L D Braithwaite roses were first bred in 1988 in the United Kingdom by David Austin. Anyone who loves roses has most likely heard of David Austin as he is widely regarded as a leading hybridizer of roses. His company has offices in most major countries so you are likely to find his many creations all over the world. This particular rose was created by crossing The Squire rose, with the rose Mary Rose. The result is a gorgeous dark red shrub rose with a strong fragrance of old roses.
The rose L D Braithwaite will produce blooms that are typical for David’s roses, growing about 3.5 or so inches in diameter and they will be extremely full with over 100 petals per bloom. The plant itself will grow upwards of about 6 feet tall at full maturity, with a width out to around 8 feet across. This rose is at home in most styles of gardens and you can even choose to grow it in a container for your porch or patio. The rose L D Braithwaite will do well in most regions within zones 6 through 10.
Growing the rose L D Braithwaite is not really much of a challenge and if you happen to have any past experience growing roses, then you should not find this variety to be too difficult. The most important choice 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 select a location that gets no less than 6 to 8 hours each day of direct sun light, but more light is even better.
You also will need to grow your L D Braithwaite roses in soil that drains very well. This is common for roses in general but it is also one of the most overlooked aspects of rose growing. Roses that are grown in poor soil will respond like most plants will, they will almost always under-perform and they tend to get very weak and sickly. If you are unsure about your garden soil, take a trip to your local garden center and pick up a bag of a high quality soil mix that is designed specifically for growing roses. In the long run your rose L D Braithwaite will thank you for it.
Getting your rose L D Braithwaite into the ground is not hard and most growers are able to get the job done with just a few basic hand tools. How you go about planting your roses depends a little bit on how you bought them. If you bought one from a local nursery, then they probably already have it planted in a container for you 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 your bud union at its original planting depth, while giving you plenty of room around the roots for your soil mix.
If you ordered your L D Braithwaite roses online, they may have sent you 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 you hole as wide as the longest roots on the plant, and deep enough to allow you to 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 of the plant.
Once you have your rose L D Braithwaite set in place on the mound, spread the roots out in all directions and then back fill the hole about halfway to start, using your soil mix. Take your 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 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 L D Braithwaite is fairly straight forward and once again, any past experience you 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 about one deep watering every week. If you live in a hot and dry climate, then you will need to check your roses every couple of days just to be safe.
You also should consider giving your L D Braithwaite roses a dose of a granular, all-purpose fertilizer in the spring when the leaves start to open. This will get your roses off to a great start. Like most of David’s roses, 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 will usually give my roses their second feeding immediately following the first big bloom, with a third coming around midsummer to encourage late season flushes. Your rose L D Braithwaite should do very well on this schedule also.
You should prune your rose L D Braithwaite in the late winter or very early spring when the weather begins to warm, but before the leaves start to open. This makes pruning easier on you and the plant. Start by removing all the dead and discolored leaves from the plant and set your cuttings aside. Next, prune back any overlapping lateral canes as these will 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 L D Braithwaite roses and get rid of all the dead leaves and debris that often collects around your roses. Throw this material away 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 L D Braithwaite a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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