Scepter D Isle roses were first bred in 1989 in the United Kingdom by David Austin. David is one of the world’s most recognized names in roses and his company has offices in most of the major countries around the world. This rose was created by crossing the Wife of Bath rose with the Heritage rose. The result is a classic light pink shrub rose that has a strong myrrh fragrance.
The blooms on the rose Scepter D Isle will grow to an average diameter of around 3.5 inches across and the blooms will be fairly full, carrying around 45 or so petals each. The plant will grow anywhere from 3 feet to 6 feet tall at full maturity, and out to 3.5 feet across, depending on pruning. The rose Scepter D Isle is very resistant to diseases and it is well suited to your flower beds, or a container for growing on your porch or patio. This rose will do well in most regions within zones 5 through 10.
Growing the rose Scepter D Isle is not difficult and if you have any past experience growing roses, then you really should not find this one to be that much of a challenge. The most important decision that you will make in the life of your roses is where in the garden you choose to grow them. Roses in general need a lot of sun light if you want them to perform well and this one is no exception. Try to pick a spot in your garden that will receive no less than 6 to 8 hours each day of direct sun light, but more is even better.
You also will need to grow your Scepter D Isle roses in soil that drains very well. This is a simple thing to accomplish but it is also one area I see a lot of growers overlook. Roses that are grown in poor soil will usually underperform, but even worse, they often become 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 that is designed for growing roses. In the long run, your rose Scepter D Isle will thank you for it.
Getting your rose Scepter D Isle into the ground is not hard and most growers are able to get the job done pretty 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 chances are it was already 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 Scepter D Isle roses online, then they might have shipped them to you as bareroot plants, which is not uncommon. 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 let you 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 you have your rose Scepter D Isle 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 the garden hose and water the loose soil heavily until it flows all around the roots like mud, then you can finish filling the hole. 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 you don’t get any air pockets around the roots of the plant.
Taking care of the rose Scepter D Isle is not a tough task 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 climates, this usually amounts about 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 just to be safe.
You also should consider giving your Scepter D Isle roses a dose of a granular all-purpose fertilizer in the spring when the leaves start to open up. Like most of David’s roses, this one is also a repeat bloomer so it will benefit nicely from additional feedings over the course of the growing season. I will usually give my roses their second feeding as soon as they have finished the first big bloom, with a third feeding coming sometime around midsummer to encourage late season blooms. Your rose Scepter D Isle should do nicely on this schedule as well.
You should prune the rose Scepter D Isle in the late winter or very early spring, when the weather in your area begins to warm, but before the leaves start to open up. This makes pruning much easier on you and your roses. 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 do not compete for sun light when 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 rake up around the base of your Scepter D Isle roses to get rid of all the dead leaves and debris that often collect there from the previous growing season. Throw away all of this material in the trash, along with your cuttings. Never let dead matter collect around your roses or it could turn into a breeding ground for pests and diseases. Finish up your pruning by giving your rose Scepter D Isle a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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