- In the rose garden with Ludwig
- Rose Care for January
- Rose of the Month
- News from our Rose centres
“There’s so much to appreciate about my life every single day, and I make a big point of taking time to smell the roses and noticing how lucky I am. I never want to take that for granted.” Josie Maran (model and actress)
In the Rose Garden with Ludwig
Happy Spring day! The 1st of September. Spring is here and we can look forward to a whole new season of rose magic – colour, fragrance, beauty!
It was with considerable trepidation that we listened to the weather forecast that predicted a very cold front in mid-August. Owing to the high temperatures in July, the roses had sprouted strongly and even made leaves. Fortunately, for us here in Gauteng and surrounds there were just three uncomfortably cold days that barely reached minus degrees in the early mornings.
In any event, the short new red shoots are pretty tough! It is when they stretch and the flower buds start forming that they become sensitive to frost. But even then, they recover easily.
Most of our roses were pruned late July and they would not have been affected anyway. With the days becoming markedly longer and with higher temperatures, they are making up for the delay.
Roadside ‘Iceberg’ roses that have not been pruned this winter are still in full bloom. Full kudos to this remarkable rose!
‘Iceberg’ in full flower at the end of winter on Sephako Makghato drive.
Due to the early, out-of-season sprouting one can expect a good number of the volunteer blooms to be deformed. Mostly on varieties that have full petalled blooms. They are usually born low down on the bush and have very short stems. It is not a disease at all and they are best cut or broken off with the upper two leaves as soon as noted. The next sprouting will be normal.
Deformed, volunteer blooms often appear at the beginning of the season. They can simply be cut off.
In March we launched a competition where readers were asked to dream up a name for this novelty that will be released this spring.
Most participants saw ‘Strawberries and Cream’ in between the petals. We will keep the winning name a secret till October when we launch this bright, exciting Floribunda!
Readers that sent their suggested name will receive a complimentary voucher to collect a plant at any one of our rose centres by e-mail. The winner will receive 50 plants to create a bed that will stun any onlooker.
Join us for an inspirational, fun and informative demonstration on how to coax your roses into developing top quality blooms, but also into a prolonged and continuous flowering cycle.
Attendance is FREE of charge and booking is not necessary.
You are welcome to bring your gardener.
Let us show you how easy it really is!
STAR | Sat 2 14h00 & Sun 3 Sept 10h30
EGOLI | Sat 9 Sept 10h30
FARM | Sun 10 Sept 10h30
PETORIA EAST | Sun 10 Sept 14h00
Big RED BARN | Sat 16 Sept 10h00
WINELANDS | Sat 16 10h00 & Sun 17 Sept 10h30
CAPE TOWN | Sat 16 Sept 14h00
Our Rose Garden Bus Tour to gardens in Johannesburg is scheduled for Saturday 14th October, leaving from our EGOLI branch in Glenferness at 8h30 sharp.
The gardens we are visiting are special and will be inspirational to see.
A packed lunch will be provided as well as refreshments for enjoying at your leisure in any of the gardens. The cost is: R350.00 To book contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
October Spring Rose Festival on the Farm
This year our Spring Festival spans from the weekends of the 30th of September to the 8th of October. The roses will be at their ultimate peak and visiting the farm will be a sight to behold.
From the 7th to the 8th we will be hosting a special Rosé & Roses experience that will focus on wine tastings among the roses from various Wineries. A fun filled outing that promises to elate your senses.
Step by Step Rose Care for September
The new, soft sprouts and foliage are the juiciest and tastiest food for insects that prey on roses. Drench with Koinor during September and be sure to chase them away for the whole season.
The winter rains have arrived in the Western Cape. They may not be sufficient to relieve the water restrictions but enough to let the roses sprout in the gardens. Coupled with coldish weather, there is the possibility of Downy Mildew fungus as well as insect damage to the new foliage. If this rain holds it is safest to spray weekly, alternating with our recommended Cocktail and Rose Protector.
The most relaxing task in the rose garden is to inspect and observe the sprouting of the different roses and carry out finger pruning – pinching out the tips of a third of the new stems on the Hybrid teas. This is a multipurpose practice.
- It provides more green leaves earlier to activate additional root development.
- It prolongs flowering on the bushes.
- It shortens or alleviates the time in-between flowering flushes.
- It prevents the cutting of too many long-stemmed blooms at once.
The flower bud on this short basal is best snapped off to encourage quick re-sprouting.
One simply nips it out with two fingers.
2 weeks after pinching the leaves have expanded, become green and re-sprouting of the two top eyes has started.
The disbudding task is ongoing from now until full flowering. It is carried out so that only the prominent terminal bud is favoured. Allowing it to become bigger and more beautiful. It is specially done for blooms that are likely to be cut for the vase or even for rose competitions.
Most Hybrid Tea’s sprout side buds that should be dis-budded. Floribundas are left to form candelabras.
Basal stems that have sprouted should be pinched. It avoids wind breakage and provides quality blooms for the rest of the season. It is best carried out when the lush thick stems reach knee height. Nipping out the tip of such shoots will do. If not caught in time and the stem has started to make a flower bud, cut back with a few leaves. If they have started to make a candelabra nip or cut out the terminal bud or centre or even the three centre stems. It will serve the same purpose and provide flowers quicker.
Harsh pruning stimulates new basal sprouting. The watershoots are good. They rejuvenate the plant.
At knee height they should be finger pruned.
If you did not get around to aerating the compacted soil around the roses, later is better than never. If you find that the knobby base, which is actually the bud-union, sticks out well above the ground, it is good practice to fill up the bed or around the bush with extra soil mixed with compost. But check first, and if there are already new eyes sprouting from the base be careful not to bury them at this stage.
The soil level is depleted and compacted in rose bed. The bud unions are exposed.
The soil is deeply loosened with a fork, then a thick layer of compost and peanut shells are added and mixed in well.
Be careful not to break off these sprouting eyes, which will rejuvenate the plant.
Watering – when during day or night, how often, how much is the question we are asked most often.
It really makes no difference at what time it is carried out. The problem comes in when the leaves remain wet for many hours. In our climate this seldomly happens, except during prolonged rainy periods.
How often depends on availability, cost and soil structure. During the growing season, at least once a week, deeply penetrating watering is the minimum.
Every second day in summer is advantageous. Every day a little and once a week lots is a good option option.
To determine how much should be applied, one needs to assess what is required for the water to get to the roots of the roses.
This trickier when a thick mulch has been applied or dense under plantings grow around the roses. Most mini sprinkler systems are set to run for 5 to 10 minutes at a time which very often is not enough.
We use and sell micro sprinklers that jet the water in a downwards cone shape. It quickly penetrates the soil and seeps down to the roots of the roses. We have found that it truly is an effective way of irrigating as it is specifically targeted to where the water is needed. There is no wastage.
They are super easy to install. One can connect them to an existing irrigation system or fit a connection that your hosepipe clicks on to.
Downward spraying micro jets are the best thing you can do for your roses!
A bed of roses fitted with downward spraying micro jets!
Roses of the Month: Icegirl Panarosa TM KORmistiana
‘Icegirl Panarosa’ creates a panorama of perfectly shaped, medium sized, highly fragrant buds and blooms. The flowers appear from low down right up to the tip of the 3 metre tall by 2 metre wide bush. Eco-chic fungus disease resistant leaves guarantee that this tough rose will make a prominent statement in your garden without any fuss.
The rose of the month is available from all our rose centres at a reduced, promotional price.
Look how the bush flowers from right down low on the plant.
Fanned out against a fence.
Look how easily the second flush sprouts, each new shoot carrying a fresh new bud.
News from our Rose Centres
Spring Rose Care workshops and finger pruning demonstrations
I will be giving demonstrations around the country throughout this month. The demos are free and there is no need to book.
Ludwig’s Rose Farm
Spring care and finger pruning workshop on 10 September at 10.30 am.
Ludwig’s Pretoria East
Spring care and finger pruning workshop on Sunday 10 September at 2 pm.
Ludwig’s Big Red Barn
Spring care and finger pruning workshop on Saturday 16 September at 10 am.
Ludwig’s Roses EGOLI
Spring care and finger pruning workshop on Saturday 9 September at 10.30 am.
Ludwig’s Roses Winelands
Spring care and finger pruning workshop on 16 September at 10 am, and on Sunday 17 September at 10.30 am.
Ludwig’s Roses Cape Town
Spring care and finger pruning workshop on Saturday 16 September at 2 pm.
Ludwig’s STAR Roses in Hillcrest, KZN:
Spring care and finger pruning workshop on Saturday 2 September at 2 pm and Sunday 3 September at 10.30 am.
Thank you for reading our newsletter. Happy gardening!