Carding Mill Roses

History of Carding Mill Roses:

Carding Mill roses were first bred in the year 2004 in the United Kingdom by David Austin.  David Austin is one of the most recognized names in roses and with offices in most major countries, you are likely to find his roses in gardens around the world.  This particular rose was created by crossing an unnamed seedling with the rose Scepter’d Isle.  The result is an extremely pretty peach colored rose that has a nice myrrh fragrance.

The rose Carding Mill will produce blooms around 3 inches in diameter and they will be very full, carrying up to 80 petals each. The plant itself will grow to a height of about 4 feet tall, and a width out to around 3 feet across at full maturity.  This vigorous grower is well suited to most styles of gardens and can even be grown in a container.  The rose Carding Mill should do nicely in most regions within zones 6 through 9.

Growing Carding Mill Roses:

Growing the rose Carding Mill is not all that difficult and if you happen to have any past experience growing roses, then you really shouldn’t find this one to be much of a challenge.  The most important decision that you will make in the life of your roses is where you choose to grow them in your garden.  Roses require a lot of sun light if you want them to perform at their best and this one does too.  Try to find a location that gets a lot of full sun light, at least 6 to 8 hours each day.

You also will need to grow your Carding Mill roses in soil that drains very well.  This is a fairly simple thing to do but I am always amazed at how many growers overlook their soil type.  Roses that are grown in poor soil will underperform like any other plant, but more importantly, they will usually end up as weak and sickly roses.  If you are not sure about the quality of your garden soil, then 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.  In the long run, your rose Carding Mill will thank you for it!

Planting Carding Mill Roses:

Getting your rose Carding Mill into the ground is not hard and most growers are able to get the job done rather well with just a few basic hand tools.  How you go about planting your roses depends a little bit on how you purchased them.  Most gardeners pick up their plants from a local nursery and these often come already planted in a container and ready to bloom.  These are the most common, and easiest roses to plant.  Dig your hole at least twice the diameter of the container and equally as deep.  This will give you plenty of room around the roots for your soil mix, while keeping the bud union at its original depth.

If you ordered your Carding Mill 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.  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 Carding Mill set in place on the mound, spread the roots out in all directions and then back fill the hole only halfway to start, using your soil mix.  Then 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 might 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 the plant.

Caring for Carding Mill Roses:

Taking care of the rose Carding Mill is pretty 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 comes down to about one deep watering every week.  If you live in a region that is very hot or dry, then you will need to check on your roses every 4 or 5 days just to be sure.

You also should consider giving your Carding Mill roses a dose of a granular all-purpose fertilizer in the spring when you see the leaves starting to form.  This will get your rose off to a great start.  Like most of David Austin’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 will give my roses their second feeding immediately following the first big bloom, with a third feeding coming around midsummer to encourage late season flushes.  Your rose Carding Mill should do nicely on this schedule as well.

Pruning Carding Mill Roses:

You should prune your rose Carding Mill in the late winter or very early spring, when the weather in your area starts to warm, but before the leaves begin to open.  This will make pruning so much easier on you and your plant.  Start by removing all the dead and discolored wood from the plant and set your cuttings aside.  Next, prune back any overlapping lateral canes so these will not compete for sun light when the leaves fully open.  Lastly, give the remaining canes a cut back by about one third of their height to promote new growth.

This is also the best time to clean up around the base of your Carding Mill roses and get rid of all the debris that usually collects around roses.  Throw all of this away in the trash, along with your cuttings.  Never let dead material collect around your roses or it can turn into a breeding ground for pests and diseases.  Finish up your pruning by giving your rose Carding Mill a fresh new layer of mulch.

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