William Shakespeare 2000 roses were bred in 1994 in the United Kingdom by David Austin. Most rose growers know well who David Austin is as he is one of the most recognized names in roses around the world. With over 40 years of experience growing roses, you will find his many creations in gardens in most of the major countries around the world. The rose William Shakespeare 2000 is a great choice for just about any garden.
The rose William Shakespeare 2000 was created by crossing an unnamed seedling with the rose AUSromeo. The result is a very pretty crimson colored shrub rose that slowly turns purple as it ages. This rose will produce blooms that will average about 3.5 inches in diameter and true to David’s style, they will be extremely full carrying as many as 120 petals per bloom. This rose has a nice strong fragrance of old roses. The plant itself will grow anywhere from 3 to 4 feet tall at full maturity with a width of a little less than its height. This rose will do well in most gardens in zones 5 through 9.
Growing the rose William Shakespeare 2000 is not all that hard and if you have any past experience growing roses, then you will likely find that this one is not much of a challenge for you. 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 one is no exception. Try to find a spot in your garden that gets no less than 6 to 8 hours each day of full sun. More is even better!
You also will need to make sure that you are growing your William Shakespeare 2000 roses in soil that drains very well. This is a requirement for roses in general but you would be surprised at how many growers I see ignore this basic issue. Roses that are grown in poor soil will not only underperform, but they will also usually become very weak and sickly plants. If you are not sure about the quality of your garden soil, take a trip to your local garden center and pick up a bag or two of a high quality soil mix that is designed for roses. Your rose William Shakespeare 2000 will thank you in the long run!
Getting the rose William Shakespeare 2000 into the ground is not a difficult task and most growers can 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 a rose from a local nursery then it probably came already planted in a container. These are the easiest roses to plant. Dig your hole at least twice the diameter of 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 bought your William Shakespeare 2000 roses online, then they may have shipped them to you as bareroot plants, which is not all that uncommon. You should first soak the roots of these 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 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.
Once you have your rose William Shakespeare 2000 set in place, spread the roots out in all directions and then back fill the hole only halfway to start, 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 soil one last heavy watering and be sure to top off any final settling that might occur, but never tamp down the soil. This method should make sure that you do not get any air pockets around the roots.
Taking care of the rose William Shakespeare 2000 is not hard either, and once again any past experience you may have with growing roses will certainly 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 to one deep watering every week. If your climate is unusually hot or dry, then you may need to check on your roses every 4 to 5 days just to be safe.
You also should consider giving your William Shakespeare 2000 roses a dose of a granular all-purpose fertilizer in the spring to help get them off to a great start on the season. Like most of David’s creations this rose is also a repeat bloomer so it will benefit nicely from a few additional feedings over the course of the growing season. I will usually give my roses their second feeding immediately after the first big bloom, with a third feeding coming sometime around midsummer to encourage those late season blooms. Your rose William Shakespeare 2000 should do nicely on this schedule as well.
You should prune the rose William Shakespeare 2000 in the late winter or very early spring when the weather begins to warm but before the leaves start to open. This will make pruning so much easier. Start by removing all the dead and discolored wood from the plant and set your cuttings aside. Next, prune back any overlapping lateral canes as these will eventually 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 clean up around the base of you William Shakespeare 2000 roses to get rid of all the dead leaves and other debris that often collects around roses. 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 various pests and diseases. Finish up your pruning by giving your rose William Shakespeare 2000 a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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