rose care


Seasonal Rose Care | Rose Planting Guide


  • Now is the best time to purchase our new season rose bushes. At this time of the year all varieties are available , and the spring is a good time to plant roses.  Refer to our planting guide for correct soil preparation.  Well prepared rose beds will produce better, long lasting  plants.
  • Fertilize your established rose bushes with a complete rose fertilizer, and newly planted roses with a slow release fertilizer both  available from our nursery.
  • Look out for Aphids and as the weather warms up also Thrips.  Effective sprays are also available from our nursery.


  • Maintain healthy, newly planted roses by ensuring they receive sufficient water, approx. 10 litres per day during the first summer.
  • Look out for Spider mites and spray if necessary.
  • Bud grafting takes place in the nursery during the summer months.  Orders need to be placed now for unusual varieties or specific standard roses.
  • Dead head and summer prune your roses to ensure flowers keep on blooming.
  • Fertilize your roses with our complete rose fertilizer every  8 weeks from Spring, summer and into autumn.  Available from us.


  • A rewarding time for rose growers as the flowers are at their best as the weather begins to cool.  Dead head roses and watch out for Black spot on the leaves.
  • Spray a suitable  fungicide, available from us, during  late March and April. 
  • Don’t worry about spraying for black spot after April, as winter spraying, after pruning will be more effective.  Black spot is  common on the aging leaves of roses as they go into the winter dormancy period.


  • Pruning your roses is the main task during winter, however roses should not be pruned before the month of July in the Perth metro area, later in cooler areas that are susceptible to frosts.  Tidy up rose beds, top dress with sheep or cow manure, but ensure that manure stays away from the stems and the graft is not covered.
  • Spray with a winter fungicide immediately after pruning whilst the plants are dormant.
  • A Professional Pruning Service is available through our nursery but bookings are essential.

Rose Planting Guide

As recommended by the Swiss Rose Garden Nursery.

1. Dig a hole 60cm wide and 60cm deep. If the topsoil is useable, separate it from the sand as it can be re-used in the hole.

2. Mix together a mixture that contains 2 parts topsoil, 2 parts compost, 1 part manure or buy a Soil improver, Landscaping or Rose Soil mix from a Landscape supply place. About 100 litres per planting hole is recommended.

3. A layer of manure can be placed at the bottom of the hole and then the hole filled with the above soil mix.

4. Place one handful slow release fertilizer at 20cm depth from the top where the roots of the newly planted rose will be situated.

5. Soak the soil thoroughly and lightly compact.

6. Now plant rose in this mix with surface of the plant even with the surface of the prepared area eg. Graft union about 5 to 10 cm above soil level.

7. Water every day for the first six month from October onwards up to 10 litres per day during warm weather is recommended for strong deep root development.

8. Enjoy the beautiful roses!

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