Bishops Castle roses were first bred in 2007 by David Austin in the United Kingdom. David Austin is perhaps one of the most recognized names in roses and he is most known for his old English rose collection of shrub and climbing roses. With offices in most major countries, you are likely to find his many creations in gardens around the world. The parentage of this particular rose has not been disclosed.
The rose Bishops Castle is a raspberry pink that has a great old rose fragrance. The blooms on this rose will grow to about 3 inches in diameter and they will be very full with as many as 80 petals per bloom. The plant itself will grow around 4 feet tall at full maturity with a width just slightly less than its height. This vigorous grower is often grown for cut flower arrangements. The rose Bishops Castle will do nicely in most gardens within zones 6 through 9.
Growing the rose Bishops Castle is not difficult and if you happen to have any past experience growing roses, then you should not find this one to be all that difficult. The most important choice that you will ever make in the life of your roses is which location you ultimately grow them in. You will find that most roses need a lot of sun light if you want them to perform at their best and this one is no exception. Try to select a spot in your garden that will get no less than 6 hours every day of full sun light. If you can offer them more however, that is even better!
You also will need to grow your roses in soil that drains very well. This is not hard to do but I am always amazed at how many growers overlook this point. If you attempt to grow your roses in poor soil, you will usually find that they will not only underperform, but they also tend to become very weak and sickly plants. If you are unsure about the quality of your garden soil, take a trip to your local garden center and pick up a bag or two of a good quality soil mix that is designed specifically for growing roses. This is the simplest way and in the long run your rose Bishops Castle will thank you for it.
Getting the rose Bishops Castle into the ground is not hard and most growers find that they can get the job done pretty well with just a few basic hand tools. How you go about planting your roses however does depend a little on how you purchased them. If you bought one at your local nursery, then they probably had it 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 the bud union at its original planting depth, while still giving you plenty of room around the roots for your soil mix.
If you ordered your Bishops Castle roses online, 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, to rehydrate the roots of the plant. 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.
Once you have your rose Bishops Castle 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 the soil mix of your choosing. 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 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 Bishops Castle is fairly simple and once again, any past experience you may have growing roses will come in handy here as well. You will need to make sure that you provide your roses with enough water and nutrients, while taking care not to overdo it. For most climates this usually amounts to about one deep watering every week, but if you live in a region that is unusually hot or dry, then you will need to check on your roses every 4 to 5 days just to be safe.
You also should consider giving your Bishops Castle roses a dose of a granular all-purpose fertilizer in the spring when the leaves start to open up. Like most of David’s creations, this rose is also a repeat bloomer, which means it will benefit nicely from a few additional feedings over the growing season. I will give my roses their second feeding as soon as they have finish their first big bloom, with a third feeding coming around midsummer to encourage late season flushes. Your rose Bishops Castle should do nicely on this schedule as well.
You should prune the rose Bishops Castle in the late winter or early spring, whenever the weather in your region begins to warm, but before the leaves start to open. This makes pruning so much easier on you and your plant. Start by removing all the dead and discolored canes from the plant and set all of your cuttings aside. Next, prune back any overlapping lateral canes so that these will not compete for sun light when all of 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 Bishops Castle roses to get rid of all the dead leaves and debris that often collect around them. Throw all of this material away in the trash along with your cuttings. Never allow decaying debris to collect around your roses or it will quickly turn into a breeding ground for various pests and diseases. Finish up your pruning by giving your rose Bishops Castle a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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