Princess Alexandra of Kent roses were first bred in 2007 in the United Kingdom by David Austin. David is perhaps one of the most recognized names in roses and with offices all around the world, you will find his many wonderful roses in gardens in most of the major countries. The parentage of this particular rose has not yet been disclosed but it is a very pretty pink shrub roses that tends to get orange or peach shading in the centers.
The blooms on the rose Princess Alexandra of Kent will average just under 4 inches or so in diameter and they will have a strong fragrance that is much like the smell of lemon. These blooms will be very full having up to 60 or more petals per bloom. The rose Princess Alexandra of Kent will grow just over 3 feet tall at full maturity and it will be very bushy when all the leaves open up. This rose is very hardy and extremely resistant to diseases. You should have no trouble growing this rose in zones 2 through 8.
Growing the rose Princess Alexandra of Kent is not all that difficult and if you happen to have any past experience growing roses, then you should not find this one to be much of a challenge. The most important choice you will make in the life of your roses is where in your garden you choose to grow them. Roses need a lot of sun light if you want them to perform at their best and this one is no exception. Try to pick a spot in your garden that gets no less than 6 hours each day of full sun, and if you can provide more, that is even better!
You also will need to grow your Princess Alexandra of Kent roses in soil that drains very well. This is one of the most common mistakes I see amongst newer growers. Roses that are grown in poor soil will obviously under-perform, but more than that they often become weak and sickly plants. If you are unsure about the quality of your garden soil, then take a trip to your local garden center and pick up a bag or two of a good soil mix that is designed specifically for growing roses. In the long run, your rose Princess Alexandra of Kent will thank you for it.
Getting your rose Princess Alexandra of Kent into the ground is not hard and most growers can get this job done very well with just a few basic hand tools. How you go about planting your roses depends a bit on how you purchased them. If you picked up your rose at a local nursery, then chances are it was already established for you in a container and ready to bloom. These are the easiest roses to plant. Dig your hole at least twice the diameter of the container and equally as deep. This will give you ample room around the roots for your soil mix while keeping the bud union at its original depth.
If you bought your Princess Alexandra of Kent roses online, then they may have shipped them to you as bareroot plants, 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 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 of the soil.
Once you have your rose Princess Alexandra of Kent set in place on the mound, spread the roots out in all directions and then back fill the hole about halfway, using your soil mix. Take your garden hose and water the loose soil heavily until it flows all around the roots like mud, then you can go ahead and finish filling the hole the rest of the way. Give the soil one more heavy watering and be sure to top off any final settling that might occur, but never tamp down the soil. This method should make sure that you aren’t getting air pockets around the roots of the plant.
Taking care of the rose Princess Alexandra of Kent is pretty straight forward and once again, any past experience you may have growing roses will sure come in handy here as well. You will need to make sure that you are providing your roses with enough water and nutrients, while being careful not to overdo it. For most climates this usually amounts to one deep watering per week. If you live in a region where the climate is hot and dry, then you should check on your roses every 4 to 5 days just to be on the safe side.
You should consider giving your Princess Alexandra of Kent roses a dose of a granular all-purpose fertilizer in the spring when you see the leaves start opening up. This helps the plant get off to a great start. Like many of David’s roses, this one is also a repeat bloomer, which means it will benefit from a few additional feedings over the course of the growing season. I will almost always give my roses their second feeding as soon as they have completed the first big bloom, with a third feeding sometime around midsummer to encourage late season flushes. Your rose Princess Alexandra of Kent should do very well on this schedule also.
You should prune the rose Princess Alexandra of Kent in the late winter or very early spring, when your weather begins to warm but before the leaves start to open. This makes pruning easier on your and the plant. Start by cutting out all the dead and discolored canes from the plant and set your cuttings aside for now. Then prune back any lateral canes that are overlapping one another as these will compete for sun light once the leaves fully open. Lastly, give any remaining canes a cut back by about one third of their current height, to promote new growth.
This is the best time to do a little cleanup around your Princess Alexandra of Kent roses and get rid of all the dead leaves and debris that often collects there. Throw all of this material away in the trash with your cuttings. Never let dead matter lay around your roses. Finish up your pruning by giving your rose Princess Alexandra of Kent a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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