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Leggy Roses


By Fifi

North Yorkshire, United Kingdom Gb

I have inherited two roses they are terribly leggy. The steams are really thin and spindly. What can i do they look awful. I've taken the dead heads off and there is no sign of illness.



If you prune them right back to about 4" for each branch you will be doing them a big favour and they should reward you next year with plenty of healthy growth and flowers.

28 Aug, 2008


Don't forget to feed them in the spring!

28 Aug, 2008


Nariz, Thank you So 4'' from the out going branches not the main one they really are pathetic at the mo even the flowers are looking poor.

Muddywellies what a good name and apt for the weather at the mo. Do i feed them a rose feed or a general can you recommend any? Thanks for your help.

28 Aug, 2008


Mulch around them in the spring with well-rotted manure if you can get some, or home-made compoat mixed with some chicken manure pellets. OR blood, fish and bone sprinkled round is good. Then feed 3-weekly during the growing/flowering season. You can buy rose food to water on, or just use the b. f. and b. again.

28 Aug, 2008


Got lots of Compost we have a big green composter which we inherited with the house all ready full so that was a bonus i'll give that a go. Can i just ask why blood and bone? Never heard of this before.

29 Aug, 2008


It's an excellent organic powdered fertiliser. It seems to suit lots of plants, shrubs and trees and give them a 'boost'. You'll find it at Garden Centres and DIY stores in large boxes.

29 Aug, 2008


thanks for that i will have a look

30 Aug, 2008

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