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poisoned rambling rose

I had a rambling rose that unfortunately got poisoned. (Dont ask ).It was a very overgrown rose. Alot of the stems and part of the bush has turned brown and can be cracked off since the poison. In parts of the bush it has been cut down to a foot off the ground. Do I cut the rest of the rose bush down to this level ? Also, just wondering now if there is any hope of reviving this rose and what should I do ? springmind, Dublin, Co Dublin Posted: 03/09/2011


Presumably the poison was a weedkiller. If so, there is nothing to do except to wait and see how the plant recovers. Apply no fertiliser of any kind and cut away nothing that is not obviously dead.

Rose bushes are very resilient and often recover in a year or two.


feeding roses

I have recently planted climbing roses at the back wall in my garden and have feed the soil around the roses with organic farmyard manure, can you please tell me how often I should do this and at what time of year. Tammy, Mulhuddart, Co Dublin Posted: 31/07/2011


Too much manure will make roses soft, leafy not flower as much and be more prone to disease. Us esome potash as well. Wood ashes contains about 5% potash, which is a useful amount and can be applied at about 100 to 200g per square metre.


banana skins

I feed my roses with chopped banana skins my queston would banana skins be harmful to my buxus plants ardbeg, dublin, Co Dublin Posted: 06/01/2011


Banana skins contain small amounts of potash and this a useful food for most plants, although most garden soils are already sufficiently fertile.


horse manure

I got a delivery of fresh horse manure two weeks ago I have it covered and was told that it will be ready to use between 3-6 weeks. Can I believe that? I saw very fresh manure covering rose bushes in Phoenix Park yesterday so maybe its ok to do it. shirley1, Clondalkin, Co Dublin Posted: 09/02/2010


Fresh horse manure will not break down that quickly and it needs to be well rotted for use on a vegetable garden, though less well rotted for use on blackcurrants, raspberries and rhubarb.

 It should not be used on other fruits, but could be used on roses, although it tends to make them soft and prone to blackspot disease if too much is used, or if it is not balanced with potash.


is tea really good for roses?

I have got some rose bushes and would like to know if cold tea is really good for roses?. maryf, drogheda, Co Louth Posted: 22/07/2009


Cold tea, and used tea bags, are often used on house plants and roses. Both contain quantities of the nutrient nitrogen and this encourages leafy growth, which can dispose roses to blackspot disease and greenflies.

It would be better used on rhubarb or blackcurrants, or scattered over a compost heap. 



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