Rosa filipes 'Kiftsgate'
rose filipes Kiftsgate (rambler)
- Position: full sun
- Soil: fertile, humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: fast-growing
- Flowering period: July to August
- Flower colour: creamy-white
- Other features: scented flowers
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Large sprays of single, scented, creamy-white flowers from July to August, followed by bright, red hips, and glossy, light green leaves. This extremely vigorous climbing rose is perfect for covering an unsightly building or growing through a strong tree. Tall and spreading, it requires fertile, moist, well-drained soil and adequate space to grow.
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 shhots emerge, tie these in horizontally.
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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Q:I have a very vigorous white scented rose with single flowers. I think it is Kiftsgate, but a) the flowers look fuller and more bunched than your photo b) it flowers in June-July rather than July-August c) it doesn't produce any hips (alas) although it crawls with bees. The leaves have anything from 5 - 7 leaflets and it flowers once in a great burst. Huge flexible growths each season.
I could send a picture, but how?
Any idea what else it might be, or how can I get hips on it?Asked on 7/29/2013 by Horse from Newbury
I'm afraid there are many thousands of different roses, so it will be almost impossible to put a name to the one you have. As for the hips, not all roses will produce showy ones, and if you have one that doesn't, there is little you can do about it.
I'm really sorry not to be more help,Answered on 7/30/2013 by Helen from Crocus
Q:I bought a Rosa filipes 'Kiftsgate' from you earlier this year and, whilst it is growing really well, it doesn't appear to be creating any buds. I don't know much about roses, so apologies if there is an obvious reason for this.Asked on 7/3/2013 by CJ from Warwick
A: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. I am not really sure why yours has not produced buds yet, 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 7/4/2013 by Helen from Crocus
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