Crown Princess Margareta roses were first bred in 1990 in the United Kingdom by David Austin. Few rose growers do not know the name David Austin, but in case you are one of them, he is widely regarded as one of the leading rose hybridizers in the world and he specializes in old English shrub and climbing roses. This particular rose was created by crossing an unnamed seedling with the Abraham Darby rose. The result is a great apricot colored shrub rose that has a strong fruity tea fragrance.
The rose Crown Princess Margareta will grow to about 6 feet tall at full maturity, with a width of about 4 feet across. The blooms will average about 4 inches or so in diameter and they will be extremely full, like most of David’s roses, with well over 100 petals each. The rose Crown Princess Margareta is a great choice for cut flower arrangements and you can expect this rose to do well in zones 6 through 9.
Growing the rose Crown Princess Margareta is not all that difficult 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 require a lot of sun light if you want them to perform at their best, and this one is no exception. For this reason, you will want to find a suitable location in your garden that gets at least 6 or more hours a day of full sun.
You also will need to grow your Crown Princess Margareta roses in soil that drains very well. This is not a tough thing to take care of but it is one of the most overlooked aspects of growing roses. If you are unsure about the quality of your garden soil, the easiest way to remedy this is to take a trip to your local garden center and pick up a bag of a good brand of soil mix. Find one that is designed specifically for roses as most of the guesswork will be done for you. Your rose Crown Princess Margareta will thank you for it!
Getting the rose Crown Princess Margareta into the ground is fairly straight forward and how you go about planting depends a little bit on how you originally purchased your rose. If you bought one from a local nursery then it may have already been established 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 give you ample room around the roots for your soil mix while keeping the bud union at its original depth.
If you bought your Crown Princess Margareta roses online, then they could 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 to rehydrate the roots. Then dig your hole as wide as the longest roots on the plant and deep enough so that you can set your plant on top of a mound of soil while keeping the bud union no more than an inch below the surface.
Once you have your rose Crown Princess Margareta set in place on top of the mound, spread the roots out in all directions and then backfill the hole about halfway first, using your soil mix. Take your garden hose and water the loose soil heavily until it flows around the roots like mud, then you can finish filling the hole. Give the soil one more heavy watering and be sure to top off any final settling that may occur. 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.
Taking care of the rose Crown Princess Margareta is pretty straight forward and once again, any past experience you might 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 being careful not to overdo it. For most climates this usually amounts to one deep watering per week. If your region is hot and dry, then you may need to check on your roses every 4 to 5 days.
You also should consider giving your Crown Princess Margareta roses a dose of a granular all-purpose fertilizer in the spring when the leaves begin to open. This will give your roses a quick start to the season. Like most of David’s creations, this one is also a repeat bloomer so it will benefit nicely from a few additional feedings over the course of the growing season. I usually give my roses their second feeding as soon as they have finished the first big bloom, with a third feeding coming around the middle of the summer to encourage late season flushes. Your rose Crown Princess Margareta should do nicely on this schedule as well.
You should prune the rose Crown Princess Margareta in the late winter or very early spring, when the weather starts to warm but before the leaves begin to open. This makes the task of pruning a lot easier. 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 do not compete for sun light later on when all 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 clean up around the base of your Crown Princess Margareta roses to get rid of all the dead leaves and debris that often collects there. Throw away all of this material in the trash along with your roses. Never let dead matter gather around your roses as it can turn into a breeding ground for pests and diseases. Finish up your pruning by giving your rose Crown Princess Margareta a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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