Antique Old Yellow Garden Rose
(Terrace, BC, Canada)
QUESTION: Can you assist me in finding the Name of my families Antique, Yellow, Old Garden Rose?
My family has an Old Garden Rose, a One time Bloomer (June/July).
It is yellow and came from Marionshire Wales in the late 1800's.
It has 2 - 2 1/2 inch blooms, is very hardy, as we live in Northern British Columbia and it has grown to be about 10 feet high and 8 feet wide.
It has enormous thorns, and loves to climb and spends 8 - 10 hours a day in full sunlight.
I am needing to find the specific way to prune it, to propagate it and mainly to help it become the best rose it can be.
Also I would love to have the proper name for it so when it goes to other family members, they will have the history on it.
As it is not in bloom at this time, I do not have a current pictue to send, nor do I have a close up of it.
I will need to send that as soon as possible, but if you have any clues to what it MAY be, please help?
Thank YOU, the Rema Family
ANSWER: Hi Kathy!
I am afraid I won't be able to help you identify your old yellow rose.
It's an antique rose, and most likely not availabe now.
However I can help you with the pruning.
Since this antique yellow rose is an once-blooming rose, it should ONLY be pruned AFTER flowering in summer.
The once-blooming roses only bloom on last years growth, so if you prune it in spring, you prune away last years growth, and you won't have any flowers this summer.
When the rose is in full bloom, take a look at the canes. Do you see any canes that are not producing as many blooms?
Those canes are very old, and you can remove them at the base using a pruning saw.
This will stimulate the growth of new canes that will produce more blooms.
Here is my page about pruning antique roses.
You should give the rose some rose food in the spring. Give it a good water soak first.
I recommend using a time released rose food.
Antique roses are easy to propagate.
Here is my page about how to propagate roses.