Benjamin Britten roses were first bred in 1992 in the United Kingdom by David Austin. David is one of the most recognized names in roses and you will find his many wonderful creations in gardens all around the world. This rose was created by crossing the Charles Austin rose with an undisclosed seedling. The result is an orangish-red shrub rose that has a strong fruity fragrance.
The rose Benjamin Britten will produce blooms that will only grow a little over 2 inches in diameter and they will be very full with 50 to 60 petals per bloom. The plant itself will grow to almost 4 feet tall at full maturity with a width of just a little less than that. This rose is well suited for most garden designs and it can also be grown in a container if you would like to bring some color and fragrance onto your patio. The rose Benjamin Britten should do nicely in most gardens within zones 6 through 9.
Growing the rose Benjamin Britten is not a difficult task and if you have any past experience growing roses, then you should not find this one 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 need a lot of sun light if you want them to perform at their best and this one is no exception. Try to pick a spot in your garden that gets no less than 6 to 8 hours each day of direct sun light.
You also will want to grow your Benjamin Britten roses in soil that drains very well. This is not a hard thing to do but it is one of the most overlooked aspects that I see amongst rose growers. If you don’t grow your roses in the proper soil, you will often find that they will become weak and sickly and they will almost always under-perform. To keep them at their best, grow your rose Benjamin Britten in a good soil mix that is designed specifically for roses. In the long run, your roses will thank you for it.
Getting the rose Benjamin Britten into the ground is not a hard job and most folks can handle this part very well 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 source, then chances are it was already planted for you in a container 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 your bud union at its original planting depth while giving you plenty of room around the roots for your soil mix.
If you bought your Benjamin Britten roses online, then they may have shipped them to you as bareroot roses, 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 to allow you to 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 of the soil.
Once you have your rose Benjamin Britten 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 all over the roots like mud, then you can go ahead and finish filling the hole. Give the soil one last heavy watering and be sure to top off any final settling that may 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 Benjamin Britten is not challenging and once again, any prior experience you may have growing roses will certainly come in handy here as well. You will need to make sure that you provide your roses with enough water and nutrients, while being careful not to overdo it. For most climates this comes down to about one deep watering every week. If your region is hot or dry however, you should check on your roses every 4 to 5 days just to be safe.
You also should really consider giving your Benjamin Britten roses a dose of a granular all-purpose fertilizer in the spring when the leaves begin to open up. This will get them off to a good start. Like most of David’s creations, this rose is also a repeat bloomer so it would do nicely with a couple additional feedings over the course of the growing season. I will give my roses their second feeding right after they have finished their first big bloom, with a third feeding coming around the middle of the summer to encourage more late season flushes. Your rose Benjamin Britten should do well on this schedule also.
You should prune the rose Benjamin Britten in the late winter or very early spring, when your weather starts to warm but before the leaves have started to open up. This will make the job of pruning so much easier on you and the plant. Begin by removing all the dead and discolored wood from the plant and set your cuttings aside. Next, prune back any overlapping lateral canes as these will eventually compete for sun light when the leaves have fully opened. 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 rake up around the base of your Benjamin Britten roses and clean up all the leaves and debris that often collects there. Throw away all of this material in the trash along with your cuttings. Never let dead matter collect around your roses or it can quickly turn into a breeding ground for pests and diseases. Finish up your pruning by giving your rose Benjamin Britten a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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