History of Sutters Gold Roses:
The hybrid tea rose Sutters Gold was first bred in 1950 in the United States by Herbert Swim and later introduced to market by Armstrong Roses. Swim is a famous US rose breeder who constantly strives to create roses that can tolerate warmer temperatures. This particular creation of his was bred by crossing the Charlotte Armstrong rose with a Signora rose. The result is a rather gorgeous gold-yellow rose that has fantastic orange colored highlights.
The blooms on Sutters Gold roses will be quite large, averaging about 5 inches in diameter and they will be somewhat full, having as many as 30 petals each. This rose will stay fairly compact, growing to about 3 feet tall at full maturity with a width of around 2 feet. This short stature makes this rose an excellent choice for a container rose. It also carries with it a very strong fragrance so you could bring this rose onto your porch or patio and liven up just about any décor.
Growing Sutters Gold Roses:
Growing the rose Sutters Gold in your garden is not difficult and if you have any prior experience growing hybrid tea roses, then you should not find this variety to be all that challenging. The biggest choice you will make in the life of your roses is where in the garden you choose to grow them. Roses require quite a bit of sun light if you want them to give you the best performance they are capable of. For this reason you should try to select a location that gets no less than 6 to 8 hours a day of direct sun light.
You also will want to grow your Sutters Gold roses in soil that drains very well. This is a big factor in keeping your roses strong and healthy. This is also a very easy thing to accomplish these days as there are a wide variety of soil mixes available on the market today. Simply choose the one you like the best! Another factor in keeping your roses healthy is growing them in a location that gets exposure to the natural air currents through your garden. This goes a long way towards keeping the leaves of your roses dry and the overall plant heathier.
Planting Sutters Gold Roses:
Getting your rose Sutters Gold into the ground is a relatively simple task and most folks can get the job done easily with just a few basic hand tools. If you bought your rose from a local nursery, then more than likely they already had it planted for you in a container and ready to bloom. These are the easiest to get planted as all the guesswork has already been done for you. Dig your hole at least twice the diameter of the container and equally as deep. This will give you a lot of room around the roots for your soil mix, while keeping the bud union at its current depth.
If you bought your Sutters Gold roses online, then perhaps they shipped them to you as bareroot plants. These you should first soak overnight in a bucket of room temperature water prior to planting day, to rehydrate the roots. Then dig your hole as wide as the longest roots and deep enough so that you can set the plant on top of a mound of soil while keeping the bud union about an inch below the surface.
Once you have your rose Sutters Gold set in place on the mound, spread all of the roots out in all directions around the mound and then back fill the hole about halfway 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 fill the hole the rest of the way. Give the soil one more deep watering and top off any final settling that may occur. This method should ensure that no air pockets have formed around the roots.
Depending on your climate, you also may want to mound up some fresh mulch around the exposed canes, to prevent them from drying out just until new growth starts to form.
Caring for Sutters Gold Roses:
Taking care of the rose Sutters Gold is not challenging and once again, any prior experience you may have growing roses will certainly come in handy here as well. You will need to provide your roses with ample water while taking care not to overdo it. For most mild climates this comes out to about one deep watering per week. If your climate is hot or dry then you may need to check your roses every 4 to 5 days.
You also can give your Sutters Gold roses a dose of a granular all-purpose fertilizer in the spring time when the leaves begin to bud. This will give your roses a great start to the season. Like most hybrid tea roses, this one is also a repeat bloomer so it could benefit from additional feedings over the growing cycle. I typically give my roses a second feeding immediately following the first big bloom, and then a third feeding sometime around the middle of the summer to encourage some late season blooms. Your rose Sutters Gold should do well on this schedule as well.
Pruning Sutters Gold Roses:
You should prune your rose Sutters Gold in the very early spring after the weather starts to break but before the leaves start to form. Start by removing all the dead and discolored canes from the plant and set your cuttings aside. Next, prune back any overlapping canes as these will compete for sun light later on when the leaves 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 Sutters Gold roses to get rid of any dead leaves or debris that might have collected there. Throw away all of this material in the trash along with your cuttings. Never let dead matter lay around your roses. Finish up your pruning by giving your rose Sutters Gold a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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