Tyne And Wear, United Kingdom
I have a mature floribunda rose bush in my garden. I've followed Alan Titchmarsh's advice and pruned it over the last two years to create an open vase shape. However the new growth produces long stems which initially look nice but when flowers appear many of them hang upside-down with the weight. Is there any way I can prevent this from happening by pruning in a different way? Or do I need to prop these stems up with canes which wouldn't look very good...
Also, I've noticed some circular holes in some of the leaves and some new growth is covered in greenfly or aphids. I've tried wiping them off and spraying them with soapy water (which I heard was a good trick) but it hasn't been especially effective. Does anyone have a cheap and effective way of getting rid of these pests?
Any help would be most appreciated,
On plant Floribunda rose
- 16 Jul, 2011