Bred by Harkness, UK, this extraordinarily disease-resistant floribunda rose was awarded “Best Rose” in the Australian National Rose Trial Gardens in Adelaide in 2011 and will be seen in the coming years growing in road-side and park plantings throughout Australia because it is so readily adaptable to all climates and growing conditions – this is a very tough, free-flowering rose!
“Firestar is a symbol used in some form by most volunteer Fire Brigades in Australia. The points were said to represent the Knightly virtues of tact, loyalty, dexterity, observation, sympathy, gallantry, perseverance and explicitness … all the virtues needed to be a firefighter.” Quoted from Knight’s Roses, 2013
When Firestar blooms first open, they are very warm orange on shortish stems but then the colours start to change, the petals frill and the bush literally smothers itself in a profusion of fascinating colours. Firestar does not stop flowering throughout the entire season and the mid-green foliage adds a delightful foil for the range of colours in the flowers. A very highly recommended rose for garden borders.
- Fascinating colour range from warm orange to strawberry red
- Extremely disease-resistant
- Very free flowering – ideal for garden borders
- A very highly recommended rose!
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.