Rosa Golden Wedding ('Arokris') (PBR)
rose Golden Wedding (floribunda/hybrid tea)
A jolly golden-yellow floribunda flowers with healthy high-gloss deep-green leaves
- Position: full sun
- Soil: fertile, humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: fast-growing
- Flowering period: July and September
- Flower colour: golden yellow
- Other features: excellent cut-flowers
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Glorious, fully double, slightly scented, golden yellow flowers from July to September and glossy, dark green leaves. This upright, floribunda rose makes an excellent gift to mark a fiftieth wedding anniversary. Vigorous and disease-resistant, it's perfect for an open, sunny site with fertile, moist, well-drained soil.
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.
While wearing tough gloves, prune in late winter or early spring, removing any dead, damaged or weak-looking stems completely. The younger stems tend to produce the best flowers on hybrid teas, so if the plant is becoming congested, cut one or two of the older stems right back to their base, which will also help open up the centre of the plant. Then cut back the most vigorous stems to within 25-30cm from the base, and the thinner stems back a little harder.
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Q:'Golden Wedding' Rose pruning advice please
Dear Crocus, I had a Rose 'Golden Wedding' as a gift two years ago which is doing very well, but how do I prune it /manage it to get stronger stems, to hold up the magnificent flower heads without staking? Any help would be appreciated. Thank youAsked on 4/17/2010 by E. Watson
A:Hello There, I would feed it throughout the summer with a specialist rose fertiliser to help it get strong, but prune it in early spring, just as the buds are starting to swell. After the plant has been allowed to become established for the first year, you can cut it back between a third and two thirds of their total height. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 4/19/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Disease resistant roses for a coastal area
Hi, Before I order some roses I need some information on which ones would grow well in our local conditions. I live in the far west of Cornwall, the soil is fairly acid,- Camellias grow well here. It's windy and the air is quite salt laden since we're not far from the sea. I'd like disease resistant plants if possilbe since the climbing roses by the cottage door do get black spot. At the moment, even here, where we hardly ever have a frost, there is 4 inches of snow on the ground and the temperature has been 0 to minus 1 for the past five days.... the postman hasn't reached us for four days! ...So, I won't be ordering the roses right now. Thanks, TrudiAsked on 1/9/2010 by Trudi Gurling
A:Hello Trudi, All roses need similar growing conditions, although a couple are slightly more tolerant of shade than others. If you click on the following link it will take you to all our roses that show some resistance to diseases. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/roses/plcid.8/vid.243/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 1/11/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Will the Golden Wedding Rose be available in October?
I would like to buy a golden wedding rose for my parents anniversary on October 5th. Can you tell me if they will be available around this time please?Asked on 8/28/2007 by Leanne \(SHS\) Jones
A:Unfortunately we are unable to guarantee the availability of stock, but we do get fresh rose stock in the autumn. The exact timing however will depend on the weather conditions.Answered on 8/28/2007 by Crocus
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