Golden Celebration roses were first bred in 1992 in the United Kingdom by David Austin. David is perhaps one of the most well-known rose breeders in the world because of his fantastic collection of English shrub roses among many others. This particular rose was created by crossing the Charles Austin rose with the rose Abraham Darby. The result is a gorgeous deep yellow rose with golden centers and a nice strong, sweet smelling fragrance.
I’ve always been partial to yellow roses that have a strong fragrance and rich color, so it’s not surprising that the rose Golden Celebration is among my favorites. This rose will produce blooms that will grow to about 3 inches or so in diameter and they will have a lot of petals, over 50 per bloom. The plant itself will grow to about 4 to 5 feet tall at full maturity with a width of just a little less than its height. The rose Golden Celebration is somewhat susceptible to blackspot and should do very well in zones 5 through 10.
Growing the rose Golden Celebration is fairly simple and if you have any past experience growing roses then I am sure you will not find this one to be all that challenging. One of the most important decisions that you will make in the life of your roses is where in your garden you decide to grow them. Roses require a lot of sun light if you want them to perform well and this variety is no exception. Try to choose a site that gets no less than 6 to 8 hours each day of direct sun light. More is even better!
You also will need to grow your Golden Celebration roses in soil that drains very well. Now for some growers this may seem like common sense, but you would be amazed at how often growers overlook this point. This is so important for the health of your roses but it is also rather simple to fix. If you take a trip to your local garden center, you will find a wide range of soil mixes available, many of which are designed specifically for roses. Choose the one that best fits your application and go with that. Your rose Golden Celebration will thank you for it!
Getting your rose Golden Celebration into the ground is not a tough task and most growers can get the job done pretty easily with just a few basic hand tools. How you go about planting your roses does depend a little bit on how you originally purchased them. If you bought your roses from a local nursery, then most likely they were already established for you in a container and probably 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 depth while giving you plenty of room around the roots for your soil mix.
If you bought your Golden Celebration roses online, then there is a good chance that they 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 let you place 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 Golden Celebration set in place, spread the roots out in every direction around the mound 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 around the roots like mud, then you can go ahead and finish filling the hole the remainder of the way. Give the soil one more deep watering and 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 Golden Celebration is pretty straight forward 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 careful not to overdo it. For most climates this usually amounts to one deep watering per week. If you live in a hot or dry climate, then you should check on your roses every 4 to 5 days.
You also should consider giving your Golden Celebration roses a dose of a granular all-purpose fertilizer in the early spring when the leaves begin to open. This will help get your roses off to a great start. 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 right after they have finished the first big bloom, then a third feeding around the middle of the summer to encourage late season flushes. Your rose Golden Celebration should do nicely on this schedule also.
You should prune your rose Golden Celebration in the very early spring when the weather begins to warm but before the leaves have started to open. This makes pruning so much 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 that they do not compete for sun light once the leaves fully open. 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 Golden Celebration roses to get rid of all the dead leaves and debris that often collects there from the previous growing season. Throw this material away in the trash along with your cuttings. Never let dead matter lay around your roses as it can quickly turn into a breeding ground for pests and diseases. Finish up your pruning by giving your rose Golden Celebration a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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