Selecting Climbing Yellow Roses:
I always get a little excited when it comes time to talk about yellow roses, mainly because of all the varieties I've seen over the years, the yellows seem to strike me the most. It's hard to explain why, yellow is such a simple color and far from exotic like so many other rose varieties out there. However all I have to do is venture out into my garden in the spring time to see my yellow roses and plants, and instantly you get a feeling of enjoyment. Yellow is such a powerful color in any garden!
Choosing climbing yellow roses is not difficult as you have a variety of choices to pick from. If you are looking for English roses, you can choose either the Graham Thomas or the Teasing Georgia climbing roses. Both are exceptional growers that produce a lot of wonderful blooms. Malvern Hills roses are another option if you are looking for a shorter climbing rose. If you like yellow roses that get really big, take a look at the Lady Banks climbing roses, and best of all, they are thornless! You might also want to take a look at the Casino rose, as well as the Golden Showers. Both of which are excellent choices.
Growing Climbing Yellow Roses:
Growing your yellow roses is not difficult and while some varieties are a little pickier than others, you can usually adopt the same tips and techniques as you would for growing any other type of rose. The most important decision you make in the life of your yellow roses is where to plant them. The whole reason we plant roses in the first place is to have them explode with color and blooms and to brighten up our gardens. In order for them to accomplish this task, they need a lot of sun light!
A good rule of thumb for sunlight is at least 6 hours each day, and this applies to most plants that bloom. If you can give them more however, all the better, and they will reward you for it. You also need to make sure that you give your climbing yellow roses a location that has very good air circulation and soil that drains well. If roses stay wet for too long, they tend to become susceptible to diseases and pests.
Planting Climbing Yellow Roses:
Planting your yellow roses is very easy and just about anyone can pull this job off with just some simple hand tools. Before you get started, I highly recommend that you take a trip to your local garden center and purchase a bag of organic compost. It's relatively inexpensive and if you mix this with your soil at a ratio of 2 parts soil to 1 part compost, you are going to really give your roses a great start in their new home. No matter how good you may think your soil is, it can always be made a little better!
If you purchased your climbing yellow roses from an online retailer, then chances are you received your roses as a bareroot plant. If so, then you will need to dig a hole that is plenty wide enough so that the roots lay in naturally and don’t have to be forced around the hole. You should also dig it deep enough so that you can mound up soil in the center, and have the bud union about an inch or two below the surface of the surrounding soil.
If you got your roses locally, then they probably came in a 2 gallon container and all you need to do is dig a hole that is the same depth as that container, and about twice the diameter. Once your plant is set, back fill the hole about halfway and then water it down thoroughly before back filling the rest of the way. Once the hole is filled, water it well again to ensure that all the loose soil has settled down around the roots. This helps to eliminate any air pockets that might have been created during planting.
Caring for Climbing Yellow Roses:
No matter which of the climbing yellow roses you choose, you can follow some basic practices to help keep them healthy and strong for years to come. The first suggestion is to adopt a regular watering schedule. In most places a good thorough watering once a week is sufficient unless you live in an unusually hot and arid region, then you may need to step it up to every 4 to 5 days. Just check the soil around the base of the plant every so often to determine how much you need to water them.
Another great tip for caring for your roses is to give them a generous layer of mulch. Surprisingly, I find mulching to be one of those steps that many people overlook when growing roses. Mulch serves a variety of purposes, such as helping to keep the soil temperature cool, retaining moisture, and creating a barrier between your plant's leaves and the surface of the soil where pests and diseases can thrive.
Pruning Climbing Yellow Roses:
Pruning climbing roses is a little easier I think than pruning shrub roses. For the most part the process is simple, you start off by removing any canes that are dead or look diseased. Then you start pruning for shape and training around whatever support you are using. If you need a cane to grow a certain way, then prune it back to the nearest bud facing that direction.
Pruning is usually done in late winter or early spring, before the leaves begin to form. This makes it much easier to see what needs to be cut away. Once you are done pruning your roses, make sure you dispose of the cuttings and any old leaves around the base of the plant. Leaving these lay around could risk exposing your healthy plants to diseases or pests that love decaying material.
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