Rosa banksiae 'Lutea'
banksian rose (rambler)
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Delightful for trailing along a fence and a splendid sight against a large, warm sheltered wall; combines incredibly well with wisteria, which flowers at much the same time
- Position: full sun
- Soil: fertile, humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average to fast-growing
- Flowering period: April to June
- Hardiness: frost hardy (needs winter protection)
This lovely rambling rose produces graceful sprays of small, double, deep yellow flowers in April and May. This thornless rose is perfect for covering an arch or pergola or for growing through a strong tree, where the lightly scented flowers can best be appreciated. It is happiest in a sunny sheltered site.
- 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 summer after their flowers 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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- Completely Thornless
- Great For Covering Fences
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Comments about Rosa banksiae 'Lutea':
Once established this rose gives a mass of early spring flowers. As the stems are thornless it is easy to prune. Over time it will grow big so management in smaller gardens is a must. I love it.
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Comments about Rosa banksiae 'Lutea':
Very well grown plant, which has flowered really well ever since on a warm, south-facing wall where it is much admired
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I have had my Banksia for 4 years now, purchased late in the season so didn't plant till following spring. I have seen on the Q&A people asking why their Banksia isn't blooming even after 2 or 3 years, I have to tell you that as a rule it won't, it will spend its first 2 or 3 years depending on soil and location growing its root system, it will of course also grow foliage but not flowers just yet, My banksia is now about 20 feet in height, I have it growing on a very large pergola and it is now making its way into a nice tall tree. I had my first roses last year and not many of them, this year was definitely better, roses all over and I'm sure next year will be even better, I give mine a good mulch of organic manure and it has a nice chip bark mulch also, I give it a general purpose fertiliser like chicken manure and it also has regular feedings of potash throughout the growing season. I know we expect our roses to bloom first year but this one is generally an exception, be patient it is worth it in the end, and you have to admit the foliage itself is beautiful. It also attracts lots of songbirds thanks to the insects that inhabit it. By the way I always tick, keen but clueless, this isn't so, I have learnt a great deal but cannot in all honesty tick experienced.
- Your Gardening Experience:
- Keen but clueless
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Q:I have a banksea rose, I live in Scotland and could not get it to flower and was then told I was pruning it at the wrong time of year, I should prune seldom and only after flowering not in the spring like other roses ? What is your experience of this advice?Asked on 28/7/2016 by Tish from Edinburgh
We reccommend that 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 summer after their flowers 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 29/7/2016 by Helen from crocus
Q:hi - I'm interested in rosa banksiae in spring and have two questions:
1. can it be grown in a pot?
2. are the leaves evergreen or will they drop in winter?
Thanks!Asked on 3/1/2016 by hermione77 from West London
This is a lovely rose which is deciduous, however I wouldn't recommend growing it in a pot as it is a large rambling rose which could grow to 6m x 6m eventually given the right conditions.
There are other roses that are more suitable for pots. I have attached a link below to these.
Hope this helpsAnswered on 4/1/2016 by Anonymous from crocus
Q:I planted by rose in the ground a few months ago but hasn't grown yet and I'm not sure why? Also it has developed new leaf buds but unfortunatly shows no signs of flowering, so is there anything I can do to encourage it to flower? Its planted in heavy clay soil which I know is undesirable so I try not to water it too excessively as I'm worried the roots will become waterlogged.Asked on 18/3/2015 by Ak from London
Plants are just starting to come out of winter dormancy, so it is too early to expect your rose to be doing anything yet. It will be concentrating on growing a root system first.
Many roses will tolerate a clay soil, but there are few plants that like to sit in a waterlogged soil, so we recommend when planting in clay soil to dig in lots of bulky organic matter, such as a well rotted manure or compost to improve the soil.
Hope this helps.Answered on 26/3/2015 by Anonymous from crocus
Q:I have had aRosa Banksiae for four years, it faces east, well
lsupported but not enclosed from behind, it has not flowered despite good healthy growth. Please advise, do I needto grub it out and buy anew Rose?Asked on 3/7/2014 by Cindy from West oxfordshire
I would certainly not take it out just yet. These plants like lots of sun, so if it only gets sun in the morning then this could be playing a part in the lack of flowers. If you cannot improve this, then you can give it a bit of a push by feeding with sulphate of potash and making sure it is kept well watered.Answered on 4/7/2014 by helen from crocus
Q:Hi there, I have a 5 year old Banksia covering a large pergola, unfortunately I now also have 3 squirrels and they have decided that my Banksia is their new salad bar! They are eating it at a rapid pace, mostly the new growth appearing right at the top, do you have any suggestions on how I can stop these little pests? Thanking you in advance.Asked on 14/3/2014 by Carrots from Staffordshire
Squirrels can be such a pest, and unfortunately there isn't an easy remedy. You could try covering your rose with netting as a deterrent. There is a product that is meant to be for deterring cats but seems also to deter squireels that may be worth trying.
Silent roar lion manure
Hope this helpsAnswered on 17/3/2014 by Anonymous from Crocus
Q:Hi - what is the best time of year to plant this rose? would planting in the autumn be preferable to spring?
Many thanksAsked on 27/7/2013 by meercat from Brixton
If you have a sheltered spot and your soil does not remain heavy and wet throughout the winter, then you should plant it in autumn, but if you have a more exposed spot, then I would wait until spring.Answered on 29/7/2013 by Helen from Crocus
Q:I have an armandi which is growing rampant through an ornamental apple tree. Should Icut it back?Asked on 16/7/2013 by Narg from Purley surrey
It really depends on the eventual height of your apple tree. Clematis armandii do get pretty big and will grow to around 5 x 3m, so if you have a small tree, it will completely swamp it.Answered on 17/7/2013 by Helen from Crocus
I am considering a Banksia rose for my garden but wanted to ask a question before i did. I live in North East Scotland,and the garden is exposed in parts, the flower garden isn't too exposed and is south facing but it is a bit windy, would this rose survive up here?Asked on 12/7/2013 by Rosie from Northern Aberdeenshire
These are very beautiful roses, but they do need a sheltered position. With that in mind I do have concerns about it flourishing in the position you have described, so your best option may be to opt for one of the tougher roses.Answered on 12/7/2013 by Helen from Crocus
Q:Plenty of green leaves BUT NO Flowers at all after 2 years of growth Situated on a fence facing S / S WestAsked on 11/7/2013 by Keen but not any good kept trying from Exeter
There are a number of reasons why plants don't flower. These include too much shade or not enough water or nutrients. It can also be caused by the plant putting on new root growth instead of focusing its energies on producing flowers. I am not really sure why your rose has not produced buds, but given time and the right conditions, there is no reason why it wont flower. You can often give them a bit of a push by feeding during the growing season with a high potash fertiliser.Answered on 12/7/2013 by Helen from Crocus
Q:We planted our Rosa Banksie last Spring and despite considerable growth it does not show any signs of having flower buds this year-is this usual and can we expect flowers next year.Asked on 17/6/2013 by Birdseed from Otley,West Yorkshire
There are a number of reasons why plants don't flower including too much shade or not enough water or nutrients. It can also be caused by the plant putting on new root growth instead of focusing its energies on producing flowers.The most likely cause is that as this variety generally only flowers once in April/May, so it should start flowering next year on it's older growth. You can often give them a bit of a push by feeding during the growing season with a high potash fertiliser like
J Arthur Bowers Rose Food.
Hope this helpsAnswered on 18/6/2013 by Georgina from Crocus
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