History of George Dickson Roses:
The hybrid tea rose George Dickson was first bred in 1912 in the United Kingdom by Alexander Dickson. Dickson was a famous rose breeder based out of Northern Ireland who began hybridizing roses back in 1879. This creation of his is a slightly different take on the classic red rose. The tops of the petals are a bright red scarlet color, while the backs of the petals are a faded maroon color. The blooms have a strong tea scented fragrance and they make for wonderful cut flowers.
The blooms on George Dickson roses are of an average size for hybrid tea roses, reaching diameters of around 5”. The blooms will also be somewhat full, having around 35 to 40 petals per bloom. The plant itself will grow to about 5 or 6 feet tall with a width around half its height. Like most hybrid tea roses, the rose George Dickson will bloom repeatedly over the course of a single growing season if properly cared for. This variety is somewhat susceptible to mildew and will thrive in zones 6 and warmer.
Growing George Dickson Roses:
Growing the rose George Dickson is a pretty easy task, especially if you have some prior experience growing roses. If you don’t, do not worry. There are a few basics you should know. The biggest decision you will make in the life of your roses is where in the garden you grow them. Roses will require a lot of sun light if you want them to perform well. For this reason among others, you should try and find a location in your garden where your roses will get a minimum of 6 to 8 hours each day of full sun.
You also should make sure that the soil you are growing your George Dickson roses in drains well. This will lead to proper root health and a strong and prosperous plant. This is a rather easy thing to accomplish these days as there are a wide range of soil mixes available commercially. Also see if you can find a location that allows your rose George Dickson to be subjected to the natural air currents through your garden. This really helps keep the leaves of your rose dry and healthy and goes a long way towards fending off certain diseases.
Planting George Dickson Roses:
Getting your rose George Dickson into the ground is also not terribly difficult and most folks can get the job done with a little ambition and a few basic hand tools. If you picked up your rose from a local source, then more than likely it was already planted in a container and ready to bloom. These are the easiest to get into the ground. Dig your hole at least twice the diameter of the container it came in, and equally as deep. This will keep the bud union at its current depth while giving you plenty of room around the roots for your soil mix.
If you bought your George Dickson roses from an online retailer, then there is a chance they might have sent them to you as bareroot plants, which is not uncommon. You should first soak 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 atop a mound of soil while keeping the bud union about an inch or so below the surface of the soil.
Once you have your rose George Dickson set in place atop the mound, spread the roots out in all directions around the mound and then back fill the hole about halfway to start, using your soil mix. Give the loose soil a heavy watering until it flows like mud around the roots, then fill the hole the rest of the way. Give it one more heavy watering and be sure to top off any final settling that may occur. This method should ensure that you don’t have any air pockets under the soil.
Depending on how hot your weather is around planting time, you may want to mound up some fresh mulch around the exposed canes of the plant to help prevent them from drying out until new growth has formed. At which time you can remove the mound back to ground level.
Caring for George Dickson Roses:
Taking care of the rose George Dickson is not unlike other hybrid tea roses that you may have grown in the past. You will need to make sure that you are providing it with ample water, while taking care not to overdo it. For most mild climates this amounts to about one deep watering every week. If you live in a hot or dry region, then you might want to check your roses every couple of days.
You also can give your George Dickson roses a dose of a granular all-purpose fertilizer in the early spring when the leaves begin to open up. This will give your roses a great jump on the year. Like most hybrid tea roses, this variety is also a repeat bloomer so it will benefit greatly from a few additional feedings over the course of the growing season. I typically will give my roses their second feeding right after the first big bloom, and then a third feeding around the middle of the summer. Your rose George Dickson will do well on this schedule also.
Pruning George Dickson Roses:
You should prune the rose George Dickson in the very early spring before the leaves begin to form so you can see what you are doing more easily. Start by removing all the dead and discolored canes from the plant and set your cuttings aside. Next, prune back the overlapping lateral canes from the plant so they do not compete with one another for sun light later on. Lastly, give the remaining canes a cut back by about one third of their current height to promote new growth.
This is also the time to clean up around the base of your George Dickson roses to get rid of all the dead leaves and debris that may have collected there from the previous growing season. Throw away all of this material in the trash along with your cuttings. Never let dead matter lay around your roses. Finish up by giving your rose George Dickson a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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