Do roses benefit from occasional deep watering in summer, or does it make them grow too tall?
I am confused about this because David Austin Roses once advised me that if my bushes were growing a bit taller than they were supposed to, it may have been because it was a wet summer or that I had watered them too much. And yet Alan Titchmarch in July's edition of BBC Gardeners World magazine suggests giving established roses a good soak at the roots once or even twice a week in a hot, dry spell. What should I do? What sort of watering regime really suits roses best during their growing and flowering season? Help much appreciated.
- 18 Aug, 2009