Strawberry Hill roses were first bred in 2006 in the United Kingdom by David Austin. David Austin has over 40 years of experience hybridizing roses and he is widely regarded as one of the most recognized names in roses. The parentage of this rose has not yet been disclosed however this is a classic pink shrub rose that has a nice strong myrrh fragrance.
The blooms on the rose Strawberry Hill will be quite large, averaging almost 5 inches in diameter, and they will also have a lot of petals, carrying around 120 or so per bloom. The plant itself will grow to a height of around 4 feet tall at full maturity with a width somewhat less than its height. The rose Strawberry Hill is a very vigorous grower that will serve you well in either your flower beds or in a container to bring onto your porch or patio. This rose should do well in most regions within zones 6 through 9.
Growing the rose Strawberry Hill is not difficult and if you have any past experience growing roses, then you should not have too much trouble with this one. The most important decision that you will make in the life of your roses is where in your garden you choose to grow them. Roses require a lot of sun light if you want them to perform well and this one is no exception to the rule. Try to pick a location that will get no less than 6 hours every day of direct sun light, but if you can provide more, that is even better!
You also will want to grow your Strawberry Hill roses in soil that drains very well. This is a common requirement among roses but it is also something I see a lot of growers overlook. If you try and grow your roses in the wrong soil type, they will often underperform, but even worse, they tend to become very weak and sickly plants, never living up to expectations. If you aren’t sure about the quality of your garden soil, take a trip to your local garden center and pick up a bag or two of a quality soil mix that is designed specifically for roses. In the long run your rose Strawberry Hill will thank you for it.
Getting your rose Strawberry Hill into the ground is not a hard task and most growers are able to get the job done pretty well with just a few basic hand tools. How you go about planting your roses depends a little bit on how you purchased them. If you picked one up at a local nursery, then they probably already had it planted 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 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 Strawberry Hill roses online, then they might 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, 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 no more than an inch below the surfact.
Once you have your rose Strawberry Hill set in place on top of 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. Be sure to top off any final settling but do not tamp down the soil. This method should ensure that you don’t get any air pockets around the roots.
Taking care of the rose Strawberry Hill is not a tough thing to do and once again, any prior 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 taking care not to overdo it. For most climates, this usually amounts to about one deep watering per week. If you live in a hot or dry region, then you should check on your roses every 4 to 5 days just to be safe.
You should also consider giving your Strawberry Hill roses a dose of a granular, all-purpose fertilizer in the early spring when you see the leaves starting to open. This will get your roses off to a great start on the season. Like most of David’s creations, this one is also a repeat bloomer, which means it will benefit nicely from a few additional feedings over the course of the growing season. Your rose Strawberry Hill should do nicely on this schedule as well.
You should prune the rose Strawberry Hill in the late winter or very early spring, when the weather in your region begins to warm, but before the leaves start to open up. This will make the task of pruning so much easier on you and your rose. Start by removing all the dead and discolored wood from the plant and set your cuttings aside. Next, cut back any lateral canes that overlap one another, as 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 rake up around the base of your Strawberry Hill roses to get rid of all the dead leaves and debris that often collect there over the course of the season. Throw all of this material away in the trash with your cuttings. Never let dead matter collect around your roses as it can quickly turn into a breeding ground for pests and diseases. Finish up your pruning by giving your rose Strawberry Hill a fresh layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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