Crocus roses were first bred in the year 2000 in the United Kingdom by David Austin. David Austin is one of the world’s premier rose hybridizers and his creations are sold in most of the majors countries worldwide. This particular rose was created by crossing the Golden Celebration rose with an unnamed seedling. The result is a classic white rose that produces wonderfully full blooms.
The shrub rose Crocus will produce blooms that are about 3.5 inches or so in diameter and as I said previously, they will be very full roses that carry upwards of about 40 or more petals each. The fragrance on this rose is fairly subtle, having a mild tea fragrance. The plant itself will grow upwards to about 4 feet tall or so, at full maturity, with a width of just a little less than that. Like many of David Austin’s creations, the rose Crocus is also a repeat bloomer if properly cared for over the growing season.
Growing the rose Crocus is not a hard thing to do and if you have any past experience growing and caring for roses, then you should not find it all that difficult to grow this one. The biggest decision you will have to make in the life of your roses is where in your garden you plan to cultivate this lovely plant! Roses typically will need an awful lot of sun light if you want them to perform well and this one is certainly no exception. Try to select a location that gets no less than 6 to 8 hours each day of direct sun light. If you can provide it with more, then that is all the better.
You also are going to have to grow your Crocus roses in soil that drains very well. I am often surprised at how many times I see growers make this mistake, mostly because it is so easy to overcome. If you take a trip out to your local garden center, you will likely find a wide variety of soil mixes that you can choose from, some of which will be designed specifically for growing roses. Select the one that best meets your needs and use that one. Your rose Crocus will absolutely thank you for it!
Getting the rose Crocus into the ground is not a difficult task and you will find that you can get the job done very well with just a few basic hand tools. How you go about planting your roses does depend a little bit on how you originally purchased them. If you bought your roses locally, then they probably already had it established for you in a container and ready to bloom. These really are the easiest types of roses to plant. 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 its original planting depth.
If you bought your Crocus roses online, then there is a good chance that they may have shipped them to you as bareroot plants, which is not all that uncommon. The day before planting day, you should first soak the roots of these plants in a bucket of room temperature water. Then dig your hole as wide as the longest roots on the plant, 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 you have your rose Crocus 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 your garden hose and water the loose soil heavily until it flows around the roots like mud. Then you can finish fill the hole the rest of the way. Give the loose soil one more heavy watering and be sure to top off any final settling that might occur. This method should make sure that no air pockets have formed around the roots of the plant.
Taking care of the rose Crocus is pretty straight forward and not unlike taking care of other roses. 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 amounts to about one deep watering per week. If your climate is unusually dry or hot, then you should probably check your roses every 4 to 5 days just to be safe.
You also should consider giving your Crocus roses a dose of a granular all-purpose fertilizer in the early spring when you see the leaves begin to bud. This will help get your roses off to a fast start. Like many of David Austin’s roses, this one is also a repeat bloomer so it will benefit from a few additional feedings over the course of the growing season. I usually give my roses their second feeding as soon as they have finished their first big bloom, then a third feeding sometime around the middle of the summer to encourage late season flushes. Your rose Crocus should do nicely on this schedule also.
You should prune your rose Crocus in the very early spring, after the weather starts to warm but before the leaves begin to open. This just makes pruning so much easier. Start by removing all the dead and discolored wood from the plant and set your cuttings aside. Next, prune back any overlapping lateral canes so these do not compete for sun light once the leaves fully open. Lastly, give the remaining canes a cut back by about one third of their current height. This will help promote new growth.
This is also the best time to clean up around the base of your Crocus roses and get rid of all the dead leaves and debris that tend to collect there over the season. Throw away all of this material in the trash, along with your cuttings. Never let dead matter lay around your roses as it can quickly turn into a breeding ground for pests and diseases. Finish up your pruning by giving your rose Crocus a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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