rose Felicia (hybrid musk)
- Position: full sun
- Soil: fertile, humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: fast-growing
- Flowering period: June to September
- Flower colour: apricot-yellow flushed, light pink flowers
- Other features: excellent cut-flowers
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Large clusters of sweetly scented, double, apricot-yellow flushed light pink flowers from June to September and dark green leaves. This vigorous, shrub rose is renowned for its long flowering period and strong fragrance. One of the best Hybrid Musk roses, it makes an excellent specimen plant or informal, flowering hedge for an open, sunny site.
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).
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.
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.
As most shrub roses tend to flowers best on older stems, they only need a little light formative pruning. Hard pruning should be avoided unless absolutely necessary as it can often ruin the plants shape. The best time to prune is in late summer after they have finished flowering. While wearing tough gloves, remove dead, damaged, diseased or congested branches completely. If the centre of the shrub is becoming congested, remove one or two of the older stems to their base. If they have become too leggy, then you can often encourage new growth to form by cutting one or two stems back to within 10 - 15cm above ground level.
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Q:Growing Rosa 'Felicia' and Strawberry 'Cambridge Favourite' together?
Hi... I just want to ask whether these 2 plants can grow together in a lattice planter......Rosa 'Felicia' and Strawberry 'Cambridge Favourite'. If yes, can you please suggest any kind of feed to give them? Can you deliver both of them at the same time? Thank you, Regards, FarhanaAsked on 1/29/2010 by Nur Farhana
A:Hi Helen Thank you for the information. I have decided to plant them into the wooden lattice planter (L=45cm, W=28.5cm, H=135cm) How many bags do I need of the John Innes No2 compost and much fertiliser? Is it there a suitable time to plant them? Thank you.Answered on 1/29/2010 by Crocus Customer Services
A:Hello again Farhana, Unfortunately we do not sell the compost, as it is in different sizes. I estimate though you will need approximately 170 litres of it to fill your pot. As for the fertiliser, 1 box will dofor now, but it is essential that you follow the instructions on the packet before you apply it. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 2/22/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
A:Hello Farhana, I'm afraid I do not know what your 'lattice planter' is, however if it is a reasonably large pot, then these two plants should thrive if they are kept well fed and watered. You can fill the pot with
John Innes No2 compost and feed them with a general purpose fertiliser such as Growmore. As for delivery, if they are available we should be able to deliver them at the same time. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 2/23/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Rose 'Felicia' colour?
Hello Crocus, I've just been 'dribbling' over your roses and I began a list, but am puzzled by your description of Felicia as being yellow - on all the photos I thought it looked pink. Can you help? Cheers, JenAsked on 8/18/2009 by Jen Coldwell
A:Hello Jen, ' Felicia' has an unusually colouring. I would not describe it as yellow, but a sort of apricot pink with a yellow flush. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 8/19/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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