Alnwick roses were first bred in 2001 in the United Kingdom by David Austin. David Austin is perhaps one of the most recognized names in rose breeding and you will be able to see his many wonderful creations in just about every major country around the world. This particular rose was created by crossing the Golden Celebration rose, with an unnamed seedling. The result is a classic pink shrub rose that is very typical of David’s roses.
The rose Alnwick will produce blooms that average just a little less than 3 inches in diameter and they will be very full with dozens and dozens of petals per bloom. The plant itself will grow to a height of about 4 feet tall at full maturity and the blooms will have a moderate, old rose fragrance. The rose Alnwick is commonly grown in border and small gardens, and it can also be cultivated as a container rose.
Growing the rose Alnwick is not all that difficult and if you have any past experience growing roses, then you should not find this one to be all that challenging. The biggest decision that you will make in the life of your roses is where in your garden you choose to grow them. Roses require a lot of sun light if you want them to perform at their best so try to select a location that gets no less than 6 to 8 hours each day of direct sun light. If you can provide more, then that is even better.
You also will need to grow your Alnwick roses in soil that drains very well. This is not all that hard to do but it is sometimes shocking at how many growers overlook this very important aspect of rose growing. Roses that are grown in poor soil will not only underperform, but they will also tend to become very weak and sickly. If you are unsure about the quality of your garden soil, the easiest way to solve this issue is to take a trip to your local garden center and pick up a bag or two of a good soil mix that is designed specifically for growing roses. Your rose Alnwick will thank you for it in the long run.
Getting your rose Alnwick into the ground is not a hard task and most growers can get the job done pretty easily 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 bought your rose from a local nursery, then chances are it was already planted in a container for you 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 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 Alnwick roses online, then they may have shipped them to you as bareroot plants, which is not uncommon. 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 set the plant on top of a mound of soil while keeping the bud union no more than an inch or so below the surface once planted.
Once you have your rose Alnwick set in place on top of the mound, spread the roots out in all directions and then back fill the hole at least halfway to start, using your soil mix. Take your garden hose and water the loose soil heavily until it flows all around the roots like mud, then you can go ahead and 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 might occur but do not tamp down the soil. This method should make sure that you don’t get any air pockets around the roots of your plant.
Taking care of the rose Alnwick is fairly 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 are providing your with enough water and nutrients while taking care not to overdo it. For most climates this typically amounts to one deep watering per week. If you live in a hot or dry climate, then you should check on your roses every couple of days just to be sure.
You also should consider giving your Alnwick roses a dose of a granular all-purpose fertilizer in the spring when the leaves begin to open. This will help get your roses off to a great start. Like most of David’s many great creations, this one is also a repeat bloomer which means it would do nicely with a few additional feedings over the course of the growing season. I will usually give my roses their second feeding immediately after their first big bloom, with a third feeding coming around the middle of the summer to encourage late season flushes. Your rose Alnwick should do nicely on this schedule as well.
You should prune the rose Alnwick in the late winter or early spring when the weather starts to warm but before the leaves start to open. This will make the job of pruning a whole lot easier on you and your rose. Begin by removing all the dead leaves and debris from the plant and set your cuttings aside. Next, prune back any overlapping lateral canes so that 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 to promote new growth.
This is also the best time to clean up around the base of your Alnwick roses and get rid of all the dead leaves and debris that may have collected there from the previous season. Throw away all of the debris in the trash, along with your cuttings. Never let dead matter lay around your roses or you risk it turning into a breeding ground for various pests and diseases. Finish up your pruning by giving your rose Alnwick a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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