Munstead Wood roses were first bred in 2007 in the United Kingdom by David Austin. David is widely recognized around the world as one of the leading experts in the field of rose hybridization. He specializes in old English shrub and climbing roses, and you will find his creations in gardens around the world. The parentage of this rose has not yet been disclosed.
The rose Munstead Wood is a deep dark red shrub rose that has a strong fragrance. The blooms will average almost 4 inches in diameter and they will be very full with up to 75 or so petals per bloom. The plant itself will stay fairly compact, only growing about 3 feet tall at full maturity. This smaller stature makes it an excellent choice for small flower beds, as well as container that you can grow on your porch or patio. The rose Munstead Wood should do nicely in most regions within zones 6 through 9.
Growing the rose Munstead Wood is not terribly difficult and if you have any past experience growing roses then you should not find this one to be all that challenging. The most important decision you will have to make in the life of your roses is where in your garden you decide to grow them. 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 spot where they will get no less than 6 hours each day of full sun, but if you can provide more, then that is even better.
You also will need to grow your Munstead Wood roses in soil that drains very well. Roses that are grown in poor soil will almost always underperform and worse than that, they usually become very weak and sickly plants. If you are unsure about the quality of your garden soil, it is in your best interest to take a trip to the local garden center and pick up a bag or two of a quality soil mix that is designed specifically for roses. In the long run, your rose Munstead Wood will thank you for it.
Getting your rose Munstead Wood into the ground is not hard and most growers are able to get this job done rather well with just a few basic hand tools. How you go about planting your roses depends a little bit on how you purchased them. If you picked one up at a local nursery, then they probably already had it planted in a container for you. 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 more than enough room around the roots for your soil mix, while keeping the bud union at its original depth.
If you bought your Munstead Wood roses online, there is a good chance they arrived as bareroot plants, which is very common. For these, you should first soak the roots 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 while keeping the bud union no more than an inch or so below the surface once filled.
Once you have your rose Munstead Wood set in place on top of the mound, spread the roots out in all directions and then only 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 around the roots like mud, then you can go ahead and finish filling the hole. Give the soil one last heavy watering and top off any final settling that may occur, but do not tamp down the soil. This method should make sure that you don’t get any air pockets around the roots of the plant.
Taking care of the rose Munstead Wood is pretty simple 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 provide your roses with enough water and nutrients, while taking care not to overdo it. For most climates this equates to roughly one deep watering per week. If you live in a region that is hot or dry, then you should check your roses every 4 to 5 days just to be safe.
You also should consider giving your roses a dose of a granular all-purpose fertilizer in the spring when the leaves begin to open. This helps get roses off to a strong start. Like most of David’s roses, this one is also a repeat bloomer, which means it will benefit nicely from 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, with a third feeding coming sometime around midsummer to encourage late season flushes. Your rose Munstead Wood should do nicely on this schedule as well.
You should prune the rose Munstead Wood in the late winter or very early spring when the weather starts to warm but before the leaves begin to open. This makes the job of pruning much easier on you and the plant as well. Start by removing all the dead and discolored wood from the plant and set the cuttings aside. Next, cut back any overlapping lateral canes so these will not 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 time to rake up all the debris from around your Munstead Wood roses. Roses have a tendency to collect dead leaves and other debris that blow through. Throw all of this material away in the trash, along with your cuttings. Never let dead matter lay around your roses as it can quickly turn into a breeding ground for pests and diseases. Finish up your pruning by giving your rose Munstead Wood a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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