History of Auckland Metro Roses:
The hybrid tea rose Auckland Metro was first bred in 1987 in New Zealand by Samuel McGredy IV and it was later introduced to market by his family’s company, McGredy Roses International. The McGredys originally began their rose breeding operation in Ireland before moving to New Zealand where the temperate climate eliminated the need for greenhouses. This rose was created by crossing elements of the hybrid tea rose Ferry Porsche and the floribunda rose Sexy Rexy.
The result of this pairing is a near white hybrid tea rose that takes on an almost cream colored hue. The blooms on Auckland Metro roses will be somewhat smaller than most hybrid tea roses you may be used to, averaging about 3.5 inches in diameter. They will be quite full however with about 40 petals per bloom and each bloom will have a strong fragrance. The blooms on this rose will form in clusters all around the plant and like most hybrid teas; this one is a repeat bloomer. You will find the rose Auckland Metro to be more tolerant of the warmer climates.
Growing Auckland Metro Roses:
Growing the rose Auckland Metro is not all that difficult and if you have any prior experience growing hybrid tea roses, then you will not find this one all that difficult. One of the most important choices you will ever make in the life of your roses is where in the garden you decide to grow them. Exposure to direct sun light is extremely important if you want your roses to give you their best performance. Try to select a location that will give your roses no less than 6 to 8 hours a day of direct sun light.
You also will want to make sure that your Auckland Metro roses are growing in soil that drains well. This goes a long way towards keeping the overall plant strong and healthy. It’s also a very easy thing to accomplish these days as there are a wide range of soil mixes available commercially that you just need to pick the one you prefer. Another factor that many newer growers overlook is subject your roses to the natural air currents in your garden. The more dry you can keep the leaves of your rose Auckland Metro, the healthier the plant will be.
Planting Auckland Metro Roses:
Getting your rose Auckland Metro into the ground is rather straight forward and most folks can get the job done with just a few basic hand tools. If you picked up your rose locally, then more than likely they already had it planted in a container and ready to bloom. These are the easiest to plant. Dig your hole at least twice the diameter of the container it came in, and equally as deep. This leaves you a lot of room around the roots for your soil mix while keeping the bud union at its current depth.
If you bought your Auckland Metro roses online, then perhaps they shipped them to you as bareroot plants, which is not uncommon. You should first soak these overnight in a bucket of room temperature water prior to planting day to rehydrate the roots. Then dig you hole as wide as the longest roots, and deep enough so that you can place the plant on top of a mound of soil while still keeping the bud union around an inch or so below the surface of the soil.
Once you have your rose Auckland Metro set in place, spread the roots out in all directions around the mound and then back fill the hole only 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 fill the hole the rest of the way. Give the soil one more heavy watering and be sure to top off any final settling that may occur. This method should make sure that you don’t get air pockets under the soil.
Depending on your weather around planting time, you may want to mound up some fresh mulch around the exposed canes of the plant, to help prevent them from drying out just until new growth forms.
Caring for Auckland Metro Roses:
Taking care of the rose Auckland Metro is pretty simple and once again, if you have any prior experience growing roses, then you will not likely find this one challenging. You will need to provide enough water to your roses, while taking care not to overdo it. For most mild climates this amounts to about one deep watering per week. If you live in a hot or dry region, then you will probably need to check on your roses every couple of days.
You should give your Auckland Metro roses a dose of a granular, all-purpose fertilizer in the spring time when you see the leaves begin to form. This will give your roses a good start to the season. Like most hybrid tea roses, this one is also a repeat bloomer and it will do very well with a couple of additional feedings over the course of the growing season. I will usually give my roses their second feeding right after the first big bloom, and then a third feeding sometime around the middle of the summer. Your rose Auckland Metro will do well on this schedule also.
Pruning Auckland Metro Roses:
You should prune your rose Auckland Metro in the very early spring after the coldest weather breaks, but before the leaves start to form. This will make it much easier to see what you are doing. Start by removing all the dead and discolored wood from the plant and set your cuttings aside. Next, prune back any overlapping canes on the plant so they do not compete for sun light later on when 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 Auckland Metro roses and get rid of any dead leaves and debris that might have collected there. 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 Auckland Metro a fresh layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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