Piccadilly

Stunning two-toned petals ‘Piccadilly’ is probably the most successful bicolour rose ever bred.

The lively blend of red and yellow petal colour has brightened gardens for over 30 years, and this favourite still has few equals today.

ANNUAL CALENDAR

SPRING

March:

Prune, then follow with an application of rose fertilizer.

Spray with general fungicide.

SUMMER

Mid-June-August: ‘Piccadilly’ blooms all summer. Deadhead (remove dead flower-heads) through the season. Give fertilizer in July. Spray regularly against black spot and mildew and check for aphid damage.

AUTUMN

September-October:

Last phase of flowering period. Cut back when flowering has finished.

WINTER

November-February:

No care needed apart from mulching (covering) the rose-bed with organic matter. 1, PRUNING, 1

Prune plants every spring

Begin by using very sharp, secateurs to remove any, thin, spindly growth and, then reduce the remaining, strong shoots by two, thirds. As plants age theywill accumulate old, stumpy wood. Remove this with a small handsaw.

Cut back ‘leggy’ (strag gling) flowering shoots in the autumn to prevent damage from winter gales. ,

BETTER BLOOMS

A well-established plant will produce strong flowering shoots with many flowering buds. To obtain large blooms, remove some of the side buds. Do this at an early stage, before they are well developed. For flowers with optimum colour contrast, grow ‘Piccadilly’ in a partially shaded site.

IMPORTANT

Never over-feed ‘Piccadilly’ as it can result in excessively lush growth that is susceptible to disease.

Known as a tricolour, ‘Piccadilly’ has scarlet petals which are yellow on the reverse side. Roses with two colours on the same side of the petal are called blends.

Bicolour roses have only been available since the introduction of the red and yellow Austrian briar 100 years ago. Although once a novelty, bicolour roses are now firm garden favourites, and ‘Piccadilly’ is probably the most popular bicolour ever introduced. Its ancestry includes the famous ‘Peace’ rose and a long line of Hybrid Teas (large-flowered bush roses). ‘Piccadilly’ is one of the earliest Hybrid Teas to flower and should bloom from mid-June through to the end of October.

Ideal situation ‘Piccadilly’ will grow anywhere in the garden but must have full sunlight to bloom most prolifically.

Choose a spot where roses have not been grown for the last five years. This is to prevent the bush becoming ‘rose sick’. ‘Piccadilly’ is probably best planted in a bed of its own to give a brilliant splash of colour throughout the season. Planted in groups and spaced about 60-70cm apart, the bushes will soon spread to fill the entire bed.

Preparing the soil ‘Piccadilly’ grows best in deep, fertile soil. Although most roses will grow in a wide range of soil types, this rose does not thrive in very light sandy ground or in soil which is chalky or limy. In gardens with these soil types, it is best to plant ‘Piccadilly’ in a pot or raised bed containing more appropriate soil. Before planting, add plenty of organic manure to enrich the soil.

Cultivating ‘Piccadilly’ requires very little attention apart from the regular monitoring and control of aphid and disease damage. Feed with a good rose fertilizer immediately after pruning and again at the end of June. Deadhead (remove dead flower-heads) as the season progresses to encourage a continuous display of blooms.

Piccadilly

SITUATION

Flowers most prolifically in a site with full sun, but grows well in partial shade.

SOIL

Medium-textured soil rich in humus, well-drained but moist. Does not thrive in light, sandy, chalky or limy soil.

CARE

Prune annually. Deadhead (remove faded flowers) to prolong flowering. Inspect frequently for black spot, mildew and aphids and spray against them.

Keep ‘Piccadilly’ looking its best by making regular checks for greenfly. Pick the pests off or use a spray for large numbers.

PLANT HEALTH ‘Piccadilly’ is prone to black spot. Give it the correct growing conditions to keep it resistant to disease. It benefits from regular spraying with a systemic fungicide from the end of June. Greenfly can be a pest. Control it by spraying with an aphicide at the first signs, usually in May or June.

IMPORTANT

Sometimes a ‘Piccadilly’ bush will produce an odd pale yellow bloom. This is called a colour sport and will appear only on a particular stem. Control it by removing the freak flower.

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