Albertine Roses

History of Albertine Roses:

The rose Albertine was first bred in France in 1921 by Barbier Freres & Compagnie. The Barbier nursery has bred many of the most popular climbers and ramblers over the last century. Among their many roses include the Alberic Barbier rose, the Alexandre Gurault rose, and the Paul Transom rose. The Albertine was created by crossing the Mrs Arthur Robbert Waddell rose with a rosa wichuraiana. The result was a classic pink salmon climbing rose that has a mild to medium fragrance.

Albertine roses can grow anywhere from 6 feet tall, all the way up to 20 feet, and spread out horizontally as much as 15 feet if trained along supports. This rose produces average sized blooms that are about 3.5 inches in diameter and are fairly full with as many as 40 petals per bloom. The rose Albertine does best in zones 6 through 9 and is somewhat susceptible to mildew. You can also grow this rose in a container, with adequate pruning of course, however you will need to provide the rose with some kind of freeze protection if you do.

Growing Albertine Roses:

The rose Albertine will only bloom once each season either in late spring or early summer depending on your climate. This rose will grow quite tall if left to its own devices so make sure that you provide adequate support for the canes at each growth level. Like most roses, the Albertine prefers locations that get full sun light for much of the day and since it only blooms once per season, you may find the results to be lackluster if you do not give it what it wants. Try to pick a spot that gets at least 6 to 8 hours each day of direct sun.

When possible, roses in general seem to do really well in spots that get the morning sun, as this will help burn away the morning dew quickly and dry out the leaves. Since Albertine roses are susceptible to mildew, this would be a good rule to follow if you have the space. Other ways that you can minimize the impact of diseases is to pick a spot that gets good air circulation and has soil that is well drained. Like most varieties, the rose Albertine will be healthiest if you can follow these guidelines.

Planting Albertine Roses:

Before you decide to start digging a hole somewhere in your garden, I always suggest to folks that they take a trip to the local garden center and pick up a bag of some organic compost. Most often this stuff is pretty inexpensive and it makes a great amendment for just about any type of garden soil. When you dig your hole, mix the compost in with the loose soil at a ratio of 2 parts soil to 1 part compost. Your rose Albertine will love the boost that the compost gives it.

Now how you plant your Albertine roses depends in part on how you purchased the plants. If you bought them online, they were probably shipped to you as a bareroot plant. Prior to putting them into the ground, you should soak them overnight in a bucket of lukewarm water to help wake them up. When you are ready to plant your bareroot rose Albertine, dig the hole wide enough to fit the longest roots that the plant came with, and dig it deep enough so that you can mound up some of your new soil mix in the center of the hole and still keep the bud union about an inch or two below the surface of the soil.

Place your rose Albertine into the hole on top of the mound of soil and spread the roots outward in all directions. Using your new soil mix, back fill the hole about halfway to start and then take the garden hose and thoroughly water the loose soil until it is almost like mud and flows around the roots. Then go ahead and back fill the rest of the way and give it one more good watering to fully set the soil. This method should ensure that no air pockets have formed around the roots.

If you bought your rose Albertine locally, then it was probably already planted in a container and ready to bloom. These are even easier to plant. I always like to dig the hole at least twice the diameter of the container and equally as deep. This gives plenty of room for the new soil mix around the sides, while still maintaining the same bud union depth the plant had in the container.

Caring for Albertine Roses:

As I stated earlier, the rose Albertine is a single bloomer so it will put all of its energy into that one big bloom. For these types of roses I will go out and give them a dose of an all-purpose granular fertilizer in early spring when the leaves start to bud. This helps it get off to a fast start. You can also give this rose another dose just as the first blooms start to bud as this will give it a little extra boost for a prolific bloom.

You should also make sure that your Albertine roses get plenty of water without keeping them soaked for long periods of time. A good rule of thumb is one deep watering each week whether Mother Nature takes care of it for you, or you have to do it with the garden hose.

Pruning Albertine Roses:

You will want to prune the rose Albertine either in early spring before the leaves form, like other climbers, or you can also prune it after the blooming cycle is completely finished. Start off by removing any dead wood as well as any canes that look discolored from disease. It is also suggested that every 3rd year you go through and remove woody canes that are no longer producing blooms.

As with most climbing roses, you should prune back overlapping canes that will compete for sunlight once the leaves open, and in general shape the plant by cutting back wayward canes to a bud that faces the direction you would like it to grow. This is a good time to also train the canes to whatever supports you have available.

I always finish up this step by giving my roses a generous layer of mulch after raking up all the dead leaves and debris that have collected around the base of the plant.

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