The Lark Ascending roses were first bred in 2012 in the United Kingdom by David Austin. David is popular the world over for his many wonderful rose creations. He is most notable for his shrub and climbing roses that are part of his old English rose collection. The parentage of this particular rose is not yet disclosed but the result is a very pretty light peach colored rose that has pink highlights and a subtle tea fragrance.
The rose The Lark Ascending will produce blooms that are about 3 inches or so in diameter and they will be only somewhat full with about 30 petals each. The plant itself will grow to just under 5 feet tall and a little over 3 feet across at full maturity. This is an excellent choice for just about any sunny garden and its smaller stature makes it a great choice for container growing as well. You should have no trouble growing the rose The Lark Ascending in zones 6 through 9.
Growing the rose The Lark Ascending is not a hard task and if you have any past experience growing roses, then you should not find this one to be much of a challenge. As always the biggest decision you will make in the life of your roses is where in the garden you choose to grow them. Roses need a lot of sun light if you want them to perform at their best and this one is no exception. For this reason among others, you should try to find a sunny spot that gets no less than 6 hours each day of full sun, but more is always better.
You also will need to grow your The Lark Ascending roses in soil that drains pretty well. This isn’t a hard thing to take care of but you would be amazed at how many growers overlook this point. Roses that are grown in poor soil tend to have poor results. Surprising huh? Not only that but they usually will end up weak and sickly because they stay wet for long periods of time. A quick trip to your local garden center will probably show you several options of soil mix that are designed specifically for growing roses. Your rose The Lark Ascending will thank you for it!
Getting the rose The Lark Ascending into the ground is fairly straight forward but how you go about planting does depend a little on how you purchased your roses. If you bought one from a local nursery, they probably already had it planted in a container and ready to bloom. These are the absolute easiest roses to plant because much of the guesswork has already been done for you. Dig your hole at least twice the diameter of the container and equally as deep. This will give you plenty of room around the roots for your soil mix while keeping the bud union at its original depth.
If you bought your The Lark Ascending roses online, then chances are they came to you as bareroot plants, which is very common. 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 so you can mound up some soil to set the plant on, while keeping it no more than an inch below the surface once planted.
Once you have the rose The Lark Ascending set in place on top of the mound, spread the roots out in all directions and then back fill the hole about halfway to start, using your soil mix. Take the 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 last heavy watering and top off any final settling that may occur, but do not tamp down the soil. This method should keep air pockets from forming around the roots of the plant.
Taking care of the rose The Lark Ascending is pretty simple and once again any past experience you might have growing roses will 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 very careful not to overdo it. For most regions this usually amounts to one deep watering each week. If you live in a hot or dry climate, then you should check on your roses every 4 or 5 days just to be safe.
You also should consider giving your The Lark Ascending roses a dose of a good granular all-purpose fertilizer in the spring when the leaves start to open up. This will get them off to a great start on the season. Like most of David’s roses, this one is also a repeat bloomer which means it can benefit from additional feeding over the season. I will always give my roses their second feeding right after they have finished the first big bloom, with a third feeding sometime around midsummer to encourage late season flushes. Your rose The Lark Ascending should do nicely on this schedule also.
You should prune the rose The Lark Ascending in the late winter or early spring, whenever your region starts to warm but before the leaves begin opening up. Get rid of all the dead and discolored wood from the plant and set all your cuttings aside. Never, prune back the 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 rake up around your The Lark Ascending roses and clean up all the dead leaves and debris that often collects there. Throw this material away in the trash along with your cuttings. Never let dead matter lay around your roses. Finish up your pruning by giving your rose The Lark Ascending a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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