Sharifa Asma roses were first bred in 1989 in the United Kingdom by David Austin. David Austin is a world reknowned rose breeder with over 40 years of experience in his field. His company has offices in most major countries so you will find his many wonderful creations in gardens around the world. This rose was created by crossing the rose Mary Rose, with the Admired Miranda rose. The result is a blush colored shrub rose that slowly turns white as the petals age.
The blooms on the rose Sharifa Asma will grow to about 3.5 inches in diameter and they will be very full with as many as 90 petals per bloom. The plant itself will grow anywhere from 3 feet to 5 feet tall at full maturity with a width of just a little less than that. This rose is more tolerant of rainy regions that most roses and it will do well in either your flower beds or as a container rose. The rose Sharifa Asma should do nicely in most gardens within zones 5 through 10.
Growing the rose Sharifa Asma is not difficult and if you have any past experience growing roses, then you should not find this one to be much of a challenge. The most important decision you will make in the life of your roses is where in your garden you ultimately grow them. Roses require a lot of sun light if you want them to perform at their best, and this rose is no exception. Try to select a location that will get no less than 6 to 8 hours each day of direct sun light. If you can provide more, that is even better.
You also will need to grow your Sharifa Asma roses in soil that drains very well. This is rather common amongst roses but this is one aspect that I see a lot of growers overlook. If you do not grow your roses in the proper soil, you will usually find that not only do they underperform, but they often become weak and sickly plants as well. This is very easy to correct however. If you are unsure about the quality of your garden soil, take a trip to your local garden center and pick up a bag or two of a good quality soil mix and use that. In the long run, your rose Sharifa Asma will thank you for it.
Getting your rose Sharifa Asma into the ground is not a hard task and most growers are able to get this job done well with just a few basic hand tools. How you go about planting your roses depends a little bit on how you purchased your roses. If you picked one up at a local nursery, then chances are it was already planted 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 keep your bud union at its original depth while giving you plenty of room around the roots for your soil mix.
If you ordered your Sharifa Asma roses online, 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 Sharifa Asma 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 around the roots like mud. After which you can finish filling the hole the remainder of the way. Give the soil one last heavy watering and top off any final settling that might occur, but do not tamp down the soil. This method should make sure that you don’t get air pockets around the roots of the plants.
Taking care of the rose Sharifa Asma is fairly straight forward and once again, any past experience you may have growing roses will come in handy here also. You will need to make sure that you are providing your roses with enough water and nutrients, while taking care not to overdo it. In most climates this usually comes down to about one deep watering every week. If you live in a region that is very hot or dry, then you should check on your roses every 4 to 5 days, just to be safe.
You should also consider giving your Sharifa Asma roses a dose of a granular all-purpose fertilizer in the early spring when the leaves start to open up. Like most of David’s roses, this one is also a repeat bloomer so it will do nicely with a couple extra feedings through the season. I will give my roses their second feeding immediately after they have finished the first big bloom, with a third feeding coming around the middle of the summer to encourage late season flushes. Your rose Sharifa Asma should do nicely on this schedule as well.
You should prune the rose Sharifa Asma in the late winter or very early spring, when the weather in your area starts to warm, but before the leaves have begun to open. This makes pruning much easier on you and your plant. Start by removing all the dead and discolored wood from the plant and set your cuttings aside. Next, prune back the overlapping lateral canes because these will eventually compete for sun light when the leaves fully open. Lastly, give the remaining canes a cut back by about one third of their current height to promote new growth.
This is also the best time to clean up around the base of your Sharifa Asma roses to get rid of all the dead leaves and debris that often collects there from the last season. Throw away all of this material in the trash, along with your cuttings. Never let this dead matter linger around your roses unless you want it to turn into a breeding ground for pests and diseases. Finish up your pruning by giving your rose Sharifa Asma a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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