Royal Jubilee Roses

History of Royal Jubilee Roses:

Royal Jubilee roses were first bred in 2012 in the United Kingdom by David Austin.  David is one of the most popular and well-known rose breeders in the world and he specializes in old English shrub and climbing roses.  The parentage of this particular rose has not yet been disclosed but it is a very pretty pink rose that has a strong fruity fragrance.

The rose Royal Jubilee will grow to about 5 feet tall at full maturity with a width just over 3 feet across.  The blooms will be typical for David’s roses, growing just over 3 inches or so in diameter and they will be somewhat full with about 40 or so petals per bloom.  This rose will do well in any sunny place in your garden and it is also an excellent candidate for container growing.  You should have no trouble growing this rose in zones 6 through 9.

Growing Royal Jubilee Roses:

Growing the rose Royal Jubilee is not all that hard and if you happen to have any past experience growing roses, then you should not find this one to be all that challenging.  The most important choice that you will have to make in the life of your roses is almost certainly where in the garden you choose to grow them.  Roses require a lot of sun light if you want them to perform at their best and this one is no exception, so try and select a location that gets no less than 6 to 8 hours each day of full sun.

You also will need to make sure that you are growing your Royal Jubilee roses in soil that drains very well.  This is really a simple thing to take care of and yet I am often amazed at how many growers overlook this important point of growing their roses.  Roses that are grown in poor soil will not only under-perform, but they will often grow to be weak and sickly.  If you are not sure how good your garden soil is, take a trip to the local garden center and pick up a bag or two of a good soil mix that is designed for roses.  In the long run your rose Royal Jubilee will thank you for it!

Planting Royal Jubilee Roses:

Getting the rose Royal Jubilee into the ground is pretty simple and most growers are able to get the job done with just a few basic hand tools.  How you go about planting roses does depend a little bit on how you purchased them.  If you picked up one at a local nursery, then they probably already planted it for you in a container.  These are the easiest roses to plant.  Dig your hole at least twice the diameter of the container and equally as deep.  This will keep the bud union at its original depth while giving you plenty of room around the roots for your soil mix.

If you ordered your Royal Jubilee roses online, then they might have shipped them to you as bareroot plants, which is not uncommon.  You should 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 place 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 filled.

Once you have your rose Royal Jubilee set in place on top of the mound, spread the roots out in all directions and then back fill the hole only halfway to start, using your soil mix.  Take your garden hose and water the loose soil heavily until it flows all over the roots like mud, then you can finish filling the hole.  Give the soil one more heavy watering and be sure to top off any final settling that may occur, but do not tamp down the soil.  This method should ensure that no air pockets have formed around the roots.

Caring for Royal Jubilee Roses:

Taking care of the rose Royal Jubilee is not hard 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 regions this comes down to about one deep watering per week.  If your region is hot or dry then you should check on your roses every 4 to 5 days just to be safe.

You also should consider giving your Royal Jubilee roses a dose of a granular all-purpose fertilizer in the spring when you see the leaves start to open.  This will help get them off to a fast start on the season.  Like most of David’s creations, this rose is also a repeat bloomer which means it will benefit nicely from a few additional feedings over the course of the growing season.  I will typically give my roses their second feeding right after they have finished their first big bloom, with a third feeding sometime around the middle of the summer to encourage late season flushes.  Your rose Royal Jubilee should do nicely on this schedule also.

Pruning Royal Jubilee Roses:

You should prune the rose Royal Jubilee in the late winter or early spring, depending on when your weather starts to warm, but before the leaves begin to open.  Start by clearing out all the dead and discolored canes from the plant and set your cuttings aside.  Next, you will need to prune back any overlapping lateral canes as these will 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 promote new growth.

This is also a great time to clean up around the base of your Royal Jubilee roses and get rid of any debris that may have collected there from the previous season.  Throw all of this away in the trash, along with your cuttings.  Never let dead matter pile up around your roses unless you want a breeding ground of pests and diseases.  Finish up your pruning by giving your rose Royal Jubilee a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.



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