History of Golden Scepter Roses:
The hybrid tea rose Golden Scepter was first bred in 1950 in the Netherlands by Verschuren, and later introduced to market in the United States by Jackson & Perkins. Verschuren started breeding roses in the Netherlands back in 1875. This variety was created by crossing the Golden Rapture rose with a generic seedling. The result is a deep yellow hybrid tea rose that has a strong rich fragrance and beautiful blooms.
The blooms on Golden Scepter roses are of a typical size for hybrid teas, about 4 inches in diameter and they will be somewhat full, having as many as 40 petals per bloom. The plant itself will stay somewhat compact, only growing to heights of about 4 feet tall with a somewhat narrow width. You will most commonly see this rose grown in warmer climates where it tends to do a little better. If you try to grow the rose Golden Scepter in a colder region, you should provide it with freeze protection in the early spring.
Growing Golden Scepter Roses:
Growing the rose Golden Scepter is fairly easy for most gardeners and especially those who have a little bit of prior experience growing roses. If you are new to roses, then there are a couple things you should keep in mind. One of the biggest decisions you will make in the life of your roses is where in the garden you choose to grow them. Roses require a lot of sun light if you want them to give you the best performance possible. For this reason you should try to provide them with no less than 6 to 8 hours each day of direct sun light.
You also will need to grow your Golden Scepter roses in soil that drains well. This is very important towards keeping your roses strong and healthy. This is also a very easy thing to accomplish because there are a wide range of soil mixes available on the market today. You just need to choose the one you prefer the most. Another big factor in selecting a location is keeping your roses exposed to the natural air currents in your garden. I see a lot of growers plant their roses in sheltered locations and then wonder why the plants tend to not do well. Try to avoid this mistake.
Planting Golden Scepter Roses:
Getting your rose Golden Scepter into the ground is a rather straight forward matter and most folks can get the job done with great results with little more than a few basic hand tools. If you bought your rose from a local nursery, then chances are it was already planted in a container for you and probably ready to bloom. These are the easiest to get into the ground. Dig your hole at least twice the diameter of the container and equally as deep. This will keep the bud union at its current depth while giving you plenty of room around the roots for your soil mix.
If you bought your Golden Scepter roses online, then there is a good chance that they shipped them to you as bareroot plants, which is not at all uncommon. You should first soak these overnight in a bucket of room temperature water prior to planting day to rehydrate the roots. 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 about an inch or so below the surface.
Once you have your rose Golden Scepter set in place, spread the roots out in all directions around the mound and then back fill the hole about halfway to start, using your soil mix. Then take the garden hose and water the loose soil heavily until it flows around the roots like mud. You can then continue filling the hole the rest of the way. Give the soil one more deep watering and be sure to top off any final settling that may occur. This method should make sure that you don’t get air pockets under the soil.
Depending on your climate, you may want to mound up some fresh mulch around the exposed canes of the plant, just until new growth has formed. This will help prevent the canes from drying out.
Caring for Golden Scepter Roses:
Taking care of the rose Golden Scepter is a simple task and once again any prior experience growing roses will certainly come in handy here as well. The biggest thing you will need to worry about is making sure that your roses have ample moisture while taking care not to overdo it. For most mild climates this amounts to about one deep watering per week. If you live in a hot or dry climate however, you may want to check your roses every couple of days.
You also should give your Golden Scepter roses a dose of a granular all-purpose fertilizer in the spring time when you see the leaves start to form. This will get your roses off to a great start. Like most hybrid tea roses, this one is also a repeat bloomer so it will benefit from additional feedings over the course of the growing season. I will usually give my roses their second feeding immediately following the first big bloom, and then a third feeding sometime around the middle of the summer to encourage late season flushes. Your rose Golden Scepter will do well on this schedule also.
Pruning Golden Scepter Roses:
You should prune the rose Golden Scepter in the very early spring before the leaves start to form. Start by removing all the dead and discolored wood from the plant and set your cuttings aside. Next, prune back any overlapping lateral canes from the plant so they do not compete for sun light once the leaves fully open. Lastly, give the remaining canes a cut back by about one third to promote new growth.
This is also the time to clean up around the base of your Golden Scepter roses to get rid of all the dead leaves and debris that might have collected there over the winter. Throw away all of this material in the trash along with your cuttings. Never let dead matter lay around your roses. Finish up your pruning by giving your rose Golden Scepter a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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