The Wedgwood Roses

History of The Wedgwood Roses:

The Wedgwood roses were first bred in 2009 in the United Kingdom by David Austin.  David is arguably one of the most recognized names in rose breeding and his company has offices in most of the major countries around the world.  The parentage of this particular rose has not been named, however this is a classic pink rose that is blush on the reverse of the petals.  This rose will also have a very pleasant fruity fragrance.

The blooms on the rose The Wedgwood will reach an average diameter of about 3.5 inches and they will be very full with over 60 petals per bloom.  This vigorous grower will grow very tall if allowed, which is a bit unusual for one of David’s roses.  You can grow this rose just like a climbing rose, up to heights of about 10 feet or so tall at full maturity.  The rose The Wedgwood is an excellent rose for cut flower arrangements and it is very resistant to diseases.

Growing The Wedgwood Roses:

Growing the rose The Wedgwood is not all that difficult and if you happen to have any prior experience growing roses, then you should not find this one to be much of a challenge.  The biggest decision you will make in the life of your roses is where in your garden you choose to grow them.  Roses require a lot of sun light if you want them to perform well and this variety is no exception.  Try to choose a location that gets no less than 6 to 8 hours each day of full sun.

You also will need to grow The Wedgwood roses in soil that drains very well.  This is a rather easy thing to get done but I am always amazed at how many growers overlook this very important point.  Roses that are grown in poor soil will respond much like any other plant will.  They will certainly underperform and they usually end up being very weak and sickly plants.  If you are unsure about the quality of your garden soil, the easiest way to resolve this issue is to pick up a few bags of a quality soil mix from your local garden center.  Choose a brand that is designed specifically for growing roses and your rose The Wedgwood will thank you for it.

Planting The Wedgwood Roses:

Getting the rose The Wedgwood into the ground is not hard and most growers are able to get the job done very well with just a few basic hand tools.  How you go about planting your roses does depend a little bit on how you purchased them.  If you picked up your rose from a local nursery, then chances are they already had it planted in a container for you and ready to go.  These are the easiest roses to plant.  Dig your hole at least twice as wide as the container and equally as deep.  This will keep the bud union at its original depth while giving you plenty of room around the roots for your soil mix.

If you ordered The Wedgwood roses online, then they may have shipped them to you as bareroot plants, which is not uncommon.  These are not hard to plant but you should first soak the roots of them 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 below the surface of the soil.

Once you have your rose The Wedgwood set in place on top of the mound, spread the roots out in all directions and then back fill the hole about halfway using your soil mix.  Take your garden hose and water the loose soil heavily until it flows all around the roots like mud, then you can go ahead and finish filling the hole the rest of the way.  Give the loose soil one more heavy watering and be sure to top off any final settling that may have occurred, but do not tamp down the soil.  This method should ensure that you do not get air pockets around the roots of the plant.

Caring for The Wedgwood Roses:

Taking care of the rose The Wedgwood is pretty straight forward and once again if you have any prior experience growing roses, then this one should not give you too much trouble.  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 to one deep watering per week but 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 The Wedgwood roses a dose of a granular all-purpose fertilizer in the spring time with the leaves begin to open up.  This will help get your roses off to a great start.  Like most of David’s roses, 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 will typically give my roses their second feeding immediately following the first big bloom, with a third coming around midsummer to encourage those late season flushes.  Your rose The Wedgwood should do nicely on this schedule as well.

Pruning The Wedgwood Roses:

You should prune the rose The Wedgwood in the late winter or early spring when the weather in your region starts to warm, but before the leaves start to open.  This makes the job of pruning so much easier on your and your rose.  Start by removing all the dead wood from the plant and set your cuttings aside.  Next, prune back the overlapping lateral canes so these will not compete for sun light once all 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 The Wedgwood roses and get rid of all the leaves and debris the collect there over the growing season.  Throw away all of this material in the trash along with your cuttings.  Never let dead matter lay around your roses or it can turn into a breeding ground for various pests and diseases.  Finish up your pruning by giving your rose The Wedgwood a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.

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