Constance Spry roses were first bred in 1961 in the United Kingdom by David Austin. In case you have never heard of David before, he is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading hybridizers of roses. You will find his many wonderful creations in most major countries around the world. This particular rose was created by crossing the Belle Isis rose with the rose Dainty Maid. The result is a classic soft poink shrub rose that has a nice mild myrrh fragrance.
The rose Constance Spry will produce blooms that are about 4 inches in average diameter and they will have a subtle myrrh fragrance. The plant itself will grow quite tall if allowed to, as much as 10 feet tall at full maturity with a width of just a little less than that. The rose Constance Spry can be trained to be a climbing rose so make sure that you choose the location carefully for this one. This rose is somewhat susceptible to rust and mildew so give it some extra attention.
Growing the rose Constance Spry is really not hard to do and if you have any past experience growing roses, then you should not find this one to be all that challenging. The biggest decision you will make in the life of your roses is where in the garden you choose to grow them. Your roses will need a lot of sun light if you want them to perform well and this one is no exception. Try to select a spot in your garden that receives no less than 6 to 8 hours each day of direct sun light, but more is even better!
You also will need to grow your Constance Spry roses in soil that has very good drainage. This is a very common thing amongst roses but it is also one of the most overlooked aspects. Roses that are grown in poor soil will not only under-perform like most plants, but they also tend to become weak and sickly. If you are not sure about the quality of your growing soil, take a trip to your local garden center and pick up a bag of soil mix that is designed specifically for roses. That will take a lot of the guesswork out of it and your rose Constance Spry will thank you for it.
Getting your rose Constance Spry into the ground is not difficult and most growers can get the job done easily with just a few basic hand tools. How you plant your roses does depend a little bit on how you originally purchased them. If you bought your roses locally, then they probably already had them planted for you in a container and ready to bloom. These are the easiest roses to get planted. Dig your hole at least twice the diameter of the container and equally as deep. This will give you more than enough room around the roots for your soil mix while keeping the bud union at the same depth.
If you bought your Constance Spry roses online, then they may have shipped them to you as bareroot roses, which is not uncommon. You should first soak the roots of these overnight in a bucket of room temperature water, prior to planting day. Then dig your hole as wide as the longest roots and deep enough to allow you to set the plant on top of a mound of soil while keeping the bud union no more than an inch or so below the surface once planted.
Once you have your rose Constance Spry set in place on top of the mound, spread the roots out in all directions and then back fill the hole about halfway to start, using your soil mix. Take the garden hose and water the loose soil heavily until it flows around the roots like mud, then you can finish filling the hole the rest of the way. Give the soil one last heavy watering and top off any settling that may occur but do not tamp down the soil. This method should make sure that you do not get air pockets around the roots of the plant.
Taking care of the rose Constance Spry is pretty straight forward and once again, any past experience you may have growing roses will certainly come in handy here as well. You will need to make sure that you are providing your roses with enough water and nutrients, while taking care not to overdo it. For most climates this usually amounts to about one deep watering per week. You may need to check your roses every 4 to 5 days if you live in a hot and dry climate.
You should consider giving your Constance Spry roses a dose of a granular all-purpose fertilizer in the spring when the leaves begin to open. Most of David’s roses are repeat bloomers but unfortunately this one will give you one stunning bloom in the spring or summer and then that is it so make the most of it! You can continue to give your rose Constance Spry additional feedings of fertilizer throughout the season but they generally will not lead to additional blooms.
You should prune the rose Constance Spry after the plant has finished flowering for the season. You want to start by getting rid of all the dead and discolored wood from the plant and set your cuttings aside. Never, prune back the overlapping lateral canes so they do not compete for sun light when the leaves fully open. Lastly, give all the remaining canes a cut back by about one third of their current height. This will promote new growth.
This is also the best time to clean up around your Constance Spry roses and get rid of any debris that may have collected there. Throw all of this material away in the trash, along with your cuttings. Never let dead matter lay around your roses or it can turn into a breeding factory for pests and diseases. Finish up your pruning by giving your rose Constance Spry a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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