Boscobel Roses

History of Boscobel Roses:

Boscobel roses were first bred in 2012 in the United Kingdom by David Austin.  David Austin is famous the world over for his wonderful English Rose Collection.  Specializing in old English shrub and climbing roses, David is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading experts in rose hybridization.  The parentage of this particular rose is not currently published but may become available in the future.

The rose Boscobel will stay pretty compact and will only grow a little over 3 feet tall and just shy of 3 feet wide at full maturity.  The blooms will be a little over 3 inches in diameter and they will be very full with over 50 or more petals per bloom.  The shorter stature of the rose Boscobel makes it an excellent candidate for container growing and you can bring its great myrrh fragrance onto your porch or patio.

Growing Boscobel Roses:

Growing the rose Boscobel is not a hard task and anyone that has a little bit of past experience growing roses should not find this one to be terribly challenging.  As always, the most important decision you will make for your roses is where in the garden you choose to grow them.  Roses require a lot of sun light if you really want them to perform at their best and this variety is no exception.  For this reason try and pick a spot in your garden where it will get a minimum of 6 to 8 hours each day of full sun, but more is even better!

You also will need to grow your rose Boscobel in soil that drains very well.  This is not a hard thing to accomplish but I am always confused at how many growers seem to overlook this important aspect of growing roses.  If you do not grow your roses in the proper soil, you will often find that they not only under-perform, but they also tend to get very weak and sickly.  The simplest way to be sure is to take a trip to your local garden center and pick up a bag or two of a quality soil mix designed specifically for roses.  Your rose Boscobel will thank you for it in the long run.

Planting Boscobel Roses:

Getting your rose Boscobel into the ground is a pretty simple task 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 purchased them.  If you bought your rose locally, then there is a good chance that they already had them 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 depth while giving your plenty of room around the roots for your soil mix.

If you bought your Boscobel roses online, then they may have shipped them to you as bareroot plants, which is not uncommon.  For these you should soak the roots of the plant overnight in a bucket of room temperature water, prior to planting day.  Then dig your hole as wide as the longest roots that are 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 you have your rose Boscobel 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 very heavily until it flows all over the roots like mud, then you can finish filling the hole the rest of the way.  Give the soil one last heavy watering and top off the last of the settling that may occur but never tamp down the soil.  This method should make sure that you don’t get air pockets around the roots.

Caring for Boscobel Roses:

Taking care of the rose Boscobel is pretty straight forward 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 are providing your roses with ample water and nutrients while taking care not to overdo it.  For most climates this amounts to about one deep watering per week.  If your region is unusually hot or dry then you should check your roses every 4 to 5 days just to be safe.

You should consider giving your Boscobel roses a dose of a granular all-purpose fertilizer in the spring when you see the leaves starting to open.  This will get your roses off to a great start on the new year.  Like most of David’s roses, this one is also a repeat bloomer which means it will benefit nicely from a few additional feedings over the course of the growing season.  I typically will give my roses their second feeding as soon as they have finished their first big bloom, with a third feeding coming around midsummer to encourage those late season flushes.  Your rose Boscobel should do nicely on this schedule as well.

Pruning Boscobel Roses:

You should prune the rose Boscobel in the late winter or early spring, when the weather starts to warm but before the leaves have started to open.  This makes the task of pruning so much easier.  Start by clearing out 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 fully open.  Lastly, give the remaining canes a cut back by about one third of their current height to promote new growth.

This is the best time to also clean up around your roses and get rid of all the dead leaves and debris that often collects there from the previous growing season.  Throw this material away in the trash along with your cuttings.  Never let decaying matter lay around your roses or it can quickly become a breeding ground for pests and diseases.  Finish up your pruning by giving your rose Boscobel a fresh layer of mulch to begin the new growing season.

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