West Midlands, United Kingdom
Help desperately needed from avid gardeners!
I had a slight accident in March and have only now been able to get back into the garden, added to which I have been told that I need to dig up several prized plants (don't ask!). On having a look round to plan the task I have noticed that all the new roses I bought last year, including my favorite David Austins, have rampant fungus - not black spot but similar. My question - to save these roses from imminent death by crushing, will they be ok if I prune them back very harshly and repot into plants until renovation work is done. If so, then would it be prudent to douse new potting compost they go into with Jeyes to stop this fungus in its tracks? I appreciate I will lose a season of flowering but thats better than losing the roses. Also, I have a philaelphus that needs to be moved, 6 years old and quite large. Will the same method work - ie pruning down quite low and moving into pot temporarily? This all needs to be done by 1st week in June so a hasty answer would really be appreciated! :)
- 25 May, 2012