Heritage roses were first bred in 1984 in the United Kingdom by David Austin. David is one of the most recognized names in roses and with offices in most major countries, you will find his many wonderful roses in gardens all over the world. This rose was created by crossing the floribunda Iceberg rose with an undisclosed seedling. The result is a soft pink shrub rose that has a strong fragrance of lemon.
The rose Heritage will produce blooms that are about 3.5 inches in diameter and they will be very full with over 60 or 70 petals per blooms in some cases. The plant itself will grow to just over 4 feet tall at full maturity with a width of about the same. This rose is very hardy and is well suited to most gardens within zones 5 through 10. Another nice feature of the rose Heritage is the fact that it is nearly thornless!
Growing the rose Heritage is not all that difficult and if you have any prior experience growing roses, then you should not find this one to be all that challenging. The most important decision that you will make in the life of your roses is where in your garden you choose to grow them. Roses need a lot of sun light if you want your roses to perform well and this one is no exception. Try to select a location that gets no less than 6 hours every day of full sun light, but if you can provide more, then that is even better.
You also will need to grow your Heritage roses in soil that drains very well. This is an extremely important part of rose growing but it is also one of the most overlooked aspects that I see. If you do not grow your roses in the proper soil, they will almost always underperform and they usually become very weak and sickly plants. If you are unsure 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 quality soil mix that is designed for roses. Your rose Heritage will thank you for it in the long run.
Getting the rose Heritage into the ground is not hard and most growers can get this job done rather 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 picked one up from a local nursery, they probably had it planted for you already 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 give you plenty of room around the roots for your soil mix while keeping the bud union at its original depth.
If you ordered your Heritage roses online, they may have shipped them to you as bareroot plants which is not uncommon. For these you should first soak the roots 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 of the soil.
Once you have your rose Heritage set in place on top of the mound, spread the roots out in every direction and then back fill the hole about halfway to start, using your soil mix. Take the garden hose and water the loose soil heavily until it flows all around the roots like mud, then you can go ahead and finish filling the hole the rest of the way. Give the soil one last heavy watering and be sure to top off any final settling that might occur, but do not tamp down the soil. This method should make sure that no air pockets have formed around the roots.
Taking care of the rose Heritage is pretty simple 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 are providing your roses with enough water and nutrients while taking care not to overdo it. For most climates this amounts to about one deep watering per week. If you live in a region that is hot or dry, then you should check on your roses every 4 to 5 days, just to be safe.
You should consider giving your Heritage roses a dose of a granular fertilizer in the spring when the leaves begin to open up. Like most of David’s roses, 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 as soon as they have finished their first big bloom, with a third feeding coming around the middle of the summer to encourage late season flushes. Your rose Heritage should do nicely on this schedule as well.
You should prune the rose Heritage in the late winter or very early spring, when the weather in your region begins to warm, but before the leaves start to open. This will make pruning so much easier for you and the plant. Start by removing all the dead and discolored wood from the plant and set your cuttings aside. Next, prune back any lateral canes that overlap one another so these will not compete for sun light when 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 rake up around the base of your Heritage roses and clean up all the dead leaves and debris that often collect there from the previous growing season. Throw away all of this material in the trash along with your cuttings. Never let dead matter collect around your roses as it can quickly turn into a breeding ground for pests and diseases. Finish up your pruning by giving your rose Heritage a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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