Harlow Carr roses were first bred in 2005 in the United Kingdom by David Austin. David is known pretty much the world over for his many stunning creations and you will find his roses in most of the major countries around the world. This rose was created by crossing the AUSman rose with an unnamed seedling. The result is a classic pink shrub rose that has a great strong fragrance.
The rose Harlow Carr will produce blooms that will average about 2.5 inches in diameter. The blooms will be somewhat full with as many as 60 or so petals each. The plant itself will stay fairly compact, only growing to a height of about 4 feet tall at full maturity, with a width of just a little less than that. This vigorous grower is extremely tolerant of warmer temperatures, making it a favorite among southern growers who get the warmer summers. The rose Harlow Carr is sure to make a statement no matter where you grow it in your garden and it is even well suited for containers.
Growing the rose Harlow Carr is not terribly hard and if you have any prior experience growing roses, then you really should not find this one to be all that tough. The biggest 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 select a location that gets no less than 6 to 8 hours each day of direct sun light, but more is always better!
You also will need to grow your Harlow Carr roses in soil that drains very well. This is sort of a no-brainer for rose growers, but I am always surprised at how many other growers overlook this very important aspect. If you grow your roses in poor soil, you will often find that they not only under-perform, but they also tend to become very weak and sickly. If you are not sure about the quality of your garden soil, take a trip to your local garden center and pick up a bag or two of a good soil mix that is designed for roses. Your rose Harlow Carr will thank you for it in the long run!
Getting the rose Harlow Carr into the ground is not difficult and most growers can get the task 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 bought one from a local nursery, then chances are it was already established 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 give you plenty of room around the roots for your soil mix while keeping the bud union at its original depth.
If you bought your Harlow Carr roses online, then they might 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 or so below the surface once planted.
Once you have your rose Harlow Carr set in place on top of the mound, spread the roots out in all directions and then back fill the hole about halfway to start, using your new soil mix. Take your garden hose and water the loose soil very heavily until it flows all 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 heavy watering and be sure to top off any last settling that may 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 Harlow Carr is straight forward 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 provide 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 your region typically gets hot or dry weather, then you should check on your roses every 4 to 5 days.
You should consider giving your Harlow Carr roses a dose of a granular all-purpose fertilizer in the spring when the leaves begin to open up. This will get your roses 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 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, with a third feeding coming around the middle of the summer to encourage late season flushes. Your rose Harlow Carr should do very well on this feeding schedule also.
You should prune the rose Harlow Carr in the late winter or early spring, when the weather begins to warm but before the leaves start to open. This makes the job of pruning so much easier on you and your roses. Start by getting rid of all the dead and discolored canes from the plant and set your cuttings aside. Next, prune back any overlapping lateral canes as these may 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.
This is also the best time to clean up around the base of your Harlow Carr roses to get rid of all the dead leaves and debris that often collects there from the previous season. Throw away all of this material in the trash, along with your cuttings. Never let dead matter lay around your roses or it can quickly turn into a breeding ground for pests and diseases. Finish up your pruning by giving your rose Harlow Carr a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the new growing season.
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