Rosa 'Falstaff'

Rosa 'Falstaff'

Description: Rich crimson double flowers with a mass of petals which darken to rich purple with age.  Old rose scent add to the beauty of ths recent introduction.

Uses: Use in mixed borders or rose gardens.  Also can be grown as a shorter climber if the shoots are trained out into a fan shape.

Climate/Position: Sunny bed or against a sunny wall,

Height/Spread: 1.2 metres or up to 2.5 metres if grown as a climber.

Soil Requirements: Though roses will tolerate most soil types, for best results roses prefer deep, rich, free draining soils with plenty of organic matter.

Avoid planting in sites that have previously been used for growing roses. Add organic matter before planting and mulch regularly for best results.

Pruning: Pruning roses is best undertaken at the end of February. On all plants remove any dead and diseased stems, as well as very weak and thin stems, and then the oldest stems to encourage rejuvenation. Try to develop an open vase shaped bush for better air movement to reduce risk of pests and disease. Prune remaining shoots lightly and if grown as a climber prune as a climber maintaining a formal fan shaped framework.

Within the flowering season, dead heading blooms after colour throughout the season will improve the overall look and flowering capacity of the plant.

Special Requirements: Feeding roses in spring and applying annual mulch will enhance performance, encourage healthy growth and lead to improved flowering.

Additional Interest: Plant Breeders Rights apply

Trade name  'Ausverse'  Introduced in 1999 by UK rose breeder David Austin.