Malvern Hills roses were first bred in 2000 in the United Kingdom by David Austin. David is widely regarded as an expert in the field of rose hybridization and you will find his many wonderful roses gracing garden around the world. The parentage of this rose has not yet been disclosed but this is a great deep yellow climbing rose that produces gorgeous blooms.
The rose Malvern Hills will produce blooms that are a little over 2 inches in diameter and they will have a mild fragrance. The blooms will be somewhat full with 40 or so petals each. Being a climbing rose, the plant will grow quite tall compared to many of David’s other roses, reaching a height of about 10 feet tall at full maturity. You can prune this rose to grow shorter if you would like to keep it more compact. The rose Malvern Hills is very resistant to diseases and you should not have any trouble growing it in most areas with zones 6 through 9.
Growing the rose Malvern Hills is not difficult and if you have any prior experience growing roses, then you 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 the garden you ultimately decide 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 select a location that gets no less than 6 to 8 hours each day of direct light.
You also will need to grow your roses in soil that drains very well. This is a pretty simple thing to accomplish but you might be amazed at how many growers overlook this very important aspect. Roses that are not grown in the proper soil will usually underperform and even worse, they tend to become very weak and sickly plants. If you are unsure about the quality of your garden soil, take a trip to your local garden center and pick up a bag or two of a good quality soil mix to grow your rose in. Your rose Malvern Hills will thank you for it in the long run.
Getting your rose Malvern Hills into the ground is not hard and most growers are able to get the job done well with just a few basic hand tools. How you go about planting depends a little bit on how you purchased your roses. If you bought one from a local nursery, then they probably 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 plenty of room around the roots for your soil mix.
If you bought your Malvern Hills 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 place the plant on top of a mound of soil, while keeping the bud union no more than an inch below the surface.
Once you have your rose Malvern Hills 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 your garden hose and water the loose soil heavily until it flows all around the roots like mud, then you can 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 make sure that no air pockets have formed around the roots.
Taking care of the rose Malvern Hills is a rather simple matter 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 regions this usually amounts to about one deep watering per week. If you live in a hot or dry region, then you should be sure to check on your roses every 4 to 5 days just to be safe.
You also should consider giving your Malvern Hills roses a dose of a granular all-purpose fertilizer in the spring when the leaves begin to open. This will help your roses get off to a strong start on the season. Most of David’s creations are repeat bloomers, but unfortunately this one is not one of them. You may find that you get the occasional repeat bloom with the rose Malvern Hills, but it is not something you should bet the bank on.
You should prune the rose Malvern Hills in the late winter or early spring when your weather starts to warm but before the leaves begin to open. 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 will not compete for sun light when all of the leaves fully open. Lastly, give the remaining canes a cut back by about one third of their current height.
This is also the best time to clean up around the base of your Malvern Hills roses to get rid of all the dead leaves and debris that often collects there over a season. Throw all of this material away in the trash along with your cuttings. Never let dead matter lay around your roses or else it could turn into a breeding ground for pests and diseases. Finish up your pruning by giving your rose Malvern Hills a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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