Rosa Peace ('Madame A. Meilland')
rose Peace (hybrid tea)
- Position: full sun
- Soil: fertile, humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: fast-growing
- Flowering period: July to September
- Flower colour: pink-flushed, primrose-yellow
- Other features: excellent cut-flowers
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Fragrant, fully double, pink-flushed, primrose-yellow flowers from July to September and glossy, dark green leaves. This popular, large-flowered bush rose is perfect towards the back of a sunny border with fertile, moist, well-drained soil. The enormous blooms remain beautiful until they're fully blown and make excellent cut-flowers.
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 10-15cm from the base, leaving four to six buds on each stem. Finally, cut the thinner stems back to within 5-10cm from the base, leaving approximately two to four buds per stem.
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Q:Plants for a sunny border to compliment a tangerine coloured Rose.......
Hi, I have a newly built patio, which incorporates a 5 metre by just over 1 metre bed, south facing in full sun. (when the sun shines!) I have already purchased 8 tangerine roses which I had thought to underplant with some Alchemilla mollis... but I am at a bit of a loss. I had thought to make it very bright with the tangerine/lime colourway but maybe I need to add some dark purple leaved Heuchera? Do they like full sun? Also I would have liked some height at the back....? On the north length of the bed is the patio, on the south length are two oak sleeper holding back a raised lawn. Can you please help me, I started off doing my purchases from you but really I need some professional advice as to what will work together. The 8 rose bushes are the only purchase so far. RegardsAsked on 2/16/2010 by Heather Morss
A:Hello There, I like all your ideas and think it will look very dramatic. Both the Alchemilla and the Heucheras will flourish in full sun or partial shade so they should be absolutely fine. I would not go for anything else too tall as the roses are only reasonably compact and will prefer not to have too much competition, however you could put in a few dark purple Penstemons such as P. Raven to add a bit of height. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/perennials/penstemon-raven/classid.7316/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 2/16/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Plant to remember my cat.....
Hello, My cat recently died and in his memory I want to plant something that will last all year round which is hardy. Most of all it would be great if it could in some way reflect his gentle nature. Do you have any ideas? Many thanksAsked on 9/29/2009 by LK DC
A:Hello, I'm really sorry to hear about your cat, but think it is a lovely idea to plant something in remembrance. We will have the following roses later in autumn (probably in November), which you might find fitting rose Peace (hybrid tea), rose Compassion (climbing hybrid tea),rose Remember Me (hybrid tea) I hope this helps, Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 9/30/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:'Peace' Rose how many do I need for an area....?
Please could you advise me on how many Hybrid Peace Rose bushes I would need for a bed approx 10ft by 5ft and when would be the best time to order them from you? Kind regards, SusanAsked on 8/29/2009 by Sue Sellars
A:Hello Susan, I would use around 11 plants to fill the area, and plant them double rows of 4, with the extra ones filling in the gaps. Autumn is always the best time to order and plant roses, and I would have thought we would have these in stock in late October or November. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 9/1/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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