rose Albertine (rambler)
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A great profusion of copper-pink buds open to loose silver-pink hybrid tea flowers backed by copper-pink foliage - a once and only rose that drips with flower in midsummer
- Position: full sun
- Soil: fertile, humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: fast-growing
- Flowering period: June and July
- Flower colour: light salmon-pink
- Other features: excellent cut-flowers
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Fabulously fragrant, fully double, light salmon-pink flowers on reddish-green stems in June and July and mid-green leaves. This vigorous rambling rose is perfect for training over an arch or pergola or a large sunny expanse of wall. A popular and reliable variety, the strongly scented blooms make excellent cut-flowers.
All our roses are grown in an open field and then dug up when the weather conditions are right in October or November. Some suppliers send out their roses as 'bare root' plants (ie without pots or compost), but we pot ours up as it helps to keep the roots hydrated and in good condition. As they are dormant throughout the winter, they will not produce any new roots until spring, so don't be surprised if the compost falls away from the roots when you take them out of their pots. The roses can be kept in their pots throughout the winter provided they are kept well fed and watered, however ideally they should planted out as soon as possible. They will already have been cut back so no further pruning will be required, apart from snipping off any tips that have died back. Routine pruning can begin in late winter the year after planting.
- Garden care: If planting in winter, choose a frost-free spell when the soil is not frozen. Roses are quite deep-rooted plants so dig a deep hole roughly twice as wide as the plants roots and mix in a generous amount of composted organic matter. A top-dressing of a general purpose fertiliser can be worked into the surrounding soil and we also recommend using Rose Rootgrow at this stage to encourage better root development. This is particularly important when planting into a bed where roses have previously been grown as Rose Rootgrow is said to combat rose sickness (aka. replant disease). Before planting you will also need to make sure that there is adequate support for the rose to grow onto.
Remove the plants from their pots and gently spread out the roots before placing them in the centre of the hole. Try to ensure that the 'bud union' (the point where the cultivated rose has been grafted onto the rootstock, and from where the shoots emerge) is at soil level. You can judge this quite easily by laying something flat, like a spade handle or bamboo cane, across the top of the hole. When they are at the right height, back-fill the hole, firming the soil down gently before watering the plant well. Tie the stems to the support in and open fan shape and as new shoots emerge, tie these in horizontally.
When planting against a large tree, dig a hole about a metre away from the trunk and angle the rose towards the trunk. The tree must be mature and strong enough to take the weight of the rose. Or you can train the rose up to the crown of branches, using wooden supports. In this case the rose should be planted on the outer reaches of the tree's canopy. Allow it to scramble up the supports and then into your chosen tree.
Water generously until well established, and apply a specialist rose fertiliser (following the manufacturers instructions) each spring. They will also benefit from a generous mulch of composted farmyard manure in spring, but make sure this is kept away from the stems.
When your rose has filled the allotted space, one in three of the oldest stems can be cut right back to their base. In smaller areas, remove all the stems that have flowered, tie in new stems to replace them, and then shorten the side-shoots of the remaining stems by up to two thirds. This should be done in late summer after their flowers and hips have faded. Rambling roses usually respond well to hard pruning, so those that have become overgrown can be renovated from late autumn to late winter. First remove any dead, damaged or weak-looking stems completely. Keeping from four to six young stems, cut all the others right back to their base. Shorten the side shoots on the remaining stems by up to a half and tie these onto the support.
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I love this rose... I've been growing it over my porch way for a couple of years now and really can't praise it enough.
The colours are sumptuous and the scent is heady. Everyone admires it.
You will have to fasten it securely as its own weight can easily drag it down and damage the plant. And remember rose's have thorns so be aware around animals and children.
I have a garden which gets pummelled from time to time by cold coastal winds, many plants often struggle to cope, but not this one. It's out in the open and doesn't show any signs of stress.
I think it really is worth any effort, it's the first rose I always recommend when asked about climbers.
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Wonderful rose - two (or three?) year's down the line with minimal husbandry it has grown fairly vigorously and has a huge amount of beautiful, pale pink, very fragrant flowers. I wish I had picked some more before the endless rain came and spoiled them. Seems to be pretty disease resistant too. Had to train it a bit in my small London garden but this rose is always admired.
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Q:Hi, would this rambler be happy in a large trough planter (1.8m x 0.4m x 0.4m) grown up against a wall? and will it be happy being lightly pruned throughout the year to keep its shape? Thank youAsked on 28/9/2016 by treehugger from southend on sea
No, I'm afraid none of the climbing or rambling roses will do well in pots, so ideally you will need to lift a paving slab if you need to. As for pruning, we recommend the following...
When your rose has filled the allotted space, one in three of the oldest stems can be cut right back to their base. In smaller areas, remove all the stems that have flowered, tie in new stems to replace them, and then shorten the side-shoots of the remaining stems by up to two thirds. This should be done in late summer after their flowers and hips have faded. Rambling roses usually respond well to hard pruning, so those that have become overgrown can be renovated from late autumn to late winter. First remove any dead, damaged or weak-looking stems completely. Keeping from four to six young stems, cut all the others right back to their base. Shorten the side shoots on the remaining stems by up to a half and tie these onto the support.Answered on 29/9/2016 by Helen from crocus
Q:Is this rose a repeat flowering variety? A local nursery says yes but I cannot find any website that confirms this.Asked on 31/8/2015 by Millymollymandy from West sussex
No this rose (like most of the ramblers) puts on a great show of flowers in midsummer, but it does not carry on flowering for the remainder of the summer.Answered on 1/9/2015 by Helen from crocus
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