Aloha

Long flowering with exceptional scent ‘Aloha’ thrives as either a climber or a bush rose. Its full flowers are a joy to behold and will give pleasure for many months, yet it is the beautiful, strong scent which makes this a rose of distinction.

ANNUAL CALENDAR

SPRING

March:

Apply a dressing of rose fertilizer and spray with a general fungicide.

Do not prune in spring.

Plant bare-root roses.

April-May:

Buy and immediately plant container-grown specimens.

SUMMER

June-October:

Allow to flower freely. Deadhead (remove faded flowers) with about 10cm of stem as the season progresses.

Water newly planted roses.

AUTUMN

October:

Tie up long shoots and remove any flower-heads still remaining on the plant. Prune lightly if necessary to keep the shape.

November:

Plant bare-root specimens.

WINTER

December-February:

Apply a mulch (ground covering) of rich compost.

Firmly secure long shoots against strong winds. Plant bare-root roses.

Climbing roses do not normally require any watering, but newly planted ones benefit from heavy watering in late spring and early summer. Water container-grown roses regularly during the first year after planting.

Feed ‘Aloha’ at the beginning of the year and in the early summer with a general rose fertilizer. Never feed any rose after mid-July.

If ‘Aloha’ is grown as a climber, keep the stems well secured against its support. This is particularly important in winter. Otherwise it may become damaged by the wind. ‘Aloha’ is one of the great survivors and does not require any protection during the winter months.

I, PRUNING, 1

Aloha’ is a slow-growing, rose which produces abun-, dant flowers without prun-, ing and does not appreciate, being cut back more than, necessary

If growing it as a climber the only pruning needed is to remove dead, old or diseased stems and any withered shoots.

If growing this rose as a shrub, only light pruning is required. Remove any dead or diseased wood and trim to a neater shape

Planting and care

Before planting, dig the site over well and mix in organic manure. Dig a hole wider than the roots and deep enough to cover the bud union (knob where the stem is grafted to the root-stock). Refill and firm clown the soil with your heel. —

NORTH-FACING SITE

To grow ‘Aloha’ as a climber against a north wall, make sure the site catches the morning and evening sun in summer. It will not flourish in permanently shaded positions. Prune lightly in spring after cutting out any dead wood and maintain overall height at about 2m. With these precautions, ‘Aloha’ should make a remarkable display in a difficult position.

A lthough ‘Aloha’ was introduced in America as a climber, it is often more productive in Britain as a shrub. The moderate growth makes it ideal for a restricted area.

Like many of the modern climbing roses, ‘Aloha’ flowers throughout the summer and autumn. As a result, it does not grow vigorously in the manner of many of the older climbers, so do not expect it to ramble over a pergola.

Ideal situation ‘Aloha’ will grow easily anywhere in the garden as long it has a good depth of soil with plenty of organic manure incorporated.

Always give any new climbing rose plenty of space and never plant where another rose has grown continuously for the previous ten or more years, unless the topsoil is completely replaced.

One great advantage of ‘Aloha’ is that it will grow on a north wall. In fact, it thrives with very little sunlight although it will not grow in deep shade.

Aloha

SITUATION

Almost any situation. Grow as a climber against a wall or round a pillar, or as a freestanding shrub.

SOIL

Rich, moist soil with plenty of well-rotted manure worked into it.

CARE

Spray annually in spring with a combined fungicide and insecticide, and apply rose fertilizer. Deadhead (remove faded blooms) to prolong flowering. Tie up climbers at the start of winter.

PLANT HEALTH

Apply a comprehensive mixed fungicide spray when greenfly (aphids) first appear.

Repeat spray at monthly intervals to control both aphids and fungal diseases.

IMPORTANT

Only prune ‘Aloha’ lightly after removing dead wood if you want it to develop as a climber. If pruned, it will not climb at all but will grow as a bush rose instead.

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