PRINCESS ALEXANDRA OF KENT – David Austin Modern Shrub Rose of immensely beautiful proportions

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Bred by David Austin, UK, released in Australia in 2010 to complement the already large range of English Roses we enjoy in the Australian landscape. This rose is one of the most disease resistant!

Princess Alexandra of Kent has the most glorious colours of clotted apricot pink to warm glowing pink and fading to pale pink as the bloom ages. At all stages, this is a very pretty rose and the shrub which will grow to around 1.3 metres tall and 1 metre wide, smothers itself with very large, blowsy, full-petalled blooms constantly.

The shrub is exceedingly healthy and little pruning should be carried out for the first couple of years because lots of watershoots are produced in the early years and these will enhance the flowering capacity and stability of the shrub to withstand very windy positions in the rose garden.

This glorious rose stands up moderately well in a vase where the delightful fragrance can be enjoyed and looks stunning in the ‘Pearly Petals’ solution.

  • Very disease-resistant David Austin rose
  • Gorgeous apricot pink/warm glowing pink/pale pink blooms
  • Delightful fragrance in full-petalled large blooms
  • Great shrub rose for group planting

CULTURAL NOTES:

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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