James Galway roses were first bred in 2000 in the United Kingdom by David Austin. David Austin is not only one of the most popular rose breeders in England, but you will find his roses in most of the major countries around the world. This rose was created by crossing an unnamed seedling with the Heritage rose. The result is a great pink climbing English rose that has a subtle old rose fragrance.
The rose James Galway will produce blooms that average about 3.25 inches in diameter and the blooms will be very full with over 100 petals per bloom. This rose will grow upwards to about 8 feet tall at full maturity and it will spread out up to 10 feet across if left unchecked. Make sure that you plan adequate room for the rose James Galway or you will find that this one will take over a small garden or space. You can also keep this rose pruned low to grow as a shrub. This rose is high resistant to diseases, making it a favorite among newer rose growers.
Growing the rose James Galway is not all that hard and if you have any past experience growing roses then you should not find this variety to be all that challenging. The biggest decision you will make in the life of your roses is where in the garden you decide to grow them. Roses require a lot of sun light if you want them to perform at their best and this variety is no exception. Try to select a location that gets no less than 6 to 8 hours each day of full sun light. If you can provide more then that is even better.
You also will want to grow your James Galway roses in soil that drains very well. This is a rather easy thing to do but I am often amazed at how many newer growers overlook this point. If you are not sure about the quality of your garden soil, you can take a trip to the local garden center and pick up a bag of a good soil mix that is designed specifically for growing roses. This will take much of the guesswork out of it for you and your rose James Galway will thank you!
Getting your rose James Galway into the ground is a straight forward task and most growers can get the job done nicely with just a few additional hand tools. How you originally bought your roses does determine a little bit on how you get them into the ground. If you bought your rose locally, then chances are they were already 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 give you ample room around the roots for your soil mix while keeping the bud union at its original depth.
If you bought your James Galway roses online, then they may 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 so you can set the plant on top of a mound of soil and still keep the bud union less than an inch below the surface of the soil.
Once you have your rose James Galway set in place on top of the mound of soil, spread all the roots out in every direction and then back fill the hole at least halfway to start, using your soil mix. Take the garden hose and water the loose soil heavily until it flows around the roots like mud, then you can finish filling the hole. Give the soil one last heavy watering and top off any last settling that might 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 James Galway is not difficult and once again, any past experience you have growing roses will certainly come in handy here as well. You will need to make sure that you are giving your roses 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 region, then you should check on your roses every few days.
You also should consider giving your James Galway roses a dose of a granular all-purpose fertilizer in the spring when the leaves begin to open up. This will give your roses a fast start to the growing season. Like most of David’s creations, this rose is also a repeat bloomer so it will benefit greatly from a few additional feedings over the course of the growing season. I usually will give my roses their second feeding after the first big bloom, then a third feeding sometime around the middle of the summer to encourage late season flushes. Your rose James Galway should do nicely on this schedule as well.
You should prune the rose James Galway in the late winter or very early spring when the weather begins to warm but before the leaves start 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 these 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 James Galway roses to get rid of all the dead leaves and debris that often collects there. Throw away all of this material in the trash along with your cuttings. Never let dead matter lay around your roses or it can turn into a breeding ground for various pests and diseases. Finish up your pruning by giving your rose James Galway a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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