Moyesii rose – Rosa moyesii

A rose for all seasons

This is a favourite rose both for growing in gardens and using in flower arrangements. It is valued for its bold, informal flowers, its handsome foliage and during winter, its vivid, flask-shaped hips.

ANNUAL CALENDAR

SPRING

March-April:

Plant bare-root bushes. Cut out dead or straggly wood and tidy plants before new growth begins.

Tread in soil at base of plants that have been rocked by wind, as water around the bud union can cause problems.

SUMMER

May-August:

Begin spraying against pests if necessary. On border-grown bushes, keep new shoots within framework. Plants bloom. Leave flower-heads to form hips.

AUTUMN

September-October:

Plan new plantings and prepare planting sites by digging well-rotted manure or garden compost into the soil.

WINTER

November-February:

Plant new bushes on a dry, frost-free day. Gather hip-laden branches for use in indoor arrangements. , PRUNING, 1

Moyesii roses require little, regular pruning. Just cut, away any dead or damaged, wood from mature plants in, spring. As the plants get older, occasionally prune out the oldest wood. This helps prevent the shrubs becoming lank and coarse at their base

GROWING NEW PLANTS

You can grow most species from hardwood cuttings. However, on their own roots, Moyesii roses are likely to produce more shoots than flowers. For abundant flowers, graft on to a wild rose rootstock or buy ready-grafted plants.

IMPORTANT

If placing a Moyesii rose in a border with herbaceous plants, contain it with a tripod or other framework. These are sold at garden centres.

The Moyesii rose is a species with many valuable hybrids. All types except one flower just once, but make up for this by later producing colourful seed-pods (hips).

These roses make large, vigorous bushes. The generous flowers, with their rich golden centres, and the tapering hips both add colour to the garden.

Ideal situation

Because of their size, Moyesii roses need lots of room. They are ideal planted alone as specimen shrubs to display their fountains of flowers and hips to best effect. They also look attractive at the back of borders or as part of a shrubbery.

Planting and care

Aim to plant during the autumn or early spring. Bare-root plants from a nursery should be planted at once, while container-grown plants can be planted at any time, as long as the soil is not waterlogged or frozen.

Many Moyesii roses are grown on rootstock rather than their own roots. Make sure that the bud union (the knob where the grafted rose branches stem from the rootstock) is at least 2.5cm below the soil surface after planting. Water the plant before and after planting, and give a mulch (ground covering) of compost or manure.

POPULAR VARIETIES

‘Eddie’s Jewel’, ‘Eos’, ‘Geranium’, ‘Sealing Wax’, ‘Wintoniensis’,

Moyesiirose

SITUATION

In sun or partial shade, alone as a specimen plant, in a shrubbery or at the back of a border with mixed perennials. Train on iframework if planting as part of border.

SOIL

Well-drained and heavy soil. Improve some time before planting by digging in manure or compost. Add bone meal to planting mixture.

CARE

As plants age, cut out the oldest wood to encourage growth from the base. Water plants until well-established. Renew mulch (ground covering) each spring.

PLANT HEALTH

Moyesii roses are hardy shrubs which are fairly resistant to both pests and diseases if given the correct growing conditions. Do not plant new specimens in a spot where other roses have recently been growing. Remove aphids (greenfly) and caterpillars by hand if seen, or spray a large infestation with a suitable insecticide. You can also try blasting pests off plants with a jet of water from a hose, taking care not to damage any blooms.

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