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www.times.co.nz Howick and Botany Times, Wednesday, May 22, 2013 — 17 104663-V4 111450-V4 GLOSS WHITE Also Available Other Sizes 117889-V5 Visit New Zealand’s BEST GARDENING WEBSITE The ultimate online resource for the gardening community garden-nz.co.nz Time to plant IT’S time to put the secateurs away and stop dead-heading the roses. This will encourage the plants to go into their dormant state to toughen them up against winter chills. Plant bare-rooted roses in the cooler months of May, June, July and August. Potted roses can be planted year-round. Soil should be well dug over. Blend in Debco Rose Compost and add a layer of pea straw mulch to keep the weeds at bay and to help the soil hold onto more moisture during summer. Blend in SaturAid to enable the soil to retain moisture and distribute water to the roots, boosting the roses from below the soil. Roses are gross feeders and respond quickly to applications of Tui Rose Food at planting time and again in summer and autumn. Sprinkle the food around the drip line of new and existing plants and water into the soil. On exposed sites, add a layer of rose compost around the base of the plants to keep the roots cool and the worms fed. Winter pruning should be done in July or August, once the plants have become fully dormant. Pruning any earlier in milder climates can stimulate new growth which could be damaged by frosts. SPECIAL ROSES ■ Mum in a Million: Great choice if Mother’s Day was overlooked. Bright pink, old-fashioned looking, quartered bloom and packed with perfume. ■ Ginger Kisses: This new rose has intense, old-fashioned style russet orange blooms. As the fruity- perfumed flowers age, they develop pink tones. ■ Pope John Paul II: A new, pure white hybrid tea rose due to appear later in spring. With its strong upright and uncompromising habit, it lends itself to mass planting. WIN A ROSE CARE KIT Our Homes TODAY has a rose care kit prize pack. The prize includes two packs of Debco Rose Compost and a 5kg pack of Tui Rose Food valued at $50. To enter the draw, tell us which new rose lends itself to mass planting. Write the answer, your address and daytime phone number on the back of an envelope and post to Win A Rose Care Kit Competition, Times Newspapers Ltd, PO Box 259-243, Botany, Auckland 2163 or enter online at www.times. co.nz. Entries close at noon on May 27.
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