Teasing Georgia roses were first bred in 1988 in the United Kingdom by David Austin. David is one of the most recognized rose breeders of his time and you will find his creations in most of the major countries around the world. This rose was created by crossing the Charles Austin rose with an undisclosed seedling. The result is a wonderfully colored yellow and apricot shrub rose that produces great flowers with a subtle fragrance.
The rose Teasing Georgia will produce blooms that will average about 3.25 inches in diameter and they will be extremely full with over 100 petals per bloom. This rose will grow about 4 feet tall at full maturity with a width that is just a little less than that. The rose Teasing Georgia is a very vigorous grower that is a great centerpiece for your garden and it also makes for very pleasing cut flowers. This rose should do very nicely in zones 6 through 9.
Growing the rose Teasing Georgia 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 biggest decision you will make in the life of your roses is where in your garden you choose to grow them. Roses in general require a lot of sun light if you want them to perform well, and this one is no exception. For this reason, try to find a location that gets no less than 6 to 8 hours each day of direct sun light. More is even better.
You also will need to grow your Teasing Georgia roses in soil that drains really well. If you don’t grow your roses in the proper soil type you will usually find that your roses become weak and sickly and they almost always under-perform. This is not a tough thing to take care of but I am often surprised at how many growers overlook this point. If you are unsure about the quality of your garden soil, take a trip to your local garden center and pick up a bag of a good soil mix that is designed for growing roses. Your rose Teasing Georgia will thank you for it!
Getting your rose Teasing Georgia into the ground is not hard and most growers can get the job done with just a few basic hand tools. How you plant your roses does depend a little bit on how you purchased them. If you picked one up at your local garden center, 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 the bud union at its original depth while giving you more than enough room around the roots for your soil mix.
If you bought your Teasing Georgia roses online, they may 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 let you set the plant on top of a mound of soil while keeping the bud union no more than an inch below the surface of the soil.
Once you have your rose Teasing Georgia set in place, spread the roots out in all directions and then back fill the hole halfway to start, using your soil mix. Take your garden hose and water the loose soil heavily until it flows around the roots like mud. Then you can finish filling the hole the rest of the way. Give the loose soil one more heavy watering and top off any final settling that might occur. Do not tamp down the soil. This method should make sure that you don’t get any air pockets around the roots.
Taking care of the rose Teasing Georgia 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 provide your roses with enough water and nutrients while being very careful not to overdo it. For most climates this comes down to about one deep watering per week. If your region is hot or dry, then you should probably check on your roses every 4 to 5 days to be sure.
You also should consider giving your Teasing Georgia roses a dose of an all-purpose fertilizer in the spring when the leaves start to open up. This will help get them off to a great start. Like most of David’s wonderful creations, this one is also a repeat bloomer so it will do nicely with a couple additional feedings over the course of the growing season. I will give my roses their second feeding right after they finish their first big bloom, with a third feeding coming around the middle of the summer to encourage late season blooms. Your rose Teasing Georgia should do nicely on this schedule as well.
You should prune the rose Teasing Georgia in the very early spring or late winter, when the weather starts to warm but before the leaves start to open. This will make pruning so much easier. Start by removing all the dead and discolored wood from the plant and set your cuttings aside. Next, 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 to promote new growth.
This is also the best time to clean up around the base of your Teasing Georgia roses and get rid of all the dead leaves and debris that often collect around there. Never let dead matter lay around your roses or it can turn into a breeding ground for various pests and diseases. Throw all of this material away in the trash along with your cuttings. Finish up your pruning by giving your rose Teasing Georgia a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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