Tamora Roses

History of Tamora Roses:

Tamora roses were first bred in 1983 in the United Kingdom by David Austin.  With more than forty years of experience breeding roses, David is regarded around the world as a leading expert in his field.  This rose was created by crossing the Chaucer rose with the rose Conrad Ferdinand Meyer.  The result is a very pretty apricot colored rose with a strong fragrance.  The rose Tamora will produce blooms that average about 3.5 inches across.

The rose Tamora will grow up to about 4 feet tall at full maturity with that is a little over half its height.  The blooms on this rose will be very full, like most of David’s roses, having upwards of about 40 petals or more.  This rose is a great choice for the centerpiece of a larger flower bed, or it is equally at home in a smaller corner garden.  You can also grow this rose in a container and bring its wonderful color and fragrance onto your porch or patio.  No matter where you choose to grow it, this rose is sure to become one of your favorites.

Growing Tamora Roses:

Growing the rose Tamora is not terribly difficult and you will find that any prior experience you may have growing roses will sure come in handy.  The biggest choice you will make in the life of your roses is where in the garden you decide to grow them.  Roses typically require a lot of sun light if you want them to perform well and this variety is no exception.  Try to select a location that gets no less than 6 to 8 hours each day of direct sun light.  If you can provide them with more, then that is even better.

You also will need to grow your Tamora roses in soil that drains very well.  This is also typical for growing roses, but it is also one area that a lot of growers overlook.  If you grow your roses in soil that doesn’t drain properly, you will often find that not only do your roses under-perform, but they also can be weak and sickly.  Take a trip to your local garden center and pick up a soil mix that is designed for growing roses.  This is the easiest way to overcome this particular issue and it is not expensive.  Your rose Tamora will thank you for it!

Planting Tamora Roses:

Getting your rose Tamora into the ground is fairly simple and most growers can get this job done with just a few basic hand tools.  How you go about planting roses however does depend a little bit on how you originally purchased them.  If you bought your roses from a local nursery, then chances are they came already 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 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 Tamora roses from an online supplier, then it is possible that they shipped them to you as bareroot plants, which is not uncommon.  You should first soak 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 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 of the soil.

Once you have your rose Tamora set in place on top of 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 very heavily until it flows all around the roots like mud, then you can go ahead and finish filling the hole.  Give the soil one last heavy watering and be sure to top off any final settling but do not tamp down the soil.  This method should make sure that you aren’t getting air pockets around the roots.

Caring for Tamora Roses:

Taking care of the rose Tamora is straight forward and once again, any past experience you have growing roses will definitely come in handy here as well.  You will need to make sure that you are giving your roses enough water and nutrients while taking care not to overdo it.  For most climates this usually amounts to about one deep watering every week.  If your climate is unusually hot or dry, then you should check your roses every 4 to 5 days or so.

You also should consider giving your Tamora roses a dose of a granular all-purpose fertilizer in the early spring when the leaves begin to open.  This will help get them off to a fast start.  Like most of David Austin’s creations, this one is also a repeat bloomer, so it will benefit nicely from a few additional feedings over the course of the growing season.  I usually will give my roses their second feeding as soon as they have finished their first big bloom, then a third feeding around the middle of the summer to encourage late season flushes.  Your rose Tamora should do nicely on this schedule also.

Pruning Tamora Roses:

You should prune the rose Tamora in the very early spring when the weather starts to warm, but before the leaves have opened up.  This makes pruning so much easier.  Start by getting rid of all the dead and discolored canes from the plant and set your cuttings aside.  Next, prune back any overlapping lateral canes so these do 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 best time to rake up around the base of your Tamora roses and clean out all the debris and leaves that tend to collect around your roses.  Throw all of this material away in the trash, along with your cuttings.  Never let dead matter lay around your roses.  Finish up your pruning by giving your rose Tamora a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.

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