Raised in the USA and released by Swane’s Nursery, this sensational rose will surely play a competition with the old, very widely grown ‘Blue Moon’ rose and most likely come out the winner because the flowers are very sturdy and long lasting on the bush or in a vase.
Neptune has a mass of strong luscious lavender/mauve petals with just a touch of darker purple at the very edge and the blooms are large on long strong stems.
The bush is extraordinarily healthy with lush, dark green and very disease-resistant foliage with make a lovely foil for the lavender blooms.
- Strong luscious lavender/mauve with darker purple edges
- Very highly fragrant, large blooms
- Long lasting on the bush or in the vase
- Sturdy bush to 1.2 metres with disease-resistant foliage
The generally sunny, dry and hot conditions of the Australian garden are particularly well suited to planting roses and roses flourish in our gardens when you take measures to provide the following:
WATER – Roses are very deep rooted plants and require one good, deep soaking at least every 10 days in hot and dry conditions.
FEED – Because roses flower throughout all but the Winter season, they should be regularly fertilized with quality (preferably organic) fertilizer which contains a balance of major nutrients (NPK) and trace elements. The fertilizer should be applied at least once a month – small amount often – with fortnightly applications of liquid seaweed over the foliage.
PRUNE – During Winter, 70% of the rose plant should be pruned and all old wood removed back to the crown and the bush pruned to shape.
During the flowering seasons, 25% of all flowering stems should be cut back after flowering to encourage strong re-growth.
MULCH – Particular attention to application of lucerne or pea straw directly around the root-zone of each rose will enhance the overall health of the rose and then the whole bed should be mulched to 75mm with any other mulch medium available.