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.
, then follow with an application of rose fertilizer.
Spray with general fungicide.
Mid-June-August: ‘Piccadilly’ blooms all summer. Deadhead (remove dead flower-heads) through the season. Give fertilizer in July. Spray regularly against black spot andand check for damage.
Last phase of flowering period. Cut back when flowering has finished.
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. ,
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. Forwith optimum colour contrast, grow ‘Piccadilly’ in a partially shaded site.
Never over-‘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.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 inand 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 afterand again at the end of June. Deadhead (remove dead flower-heads) as the season progresses to encourage a continuous of blooms.
Flowers most prolifically in a site with full sun, but grows well in partial shade.
Medium-textured soil rich in humus, well-drained but moist. Does not thrive in light, sandy, chalky or limy soil.
Prune annually. Deadhead (remove faded) to prolong flowering. Inspect frequently for black spot, and and spray against them.
Keep ‘Piccadilly’ looking its best by making regular checks for. 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.can be a pest. Control it by spraying with an aphicide at the first signs, usually in May or June.
Sometimes a ‘Piccadilly’ bush will produce an odd pale yellow bloom. This is called a colour sport and will appear only on a particular. Control it by removing the freak flower.