Lady of Shalott Roses

History of Lady of Shalott Roses:

Lady of Shalott roses were first bred in 2009 in the United Kingdom by David Austin.  David Austin is a world renowned rose breeder who specializes in shrub and climbing roses, and is most noted for his old English rose collection.  The parentage of this particular rose has not been currently revealed but this is a gorgeous apricot colored rose that has salmon and gold colored highlights. 

The blooms on the rose Lady of Shalott will reach an average diameter of about 3 inches and they will be very full with over 60 petals per bloom.  This rose has a very pleasing apple tea fragrance that makes it a joy to both smell and look at!  The plant itself will grow to a height of just under 4 feet tall with a width of a little less than its height.  This shorter stature makes this rose an excellent candidate for container growing, but it is equally at home in your garden.  The rose Lady of Shalott will do well in most regions within zones 6 through 9.

Growing Lady of Shalott Roses:

Growing the rose Lady of Shalott is not all that difficult and if you happen to have any past experience growing roses, then you should not find this one to be much of a challenge.  The biggest choice you will make in the life of your roses is where in the garden you decide to grow them.  Your roses will need a lot of sun light if you want them to perform well and this one is no exception.  So try and choose a spot in your garden that will get no less than 6 hours every day of full sun, but if you can provide more, that is even better.

You also will need to grow your Lady of Shalott roses in soil that drains very well.  This is a relatively simple thing to do but I am always amazed at how many growers tend to overlook this important part of rose growing.  If you don’t give your rose the proper soil type then you will usually find that not only will they underperform, but they also tend to get very weak and sickly and they can become very susceptible to disease.  Your local garden center should carry a good soil mix that is designed for roses and in the long run, your rose Lady of Shalott will thank you for it.

Planting Lady of Shalott Roses:

Getting the rose Lady of Shalott into the ground is pretty easy 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 the local nursery, then they might have already planted it for you in a container.  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 depth while still giving you more than enough room around the roots for your soil mix.

If you bought your Lady of Shalott roses online, then there is a good chance they came to you as bareroot plants, which is very common for shipping purposes.  You should first soak the roots of these overnight in a bucket of room temperature water, prior to planting day, to rehydrate the roots.  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 at its original depth.

Once you have the rose Lady of Shalott set in place on top of the mound, spread the roots out in all directions and then back fill the hole only 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 it one more 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 any air pockets around the roots.

Caring for Lady of Shalott Roses:

Taking care of the rose Lady of Shalott is straight forward and much the same as any other roses you may have cared for in the past.  You will need to make sure that you provide your roses with ample water and nutrients, while taking care 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 4 to 5 days.

You also should consider giving your Lady of Shalott roses a dose of a granular all-purpose fertilizer in the spring when the leaves begin opening up.  This helps get the plant off to a fast start.  Like most of David’s roses, this one will also bloom repeatedly over the season, so it will benefit from a few more feedings spread out over a couple months.  I will give my roses their second feeding right after they have finished the first big bloom, with a third feeding coming around the middle of the summer to encourage late season flushes.  Your rose Lady of Shalott should do well on this schedule also.

Pruning Lady of Shalott Roses:

You should prune the rose Lady of Shalott in the late winter or very early spring when the weather warms in your region, but before the leaves start to open.  This makes the task of pruning so much easier.  Start by removing all the discolored and dead wood 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 Lady of Shalott roses and get rid of all the debris that often collects around your roses from the last season.  Throw all of this away in the trash with your cuttings, never let dead matter lay around your roses.  Finish up your pruning by giving your rose Lady of Shalott a fresh layer of mulch to start off the growing season.

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