Molineux roses were first bred in 1994 in the United Kingdom by David Austin. For those who don’t already know, David Austin is one of the world’s leading hybridizers of roses and through his 40+ year career he has blessed us with many wonderful roses. This particular rose was created by crossing the Graham Thomas rose with an unnamed seedling. The result is a gorgeous deep yellow rose with a very mild fragrance. There is some difference of opinion among growers as to what this rose actually smells like.
The rose Molineux will stay somewhat compact compared to other types of roses, only growing about 2 to 3 feet tall at full maturity. This smaller stature makes it a favorite among container growers who love bringing their roses onto their patios. The blooms on the rose Molineux will grow to just under 3 inches in diameter or so and they will be extremely full with well over 40 petals each. Another nice feature about this rose is that it is nearly thornless.
Growing the rose Molineux is not a hard thing to do and if you have any prior experience growing roses, then you should not find this one to be all that challenging. The biggest decision you will make in the life of your roses is where in the garden you decide to grow them. You will find that your roses require a lot of sun light if you want them to perform well and this one is no exception. Try to select a location for your roses that gets no less than 6 to 8 hours each day of direct sun light. If you are able to provide more, then that is even better!
You also will need to grow your Molineux roses in soil that drains very well. This isn’t really a hard thing to get done but I am always a little surprised at how often I see growers overlook this aspect. It is so important because roses that are not grown in the proper soil type will often under-perform and become very weak and unhealthy. If you are unsure about your soil type, take a trip to the local garden center and pick up a bag of soil mix that is designed specifically for growing roses. Many times it really is just that simple!
Getting your rose Molineux into the ground is not difficult and most growers can get the job done rather easily with just a few basic hand tools. How you go about planting roses does depend a little bit on how you originally purchased them. If you bought your roses from a local source, then they probably already had them established 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 give you plenty of room around the roots for your soil mix, while keeping the bud union at its original depth.
If you ordered your Molineux 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, to rehydrate the roots. Then dig you hole as wide as the longest roots the plant has, 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 below the surface of the soil.
Once you have your rose Molineux 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 around the roots like mud, then go ahead and finish filling the hole the rest of the way. Give the soil one more heavy watering and be sure to top off any final settling that might occur. This method should make sure that you do not get any air pockets around the roots of the plant. Do not tamp down the soil.
Taking care of the rose Molineux is fairly straight forward 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 providing your roses with enough water and nutrients, while being careful not to overdo it. For most climates this usually amounts to one deep watering per week. If your climate is hot or dry then you should check on your roses every 4 to 5 days to be sure.
You also should consider giving your Molineux roses a dose of a granular all-purpose fertilizer in the early spring when the leaves begin to open up. This will give your rose a fast start on the growing season. Like most of David Austin’s creations, this rose 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 usually give my roses their second feeding right after they have finished their first big bloom, then a third feeding sometime around midsummer to encourage late season blooms. Your rose Molineux should do nicely on this schedule also.
You should prune the rose Molineux in the very early spring when the weather starts to warm, but before the leaves have begun to open. This makes pruning so much easier. 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 with one another 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 Molineux roses and get rid of all the dead leaves and debris that tends to collect there over time. Throw all of this material away in the trash, along with your cuttings. Never allow dead matter to lay around your roses as it can turn into a breeding ground for pests and diseases. Finish up your pruning by giving your rose Molineux a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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