Allgold roses were first bred in 1956 in the United Kingdom by Edward Burton Le Grice. Edward began breeding roses in the early 1920’s and continued his passion into the late 1970’s when he passed away and was succeeded by his son. This rose Allgold was created by crossing the rose Ellinor Le Grice, with the Floribunda rose Goldilocks. The result is an amazing yellow golden rose that produces wonderful blooms.
The blooms on the rose Allgold will be of an average size for a Floribunda rose, about 3.5 inches or so in diameter. They will have about 25 or so petals per bloom and they will have but a mild fragrance. Once of the great things about the rose Allgold is that the blooms will fade very little, if at all during their cycle. This allows you to enjoy them for that much longer. The plant itself will stay fairly compact, growing to about 2 feet tall at full maturity, with a width of about the same.
Growing the rose Allgold is not difficult and if you have any past experience growing roses, then you should not find this variety to be all that challenging. The biggest decision you will make in the life of 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 well, and this variety is no exception. Try to select a location that gets no less than 6 to 8 hours a day of full sun light. If you can provide even more then that is all the better!
You also will want to grow your Allgold roses in soil that drains well. This is not a difficult problem to solve but surprisingly it is a mistake I often see new and more experienced growers make. Roses in general tend to not do very well if they are grown in soil that stays damp for long periods of time. This rose is no exception. You will find a wide variety of growing soils available on the commercial market, many of which are designed specifically for roses. Use the one that is best suited to your application. Your rose Allgold will thank you for it.
Getting your rose Allgold into the ground is a pretty straight forward task and most growers can get the job done with just a few basic hand tools. How you go about planting your roses depends a little bit on how you originally purchased them. If you found one at a local nursery, then it was probably already planted for you in a container. 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 still giving you plenty of room around the bud union for your soil mix.
If you ordered your Allgold roses online, then they may have shipped them 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, 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 still keeping the bud union no more than an inch or so below the surface of the soil.
Once you have your rose Allgold 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 around the roots like mud, then you can go ahead and finish filling the hole. Give the soil one more heavy watering and be sure to top off any final settling that may occur. Do not tamp down the soil. This method should make sure that no air pockets have formed around the roots of the plant.
Taking care of the rose Allgold is pretty easy 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 are providing your roses with enough water and nutrients, while taking care not to overdo it. For most climates this amounts to about one deep watering per week. If you live in a hot or dry climate then you should check on your roses every 4 to 5 days to be safe.
You also should consider giving your Allgold roses a dose of a granular fertilizer in the early spring when the leaves begin to open. This will give your roses a fast start to the growing season. Like most Floribunda roses, this variety is also a repeat bloomer, which means it will benefit nicely from a few additional feedings over the course of the growing season. I will usually give my roses their second feeding immediately following their first big bloom, then a third feeding sometime around the middle of the summer to encourage late season blooms. Your rose Allgold will do nicely on this schedule also.
You should prune the rose Allgold in the very early spring when the weather starts to warm but before the leaves have fully opened. 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 from the plant so these do not 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.
This is also the time to clean up around the base of your Allgold roses and get rid of all the dead leaves and debris that might have collected there from the previous growing season. Throw away all of this material in the trash, along with your cuttings. Never let dead matter lay around your roses. Finish up your pruning by giving your rose Allgold a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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