Rosa 'Madame Alfred Carrière'
rose Madame Alfred Carrière (climbing noisette)
- Position: full sun or partial shade (it's one of the best roses for a north facing aspect)
- Soil: fertile, humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: fast-growing
- Flowering period: July to September
- Flower colour: white to pale pink
- Other features: scented flowers
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Fragrant, fully double, white to pale pink flowers from July to September and light green leaves. This reliable, repeat-flowering, old climbing rose is ideal for a north-facing site. A popular and hardy climber since Victorian times, its slender, pliable stems are particularly suitable for training over a rose-arch, fence or wall.
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, as this will encourage flowering shoots to form nearer the base.
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.
From late autumn to late winter, pop on a pair of tough gloves and remove any dead, damaged or weak-looking stems. Tie in new stems and and shorten the side-shoots of any flowered stems by up to two thirds. When the plants become congested, remove one or two of the oldest stems, cutting them right back to their base. Climbing roses usually respond well to hard pruning, so those that have become very 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 have had a Mme Alfred Carriere rose from crocus for ten years. It has been exceptionally healthy and bug resistant. It flowers almost constantly, even in the winter, is tolerant of neglect, frost and heavy pruning. It is a strong grower but not so rapid as to be overwhelming. I have planted it in a sunny south facing spot in our garden in south Devon and it is regularly admired, The branches can be made to arch over very attractively to create a bower or similar. just about to order my third even though the first is going strong as they re such a great gift.
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Q:Hi, I have a north facing fence that I need to cover. I need a plant that will grow well in a container so soil type isn't an issue as this area is decked, but it must be safe for dogs - mine have a tendency to chew my plants. I was hoping for a highly scented plant. It will be meeting up with a purple clematis viticella that is netted off in a border. Have you any suggestions please?Asked on 8/2/2013 by Whiskers from Leeds
There are a number of different climbers that you could use, but probably the option is for you to use our plant search facility, which is at the top of each page. There you can select the climbers etc by clicking on the images or text. This will take you to a more in depth search facility where you can select the aspect, plants suitable for containers, eventual size of plant, flower colour, main season of interest, etc. From this you will see our full range of plants that fit this criteria - all you need to do is choose the one you like for the area.
Regarding which plants are safe for your dog, we would recommend that you check with your vets, who should be able to advise you.
Hope this helpsAnswered on 8/5/2013 by Georgina from Crocus
Q:Madame 'Alfred Carriere' Rose- does it have thorns?
Hi there, the above rose would seem perfect for my garden, but I need to know one thing, ....is it thorny? I particularly want a thorny rose as I am planting it as a security aspect as well as for its looks. Many thanks, SharonAsked on 4/14/2010 by Sharon Boothroyde
A:Hello Sharon, These are beautiful roses and they do have thorns, but not masses of them. If you want as particularly thorny rose, then the Rosa rugosa species are the best - but they are large shrubs rather than climbers. http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.rugosa/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 4/14/2010 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:Climbers for North East facing wall
Hi I was just wondering if you could give me some advice please. Our house is a Victorian end of terrace - the side of the house faces North-East. The side of the house is very bare (only two tiny windows on ground floor) and we would like to grow something up the wall. We have had trouble with graffiti in the past and want to paint the side of the house and then put trellis to about 7ft. Can you suggest something that would grow quite quickly please. Kind Regards JoannaAsked on 11/6/2009 by Joanna Swainson
A:Thank you so much Helen, this helps a lot.Answered on 11/9/2009 by Joanna Swainson
A:Hello Joanna, If you click on the link below it will take you to our fast growing climbers, which will cope with low light levels. If you click into each card you can then see the eventual height and spread of each plant - some of them are pretty big. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/climbers/plcid.15/vid.186/vid.237/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 11/9/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:How shouild I plant my rose?
Dear Sir/ Madam, Four years ago I bought a Rose 'Madame Alfred Carriere' from you. It has always lived in a large pot, and pruned back to keep small. I have now moved house, and have a garden in which to plant the rose. It has not taken well to the move, so wish to plant it out as soon as possible. What is the best method for doing this? Do I need to prune back first, or leave it as it is (about 3 feet)? What sort of hole should I make, etc.? I really do not wish to kill my rose as it has sentimental value. Yours HefinaAsked on 9/27/2009 by Hefina Sunderland
A:Hello There, These climbers do not like to be cut back, so you should just plant it out and in spring it should romp away. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 9/28/2009 by Hefina Sunderland
Q:Climbing Plant on a North-Facing Trellis
Dear Sir/Madam, Could you recommend a climbing plant for a trellis? The trellis in question is set against my neighbour's wall, and faces northward. So, I'm looking for a plant to provide maximum, attractive, fast-growing coverage. Yours faithfully, PeterAsked on 8/18/2009 by Peter Lawson
A:Hello Peter, I have done a search on our Plant Finder and if you click on the following link it will take you to all the climbers which will grow on a north facing aspect and are fast growing (although keep in mind most plants are going into their dormant period now) http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/climbers/plcid.15/vid.186/vid.237/ I hope this helps.Answered on 8/19/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Climbing Rose with late summer colour please
Dear Crocus, I am looking for the climbing rose "Handel". I cannot find it on the site, so wonder if you can get it? Otherwise I need a climbing rose that is tolerant of some shade, with a pink or white flower and preferably repeat flowering. The soil is somewhat of a chalky loam. Many thanksAsked on 8/15/2009 by P.Sabin
A:Hello There, I'm afraid we do not have a close match, but if you click on the following link it will take you to the climbing roses that we sell which are tolerant of a little shade. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/roses/climber-rose/plcid.8/plcid.11/vid.167/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 8/17/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:My Rosa Mme Alfred Carriere doesn't flower
Hello I have this climbing rose on either side of my northeast facing front porch. I chose it because it's supposed to be good for a less sunny aspect, but I have yet to get any flowers. They look very healthy - just no flowers. What more can I do? Thanks LornaAsked on 6/27/2009 by Lorna MacEwen
A:Hello Lorna, There are a number of reasons why plants don't flower including too much shade, not enough water or nutrients, or pruning at the wrong time of the year. Rosa Mme Alfred Carriere is a good one for a north facing wall, however it will never flower as well as if it was in a spot that gets loads of sun. The best way to give it a bit of a push is by feeding with a high potash fertiliser.Answered on 7/4/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:What is a good thornless rose?
Can you suggest a pretty, fragrant, thornless climbing rose please?Asked on 3/29/2005 by brian watson
A:We sell a few climbing or rambling roses on our site that have very few thorns. Below are the links to them. Rosa Madame Alfred Carriere http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/roses/climber-rose/climbers/french-rose/climbing-roses/rosa-madame-alfred-carri%C3%A8re/classid.1186/ Rosa Zephirine Drouhin http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/roses/climber-rose/climbers/climbing-roses/rosa-z%C3%A9phirine-drouhin/classid.1197/ Rosa Veilchenblau http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/roses/climber-rose/rambling-roses/climbers/rosa-veilchenblau/classid.77991/Answered on 3/28/2005 by Crocus
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