Darcey Bussell roses were first bred in the United Kingdom around 2004 by David Austin. David Austin is one of the world’s most recognized names in roses and with offices in most of the major countries, you will find his many wonderful creations in gardens all over the world. The parentage of this particular rose has not yet been revealed but the result is a splendid deep red rose that produces large blooms with a very modest fragrance.
The blooms on the rose Darcey Bussell will reach an average diameter of about 4 inches and they will be very full, having upwards of 80 or more petals per bloom. The plant itself will grow to a height of 3 to 5 feet tall at full maturity, with a width of just a little less than that. This vigorous growers is at home in both the garden or in a pot or container on your patio. The rose Darcey Bussell will do nicely in most areas in zones 6 through 9.
Growing the rose Darcey Bussell is not all that hard 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 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 well and this one is no exception. Try to pick a spot where it will get no less than 6 or 8 hours each day of full sun. If you are able to provide more, then that is even better.
You also will need to grow your Darcey Bussell roses in soil that drains very well. If you try to grow your roses in poor soil you will usually find that they underperform, and also become weak and sickly and prone to disease. This is a rather easy issue to overcome however as your local garden center will likely carry a wide range of soil mixes, some being designed specifically for roses. Choose the one that best suits your application and use that. Your rose Darcey Bussell will thank you for it in the long run.
Getting the rose Darcey Bussell into the ground is not tough and most growers can get the job done well with just a few basic hand tools. How you plant your roses does depend a little bit on how you purchased them. if you bought your roses locally, then there is a good chance 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 the bud union at its original planting depth, which is very important, while still giving you room around the roots for your soil mix.
If you bought your Darcey Bussell roses online, then they may have sent them to you as bareroot plants, which is very common. These you should first soak the roots of overnight in a bucket of room temperature water, prior to planting day. Then dig your hole as wide as the longest roots and deep enough so you can place the plant on top of a mound of soil while keeping the bud union no more than an inch below the surface once the hole is filled.
Once you have your rose Darcey Bussell set in place on top of the mound, spread the roots out in all directions and back fill the hole only halfway to start, using whatever soil mix you chose. 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 the rest of the way. Give the soil one last heavy watering and 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.
Taking care of the rose Darcey Bussell is pretty easy and once again, any prior 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 being very careful not to overdo it. For most climates this amounts to about one deep watering every week. If you live in a hot or dry region, then you should check on your roses every 4 to 5 days to be safe.
You also should consider giving your Darcey Bussell roses a dose of a granular all-purpose fertilizer in the spring when the leaves begin to open up. This will help get them off to a fast start. Like most of David’s creations, this one is also a repeat bloomer, which means it will benefit nicely from additional feedings over the season. I will always give my roses their second feeding right after the first big bloom and then a third feeding sometime around midsummer to encourage late season flushes. Your rose Darcey Bussell should do nicely on this schedule as well.
You should prune the rose Darcey Bussell in the late winter or very early spring, when your weather begins to warm but before the leaves start to open. This makes pruning so much easier. Start by cutting out all the dead and discolored wood from the plant and set your cuttings aside. Next, prune back any overlapping lateral canes so they cannot compete for sun light when all of the leaves are fully open. Lastly, give any remaining canes a cut back by about one third of their current height to promote new growth.
This is the best time to clean up around your Darcey Bussell roses to get rid of any leaves and debris that always seem to collect around your roses. Throw everything away in the trash along with your cuttings. Never let dead matter collect around your roses or it can quickly turn into a breeding ground for pests and diseases. Finish up your pruning by giving your rose Darcey Bussell a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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