- Water at ground level and deeply. Don’t soak the leaves. You’ll get black spots from the sun burning the petals. Better to water once a week really deep than surface watering every day.
- Black spots? They say one tablespoon esach of baking soda and dish soap in a gallon of water will do wonders if sprayed on the leaves.
- If aphids appear, spray your buds with a strong stream of water.Or use a very diluted soap solution (1 tablespoon dish soap to a gallon of water). If you want to get out the big guns, acquire some ladybugs and release at night to keep most of them in your yard. They think aphids are scrumdidleeishous.
- Add fiber and stay loose. In spring, work into the soil some peat moss or compost along with some sand (coarse is best) to keep it loose.
- Personal attention. Withered leaves and petals need to be picked off and removed from the area.
- Keep it simple pruner! Prune 1/4″ above an outward facing bud. Your blade should be sharp. Get rid of those suckers down below. Always cut off the suckers, they grow just below the bud union; follow them down to where they begin and carefully remove them to encourage strong new growth.
Remove dead petals and flowers.
Prune off suckers
More detail coming…