Lichfield Angel roses were first bred in 2006 in the United Kingdom by David Austin. David Austin is perhaps one of the most recognized names in rose breeding. With over 40 years of experience breeding roses, you will find his many creations scattered in just about every country around the world. The parentage of this particular rose has not been released, but this shrub rose is part of David’s English Rose Collection.
The rose Lichfield Angel will produce cream colored blooms that will grow to an average diameter of about 4 inches across and they may have a mild fragrance of cloves. The blooms will be very full, having well over 50 petals per bloom. The plant itself will grow to heights of about 4 feet tall at full maturity with a width of around 3 feet across. The rose Lichfield Angel will do very well in most regions located in zones 6 through 9.
Growing the rose Lichfield Angel is not all that 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 biggest decision you will make in the life of your roses is where in your garden you choose to grow them. Roses need 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. If you can provide them with more, then that is even better.
You also will want to grow your Lichfield Angel roses in soil that drains out very well. This is really not a tough thing to get done but I have discovered that it is one of the most overlooked aspects of rose growing. If you are unsure about the quality of your garden soil, the easiest way is to pick up a few bags of a quality soil mix designed specifically for roses. Your rose Lichfield Angel will thank you for it in the long run.
Getting the rose Lichfield Angel into the ground is not hard and most growers are able to get this job done very well with just a couple basic hand tools. How you go about planting your rose depends a little bit on how you purchased it. If you found one at the local nursery, then more than likely they already had it 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 the bud union at its original depth while giving you ample room around the roots for your soil mix.
If you purchased your Lichfield Angel roses online, they probably were shipped to you as bareroot plants which is not uncommon. These are not difficult to plant but 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 and deep enough to allow you to set the plant on top of a mound of soil and still keeping the bud union no more than an inch or so below the surface.
Once you have your rose Lichfield Angel set in place on top of the mound, spread the roots out in all directions and then backfill 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 loose soil one more heavy watering and be sure to top off any final settling that may occur, but do not tamp down the soil. This method should make sure that you do not get any air pockets around the roots of your plant.
Taking care of the rose Lichfield Angel is fairly simple 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 giving your roses enough water and nutrients while being very careful not to overdo it. For most climates this usually amounts to about one deep watering per week. If you live in a region that is very 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 Lichfield Angel roses a dose of a granular all-purpose fertilizer in the spring time when the leaves start to open. This helps get your roses off to a fast start on the growing season. Like many of David’s roses, this one is also a repeat bloomer which means it will do very well with a few additional feedings over the course of the growing season. I give my roses their second feeding immediately following the first big bloom and then a third feeding around midsummer to encourage late season flushes. Your rose Lichfield Angel should do nicely on this schedule as well.
You should prune the rose Lichfield Angel in the late winter or very early spring when your weather begins to warm but before the leaves start to open. This makes pruning easier on you and your roses. Begin by getting rid of all the dead and discolored canes from the plant and set your cuttings aside. Next, cut back the lateral canes that overlap one another as these will compete for sun light when all of the leaves are fully opened. Lastly, give all of the remaining canes a cut back by about one third of their current height. This will encourage new growth.
This is also the best time to clean up all the debris that collects around your Lichfield Angel roses over the year. Throw away all of this debris in the trash along with your cuttings. Never let dead matter lay around your roses or it can turn into a breeding ground for pests and diseases. Finish up your pruning by giving your rose Lichfield Angel a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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