Amber Queen roses were first bred in 1983 in the United Kingdom by David Austin. David Austin is widely regarding as one of the world’s leading hybridizers of roses. In his forty years of experience, he has graced the world with an untold number of wonderful roses for our gardens. This rose was created by crossing the Southampton rose with the rose Typhoon. The result is a very gorgeous golden apricot colored rose that has a great fragrance.
The rose Amber Queen will produce large blooms that average about 4 inches or so across and they will have upwards of 30 to 40 petals per bloom. The plant itself will stay somewhat compact, only growing to about 3 feet tall at full maturity with a width of around 2 feet across. The rose Amber Queen is a great option if you are looking for a container rose to bring onto your porch or patio. This rose is very resistant to diseases and it will do nicely in zones 6 and warmer.
Growing the rose Amber Queen is not hard 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 have to 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 find a spot that will offer 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 Amber Queen roses in soil that drains very well. This is a very simple thing to accomplish but I am always amazed at how many people overlook this aspect of growing roses. If you are unsure about the quality of your garden soil, take a trip to your local garden center and pick up a bag of soil mix that is designed specifically for roses. It shouldn’t be all that hard to find a brand at most garden centers. You can just use that and it takes much of the guesswork out of it for you. Your rose Amber Queen will thank you for it!
Getting your rose Amber Queen into the ground is pretty straight forward and most growers can get the job done very well 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 bought your roses locally, then chances are they were already planted in containers 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 keep the bud union at its original depth while giving you plenty of room around the roots for your soil mix.
If you bought your Amber Queen roses online, then they might have sent 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 to rehydrate the roots. Then dig your hole at least twice the diameter of the container 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 Amber Queen set in place on top of the mound, spread the roots out in all directions and then back fill the hole only halfway to start, using your soil mix. Take your 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 the rest of the way. Give the soil one last heavy watering and be sure to top off any final settling that may occur. This method should make sure that you don’t get any air pockets around the roots of your rose.
Taking care of the rose Amber Queen is fairly simple 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 usually amounts to one deep watering every week. If you live in a hot or dry region, then you should check on your roses every 4 to 5 days.
You also should consider giving your Amber Queen roses a dose of a granular all-purpose fertilizer in the spring when the leaves begin to open up. This will get your roses off to a great start. Like most of David’s creations, this rose is also a repeat bloomer so it will do nicely with a couple more feedings throughout the growing season. I will normally give my roses their second feeding as soon as they have finished their first big bloom, then a third feeding around the middle of the summer to encourage late season flushes. Your rose Amber Queen will do nicely on this schedule also.
You should prune the rose Amber Queen in the late winter or very early spring when the weather begins to warm, but before the leaves start to open up. This makes 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 to promote new growth.
This is also the best time to clean up around the base of your Amber Queen roses and get rid of any debris that often collects there over a season. Throw all of this material away in the trash along with your cuttings. Never let dead matter lay around your roses as it can quickly turn into a breeding ground for various pests and diseases. Finish up your pruning by giving your rose Amber Queen a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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