Ruedi and Vivienne Etter’s wonderful Swiss Rose Garden Nursery.
38 Wollaston Avenue,
Haynes (Armadale) 6112
Landline:  (08) 9399 1880
Mobile:  0419 969 302
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Rose Care


Now is the best time to purchase our new season rose bushes. At this time of year all varieties are available, and Spring is a good time to plant roses. Refer to our Rose 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 are available from our nursery.

Look out for Aphids, and as the weather warms up, Thrip insects as well. Effective sprays are also available from our nursery.


Maintain your healthy, newly planted roses by ensuring they receive sufficient water, approx. 10 litres per day during their 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. Fertilizer is available at our nursery.


Autumn is a rewarding time for rose growers, with the flowers are at their best as the weather begins to cool.

Prune any dead head roses and watch out for Black Spot on the leaves.

Spray a suitable fungicide, available from our nursery, during late March and April.

Don’t worry about spraying for Black Spot after April, as spraying in Winter after pruning will be more effective. Black Spot is common on the ageing 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 and refill top soil with sheep or cow manure, ensuring 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 at our nursery but bookings are essential.

Our Guide to

Rose Planting

Establish a hole

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.

Blend Potting Mix

Mix together 2 parts topsoil, 2 parts compost, 1 part manure. Alternatively buy a Soil improver, Landscaping or Rose Soil mix from suppliers. Approx. 100 litres per hole is recommended.

Layer the hole

A layer of manure can be placed at the bottom of the hole. Once laid along the bottom, fill the hole with your blended pot mixture.

Fertilize At Roots

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

Soak Your Soil

Make sure you soak the soil thoroughly and lightly compact your potting mixture.

Plant Your Roses

Plant your rose bush in the mixture, with the surface of the plant even with the surface of the prepared area, e.g. Graft union about 5 to 10 cm above soil level.

Water Daily

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

Admire & Enjoy

Enjoy your beautiful new roses!