If you live in a colder climate where Roses sometimes struggle in the spring season, this Rose is for you! Blooms right on schedule each year, clusters of orange buds open to large, pale apricot blossoms that envelop this vigorous, cold-hardy climber. The 7 cm (3 in) semi-double to double flowers arrive in spring or summer followed by intermittent blooms later in the season. Mild fragrance and on its own root. Height 6 to 8 feet.
Once received make sure roots are kept moist. Soak roses for at least 24 hours (can be as long as 3 or 4 days) before planting (roots totally submerged in water). Plant in a well prepared soil. If the rose is grafted, (knot at base of stems) make sure you bury the graft 10 cm (4 to 6 in) deep. Roses grow best in full sun and good air circulation. Moisture is very important during the first year, generous waterings 2-3 times a week for first 6-8 weeks. Dig the hole big enough to accommodate the roots and fill with water once before planting. Make sure roots are not crammed into hole. Firm the soil around the roots and water thoroughly. Fertilize regularly for stronger growth and more bloom. Water generously before freeze-up in fall. The best protection is extra soil or leaves raked over roses to help catch the snow. Remove covering as spring warms up. Most shrub roses are grown on their own roots (see above), if so, there is no need for pruning suckers. Prune out any deadwood and inward growing branches. Prune to keep desired shape. DO NOT PRUNE BACK IN THE FALL. Each spring prune back excess deadwood to green portion of stems, generally 1/3 to 1/2 back. Climbers – Provide support for branches and train accordingly.
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