to apply water and rains have fallen,
shearing your rose bushes now will stimulate
lush new growth with buds to be in flower in March.

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The blooms of ‘Addictive Lure’ are now spent after the flush.
The remaining calyx are forming hips (fruit).
The hips will take another couple of months to ripen
and will only fall off in winter.

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By cutting back and removing the hips, the rose is stimulated
to respond with new growth and will form new shoots with buds on.

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This ‘Liz McGrath’ was left to its own devices and not groomed at all.
The plant responded with hundreds of buds on very short stems.

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If a rose bush is in a poor condition, like above,
don’t even remove a single leaf.
Each one contributes to the plant recovering.
Once the rains fall and one is able to water,
it will miraculously recover!

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The rose bush on the left did not receive any fertiliser in December.
The one on the right did.
If you see light green leaves,
it is a sign that fertiliser should be applied.

In regions that are now receiving more regular rainy days and nights, as well as mist one needs to apply Bayer to prevent diseases.  (I read this in The American Rose – Bayer because people like thinking of plant aspirin, but are terrified of chemicals.)

Of course, we talk of our cocktail which is effective, environmentally friendly and gentle.

I also read that stippling damage on the leaves is caused by the piercing and sucking of hemipterans and mites.

It always impresses me that the American’s have this ability to clearly define a thing.

Hemiptera are true bugs i.e. aphids, Cicadas or bed bugs. Hemiptera means toughened half wings.

Rose of the Month: ‘St Dunstan Centenary’ KORwintori(P)
This special cultivar was named for the centenary celebration of the St Dunstan College in Benoni.
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Related to the world famous ‘Peace’ rose it shows off with glossy green foliage and admirable blooms that start off with high pointed yellow buds that slowly unfold revealing a multitude of inner petals which take on a sheen of pink.

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They are borne on strong upright stems and remain fresh for a long period on the bush or when cut for the vase.
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The mature bush stands proudly upright to a height of 2 metres and is ideal in mixed rose beds, screening of fences or in groups of three as a focal point in a garden.

News from our Rose Centres

We look forward to welcoming you at any one of our nurseries and shops around the country this February.

Not just cut roses but also rose plants make wonderful, lasting and memorable Valentine’s presents!
Ludwig’s STAR Roses

Apparently, the roses in the region look super.

Roses and gardens have not looked so very lush in Durban for a long period

The Summer Rose Care Workshop by Ludwig has been moved from Saturday the 17th at 10h30 to Sunday 18th at 10h30.

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The gardens in and around Durban are lush and beautiful.

We have had the privilege of being able to raise R 50 064.00 through the sale of our collection of White Ribbon roses and have donated the proceeds to the various organisations. Thank you for your continued support in this regard!

May you have a marvellously, romantic Valentine’s Day!

Rose greetings,