Introduced by Delbard-Chabert, France in 1966 Altissimo is still very popular today because it is an excellent climbing rose for walls, fences or to train as a pillar or support to the posts of a pergola. Altissimo is a vigorous climbing rose with stiff stems capable of branching readily if used to espalier on a wall or fence where it would flower more like a floribunda/cluster-flowered rose and to which it is particularly suited for masses of flowers – grown in this way, Altissimo will cover a wall 3mts x 3mts and be an absolute sight to behold throughout the entire flowering season.
The large, open flowers with 7-8 petals, display yellow stamens which attract the bees for pollination. Altissimo is lightly fragrant and will repeat flower well throughout the Spring, Summer and Autumn if trimmed constantly as the blooms finish.
Altissimo is a very easy-care rose with dark leathery, exceptionally healthy foliage and in Italian, Altissimo means ‘in the highest’ – Altissimo is very appropriately named because it is a very worth climbing rose to place at the top of your list of ‘must have’ roses since it has so many wonderful qualities and is well suited to a variety of situations in the rose garden. Altissimo happily lets you be the boss and make it do whatever it is you want and whichever site you would like it to cover, this intensely bright coloured, free-flowering climbing rose will never disappoint!
- Stunning large bright red single rose with yellow stamens
- Climber to suit many different aspects in rose garden
- Exceedingly healthy
- Very free flowering
The generally sunny, dry and hot conditions of the Australian garden are particularly well suited to planting roses and roses flourish in our gardens when you take measures to provide the following:
WATER – Roses are very deep rooted plants and require one good, deep soaking at least every 10 days in hot and dry conditions.
FEED – Because roses flower throughout all but the Winter season, they should be regularly fertilized with quality (preferably organic) fertilizer which contains a balance of major nutrients (NPK) and trace elements. The fertilizer should be applied at least once a month – small amount often – with fortnightly applications of liquid seaweed over the foliage.
PRUNE – During Winter, 70% of the rose plant should be pruned and all old wood removed back to the crown and the bush pruned to shape.
During the flowering seasons, 25% of all flowering stems should be cut back after flowering to encourage strong re-growth.
MULCH – Particular attention to application of lucerne or pea straw directly around the root-zone of each rose will enhance the overall health of the rose and then the whole bed should be mulched to 75mm with any other mulch medium available.
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