The Generous Gardener roses were first bred in 2002 in the United Kingdom by David Austin. David Austin is one of the world’s most recognized names in rose breeding, and you will find his many wonderful creations in gardens all over the world. This rose was created by crossing the AUSreef rose with an undisclosed partner. The result is a classic soft pink shrub rose that has a strong musky fragrance.
The rose The Generous Gardener will produce blooms that average about 2.5 inches in diameter and the blooms will be very full with well over 50 petals each. The plant itself will grow upwards to about 5 feet tall at full maturity, with a width of around 4 feet across. The rose The Generous Gardener is very resistant to many common rose diseases and this variety is often grown for cut flower arrangements. This rose should do very well in most regions within zones 5 through 9.
Growing the rose The Generous Gardener is not really difficult and if you have any past experience growing roses, then you should not find this one to be all that difficult. The most important decision you will make for your roses is where in the garden you choose to grow them. Roses require a lot of sun light if you want them to perform very well and this one is no exception. Try to pick a spot that gets no less than 6 to 8 hours each day of direct sun light.
You also are going to need to grow your roses in soil that drains very well. This is not a hard thing to do but I am always amazed at how many growers overlook this aspect of growing roses. Roses that are not grown in the proper soil will usually under-perform and if the soil stays too wet for too long, they often develop various problems with pests and diseases. Take a trip to your local garden center and pick up a bag or two of a good soil mix that is designed for roses. Your rose The Generous Gardener will thank you for it in the long run.
Planting the rose The Generous Gardener is fairly straight forward and most growers can get this job done well with just a few basic hand tools. How you go about planting your roses does depend a little bit on how you purchased them. If you picked up your rose from a local source, then it may have already come planted in a container and ready to bloom. These are the easiest types of 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 ample room around the roots for your soil mix.
If you bought your The Generous Gardener roses from an online company, they may have shipped them to you as bareroot plants, which is not uncommon. For these you should first soak the roots 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 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 once planted.
Once you have your rose The Generous Gardener set in place on top of the mound, spread the roots out in all directions and then back fill the hole about halfway to begin with. 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 soil one last heavy watering and be sure to top off any final settling that may occur but do not tamp down the soil. This method should make sure that you do not get any air pockets under the soil around the roots.
Taking care of the rose The Generous Gardener is pretty straight forward and once again any past experience you may have growing roses will certainly come in handy here as well. You will need to make sure that you provide your roses with enough water and nutrients while taking care 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 check on your roses every 4 to 5 days to be safe.
You also should consider giving your The Generous Gardener roses a dose of a granular all-purpose fertilizer in the springtime when the leaves begin to open up. This will help get your roses off to a great start. This rose will generally have a big spring or summer bloom with just a few scattered blooms the rest of the season. You can give your rose The Generous Gardener a couple of added feedings throughout the season but the results will probably not be too dramatic.
You should prune the rose The Generous Gardener in the late winter or early spring when the weather warms but before the leaves open. This makes pruning so much easier. Start your pruning by removing all the dead and discolored canes from the plant and set all of your cuttings aside. Next, prune back any lateral canes that overlap one another as these will compete for sun light once the leaves fully open. Finally, give the remaining canes a cut back by about one third of their current height to promote new growth.
This is the best time to also clean up around the base of your The Generous Gardener roses and get rid of any debris that often collects there. Throw all of this material away in the trash along with your cuttings. Never let dead matter lay around your roses as it can turn into a breeding ground for pests and diseases. Finish up your pruning by giving your rose The Generous Gardener a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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