Claire Austin roses were first bred in 2007 in the United Kingdom by David Austin. David is one of the world’s leading experts on rose hybridization and he is probably one of the most recognized names. The parentage of this rose has not yet been disclosed however this is a white blended shrub rose that has a strong myrrh fragrance. This rose will produce blooms that will average about 3.5 inches or so in diameter.
The rose Claire Austin will grow to about 4 feet tall at full maturity with a width just over 3 feet across. The blooms on this rose will be extremely full with as many as 80 petals per bloom. This rose is very well suited to most gardens and you can even grow it in a large container if you would like to bring in onto your sunny porch or patio. The rose Claire Austin should do well in most regions within zones 6 through 9.
Growing the rose Claire Austin is not all that difficult and if you have any past experience growing roses then you should not 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 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. You should try to pick a spot in your garden that gets no less than 6 hours every day of full sun, but if you can offer your roses more, that is even better.
You also will need to grow your Claire Austin roses in soil that drains very well. This is a rather simple thing to do but you would be surprised at how many growers overlook this important aspect of rose growing. Roses that are grown in improper soil tend to not only underperform, but they will usually end up weak and sickly as well. If you are unsure about the quality of your garden soil, you can take a trip to the local garden center where they will likely have a range of soil mixes available. Choose one that is designed for growing roses and use that. Your rose Claire Austin will thank you for it.
Getting your rose Claire Austin into the ground is not hard and most growers are able to get this 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 picked up one at a local nursery, then they probably already had it planted for you in a container. 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 depth while giving you plenty of room around the roots for your soil mix.
If you ordered your Claire Austin roses online, then 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. 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 below the surface once filled.
Once you have your rose Claire Austin set in place on top of the mound, spread the roots out in all directions and then back fill the hole only halfway to begin with, 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 finish filling the hole. Give the soil one more heavy watering and top off any final settling that might occur, but do not tamp down the soil. This method should make sure that no air pockets have formed around the roots of the plant.
Taking care of the rose Claire Austin is not all that tough and once again, any past experience you may have growing roses will sure 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 amounts to about one deep watering every week. If you live in a region with very hot or dry weather, then you should check on your roses every 4 to 5 days just to be sure.
You also should consider giving your Claire Austin roses a dose of a granular all-purpose fertilizer in the spring when the leaves begin to open. This will help get your roses off to a strong start. 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 course of the growing season. I will give my roses their second feeding immediately following the first big bloom, then a third feeding coming around midsummer to encourage late season flushes. Your rose Claire Austin should do nicely on this schedule as well.
You should prune the rose Claire Austin in the late winter or very early spring when the weather begins to warm but before the leaves start to open. This will make the job of pruning that much easier on you and the plant. Start by removing all the dead and discolored wood from the plant and set all of your cuttings aside. Next, prune back any overlapping lateral canes as these will compete for sun light when all of the leaves are 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 your Claire Austin roses and get rid of any debris that often collects around your roses. Throw all of this material away in the trash, along with your cuttings. Never let dead matter lay around your roses or it can turn into a breeding ground for pests and diseases. Finish up your pruning by giving your rose Claire Austin a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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