Peer Gynt

Canary-yellow beauty ‘Peer Gynt’ was introduced in the late 1960s as one of the hardiest yellow bush roses ever produced. It has lived up to that promise, with its vigorous growth and fragrant blooms appearing throughout the season.

ANNUAL CALENDAR

SPRING

Early March:

Prune established bushes. Feed with a rose fertilizer and spray with a general fungicide.

SUMMER

End of June:

Give a second feed.

Spray against mildew and aphids.

July-October:

Flowering time.

Deadhead (remove dead flower-heads) systematically throughout summer.

AUTUMN

November:

Cut bushes down by a third to reduce wind damage in winter.

WINTER

December-February:

This rose is very hardy, and no special treatment is needed.

BUYING

You can buy bare-root plants through mail order or collect them from rose nurseries from October to the end of March. Plant as soon as possible.

Alternatively, most good garden centres have container-grown specimens available in late spring and early summer. As ‘Peer Gynt’ is a vigorous grower, new plants should have 3 very strong shoots at least as thick as a pencil. Do not buy any less sturdy specimens as they are likely to grow into weak plants attacked by mildew.

The adaptable Hybrid Tea rose ‘Peer Gynt’ has the potential to produce massive yellow blooms or huge clusters of moderately sized flowers. ‘Peer Gynt’ is bred from two well-known and tough parents. It inherits colour and size from ‘Golden Giant’ and toughness and flowering characteristics from ‘Colour Wonder’.

Yellow bush roses had gained a reputation for disliking some soils, particularly those in a chalky area. ‘Peer Gynt’ proved this untrue, and widened the choice of colour for those with chalk soil.

Ideal situation ‘Peer Gynt’ starts to flower a little later than most other bush roses, so take this into account when planning the garden.

Although ‘Peer Gynt’ is a tough rose, it does require a sunny position. It will withstand gusts of wind but not a continuous cold draught.

Planting and care

This rose grows to about 1m in height and 70cm wide. Plant it in a conventional rose-bed about 70cm apart to allow for its spread. It also makes bold splashes of colour if planted in groups of five or seven in a border. Odd numbers look better than even.

Feed ‘Peer Gynt’ with a good, comprehensive rose fertilizer twice a year: once immediately after the spring pruning and again at the end of June.

Deadhead (remove the old flowering growth) immediately after the first flush of blooms has finished. Cut back the stems by about 25cm to encourage fresh growth and a second set of flowers.

By deadheading and feeding properly, the rose will reward the garden with a large crop of slightly scented flowers until well into the autumn.

THE NAME OF THE ROSE

Peer Gynt’ is popular in many countries. If you are travelling abroad, you may find it given other titles, such as ‘Old Timer’, ‘Old

Time’ or ‘Coppertone’. This practice of the same rose having different names is common where roses of

European origin are promoted in other parts of the world.

PRUNING

Cut ‘Peer Gynt’ stems clown by about two thirds in early March, completely removing any old, diseased or untidy wood at the same time. Use a sharp pair of secateurs unless the wood is too thick to cut, in which case use a lopper or a small, sharp pruning saw.

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SITUATION

Ideal for a sunny position in rose-beds or mixed borders. Use alone as a specimen rose or grow in groups, with or without other plants.

SOIL

Well-drained soil enriched with generous amounts of rotted manure. Grow in soil that has been free of roses for at least 5 years.

CARE

Give plenty of organic food. Prune to within 15cm of the ground after planting. It benefits from a midsummer feed. Deadhead (remove dead flower-heads). Spray against mildew.

PLANT HEALTH

In some gardens mildew can be a problem. Use a comprehensive systemic fungicide and thoroughly cover the plant and nearby soil after pruning and again at 2-week intervals from the end of

June. Include an aphicide to control greenfly attacks with the first summer application.

Since ‘Peer Gynt’ is such a tough rose, it does not require any protection in winter. However, it benefits from trimming back in late autumn to reduce damage caused by winter gales.

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