Lady Emma Hamilton Roses

History of Lady Emma Hamilton Roses:

Lady Emma Hamilton roses were first bred in 2005 in the United Kingdom by David Austin.  David Austin is perhaps one of the most recognized names in roses.  Specializing in shrub and climbing roses, he is most known for his old English rose collection.  The parentage of this rose has not yet been disclosed however this is a gorgeous orange blend shrub rose.

The blooms on the rose Lady Emma Hamilton will reach an average diameter of about 3.5 inches and they will have a nice strong fruity fragrance.  The blooms will be fairly full with over 40 petals per bloom.  The plant itself will grow to a height of about 4 feet at full maturity with a width just a little less than that.  The rose Lady Emma Hamilton is an excellent choice for cut flower arrangements, and it is also well suited for container growing on your porch or patio.  This rose will do well in most gardens within zones 6 through 9.

Growing Lady Emma Hamilton Roses:

Growing the rose Lady Emma Hamilton is not difficult and if you have any past experience growing roses, then you really should not find this one to be much of a challenge.  The most important decision that you will make in the life of your roses is where in your garden you choose to grow them.  You will find that roses need a lot of sun light if you want them to perform at their best, and this one is no exception.  Try to pick a location in your garden that gets no less than 6 hours every day of direct sun light, but if you can provide more, that is even better!

You also will need to grow your Lady Emma Hamilton roses in soil that drains very well.  This is not a hard thing to get done but I am always amazed at how many growers overlook this very important point.  If you try growing roses in poor soil, you will find that not only do they underperform, but they often will become weak and spindly.  This is a simple thing to overcome however.  Take a trip to your local garden center and pick up a bag or two of a good quality soil mix that is designed specifically for roses.  In the long run your rose Lady Emma Hamilton will thank you for it.

Planting Lady Emma Hamilton Roses:

Getting your rose Lady Emma Hamilton into the ground is not hard and most growers are able to get the job done very well with just a few basic hand tools.  How you go about planting your roses does depend a little on how you purchased them.  If you picked one up at your local nursery, then chances are it was already planted for you 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 your bud union at its original planting depth, while giving you plenty of room around the roots for your soil mix.

If you bought your Lady Emma Hamilton 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 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 Lady Emma Hamilton 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.  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 ensure that no air pockets have formed around the roots of the plant.

Caring for Lady Emma Hamilton Roses:

Taking care of the rose Lady Emma Hamilton is pretty 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 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 also should consider giving your Lady Emma Hamilton 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 on the season.  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 midsummer to encourage late season flushes.  Your rose Lady Emma Hamilton should do nicely on this schedule as well.

Pruning Lady Emma Hamilton Roses:

You should prune the rose Lady Emma Hamilton in the late winter or very early spring, when the weather begins to warm, but before the leaves start to open.  This will make the job of pruning easier on you and your roses.  Start by removing all the dead and discolored wood from the plant and set your cuttings aside.  Next, cut back any overlapping lateral canes from the plant 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 Lady Emma Hamilton roses to get rid of any debris that often collects around roses over the 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 Lady Emma Hamilton a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.

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