Golden Showers Roses

History of Golden Showers Roses:

The rose Golden Showers was first bred in 1956 in the United States by Dr Walter Lammerts. Dr Lammerts was a successful rose breeder in the 1940's and 50's. This rose was introduced to market later that year by Germain Seed & Plant Company. Golden Showers was created by crossing the Charlotte Armstrong rose with the climbing Captain Thomas rose. The result was a hardy yellow climbing rose that produces absolutely huge blooms averaging up to 6 inches in diameter!

Golden Showers roses will grow about 10 feet to 14 feet tall and spread out to widths of about 6 feet across. The giant yellow blooms are somewhat full and will contain as many as 30 petals each and carry with them a fragrance not unlike licorice. The rose Golden Showers is tolerant of shady locations and it has a strong resistance to diseases that normally afflict rose bushes. This rose makes a great choice for growing around and around a deck or porch pillar, and this variety will thrive in zones 3 through 10.

Growing Golden Showers Roses:

The rose Golden Showers is a repeat bloomer, which means if you give it proper care, it will provide you with multiple flushes over the course of a single growing season. This is a unique type of rose bush in that it will do quite nicely if the location you select for it gets partial shade throughout the day. Rose in general however will almost always do better if the location you select for it gets exposure to direct sun light for most of the day. If you are looking to get the most possible blooms that you can from your roses, you should select a site that gets a minimum of 6 to 8 hours each day of direct sun light.

If you are able to find a location where your Golden Showers roses get the full morning sun light, this is most preferable as that will help to dry out the morning dew quickly and keep the leaves dry and healthy. Roses also should be planted in soil that is well drained. If you are thinking about planting your roses in a location that tends to stay damp for long periods of time, they most likely will not do very well and you could be plagued by problems.

Planting Golden Showers Roses:

Planting the rose Golden Showers is not at all difficult and just about anyone can get the job done in an hour or two with just a few basic hand tools. The first thing I always suggest growers do before planting is take a trip to the local garden center and pick up a bag of a good organic compost. When you dig your hole, mix in the compost with the loose soil at a ratio of 1 part compost for every 2 parts soil. Your roses will love it and establish themselves very quickly.

How you go about planting your Golden Showers roses depends in part on how you bought them. If you picked them up locally, then chances are all the guesswork was done for you and they were already established in containers. These are the easiest to plant. You should dig yourself a hole that is at least twice the diameter of the container that the plant came in, and equally as deep. This will give you ample room around the root ball for your new soil mix, while still keeping the bud union at its current depth.

On the other hand, if you bought your rose Golden Showers from an online nursery, then it was probably shipped to you as a bareroot plant. These may look intimidating but don't worry, they are not hard to plant either. You should first soak the plant overnight in a bucket of lukewarm water, prior to planting day, to rehydrate the roots. Dig a hole that is as wide as the longest roots, and deep enough to allow you to set the plant atop a mound of soil, keeping the bud union only about an inch or two below the surface of the soil.

Set your rose Golden Showers in place and spread the roots out in all directions down the sides of the mound. Back fill the hole about halfway to start with your new soil mix, then take the garden hose and water the loose soil heavily until it flows around the roots like mud. Go ahead and back fill the hole the rest of the way and give the soil one more heavy watering, topping off any final settling that may occur. This method should prevent any air pockets from forming around the roots.

Caring for Golden Showers Roses:

Caring for the rose Golden Showers is pretty easy if you follow normal rose bush care guidelines. You need to make sure that you provide adequate water for your roses, without keeping them soaked for long periods of time. You also should try to water the base of your roses only, keeping all needless water off the leaves of the plant.

You should give your roses a dose of an all-purpose granular fertilizer in early spring when the leaves begin to open. Since your Golden Showers roses are repeat bloomers, they will benefit greatly from additional feedings over the course of the growing season. I usually will give the second feeding right before the first big bloom opens up, and then a third feeding around mid summer to encourage additional flushes.

Pruning Golden Showers Roses:

Pruning the rose Golden Showers should always be done in early spring before the leaves begin to bud. Start by cutting away all the dead growth, as well as any canes that look discolored from disease. Next, prune back any of the lateral canes that may overlap one another so they do not compete for sun light once the leaves fully open. Lastly, you can give this climbing rose a light pruning for shape and to encourage new growth.

This is also the time to rake up around the base of your rose Golden Showers, to clean up any dead leaves and debris that may have collected there from the previous season. Never let this material lay around as it could become a breeding ground for certain pests and diseases. Throw away this material, along with your cuttings, in the trash. I always finish up my pruning by giving my roses a fresh layer of mulch to start off the new growing season.



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