Huntington roses were first bred in the year 2000 in the United Kingdom by David Austin. David is one of the world’s most recognized names in rose breeding and with offices around the world, you will likely find his roses in gardens in most countries worldwide. The parentage of this rose has not yet been released but this is a nice deep pink shrub rose that will look good in almost any decor.
The rose Huntington will produce blooms that will average about 3.25 inches in diameter and they will be very full with well over 50 petals each. The blooms will have a subtle fragrance much like old roses. The plant itself will grow about 4 feet tall with a width out to around 3 feet across at full maturity. You will find this rose grown in many different formal flower gardens, and it is equally at home as a centerpiece in a small sitting garden. The rose Huntington will do well in most gardens located in zones 6 through 9.
Growing the rose Huntington is not all that difficult and if you have any past experience growing roses, then you should not find this one to be much of a challenge. The biggest decision you will make in the life of your roses is where in your garden you choose 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 select a location that gets no less than 6 to 8 hours each day of direct sun light.
You also will need to grow your Huntington roses in soil that drains very well. This is not a hard thing to do for your roses, but I am always amazed at how many growers overlook this very important point. Roses that are grown in poor soil will almost always under-perform but even worse, they tend to become very weak and sickly plants and are very prone to diseases. If you are unsure about the quality of your garden soil, take a trip to the local garden center and pick up a bag or two of a good organic soil mix that is specifically designed for growing roses. In the long run your rose Huntington will thank you for it.
Getting your rose Huntington into the ground is rather simple and most growers can get the job done very well with just a few basic hand tools. How you go about planting your roses does depend a little bit on how you purchased them. If you bought your rose locally, then they most likely already had it planted 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 while giving you plenty of room around the roots for your soil mix.
If you order your Huntington roses from an online source, then they probably shipped them to you as bareroot plants, which is not uncommon. You should first soak the roots of these plants 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 so you can set the plant on top of a mound of soil while keeping the bud union no more than an inch below the surface once planted.
Once you have your rose Huntington 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 soil mix. Give the soil a good heavy watering with your garden hose until it flows all over the roots like mud. Then go ahead and continue 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 air pockets around the roots of the plant.
Taking care of the rose Huntington is fairly straight forward and once again, any past experience you may have growing roses will certainly 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 will usually amount to one deep watering per week but if you live in a region that is hot or dry, then you should check your roses every few days for moisture level.
You also should consider giving your Huntington roses a dose of a granular all-purpose 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 do nicely with a few additional feedings over the course of the growing season. I will almost always give my roses a second feeding as soon as they are done with the first big bloom, then a third feeding sometime around midsummer to encourage late season flushes. Your rose Huntington should do nicely on this schedule as well.
You should prune the rose Huntington in the late winter or very early spring, when your weather starts to warm but before the leaves open up. This will make pruning much easier on you and your rose. Start by removing all the dead and discolored canes from the plant and set your cuttings aside. Next, prune back any overlapping lateral canes as these will 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.
This is also the best time to clean up around the base of your Huntington roses and get rid of all the dead leaves and debris that often collect there from the previous season. Throw away all of this material in the trash along with your cuttings. You never want to allow dead material to lay around your roses because it can easily turn into a breeding ground for pests and diseases. Finish up your pruning by giving your rose Huntington a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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