Rosa 'Cardinal de Richelieu'

rose Cardinal de Richelieu (gallica)

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Buy Rosa 'Cardinal de Richelieu' rose Cardinal de Richelieu (gallica): Velvety purple blooms

This rose is deciduous so it will lose all its leaves in autumn, then fresh new foliage appears again each spring.

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: fertile, humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: fast-growing
  • Flowering period: June and July
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Dense clusters of sumptuous, fragrant, fully double, deep burgundy-purple flowers in June and July and dark green leaves. This gorgeous, gallica rose is an excellent specimen plant for a mixed or shrub border in sun or partial shade. On virtually thorn-less stems, the rounded blooms make exquisite cut-flowers.

    All our roses are grown in an open field and then dug up when the weather conditions are right in October or November. Some suppliers send out their roses as 'bare root' plants (ie without pots or compost), but we pot ours up as it helps to keep the roots hydrated and in good condition. As they are dormant throughout the winter, they will not produce any new roots until spring, so don't be surprised if the compost falls away from the roots when you take them out of their pots. The roses can be kept in their pots throughout the winter provided they are kept well fed and watered, however ideally they should planted out as soon as possible. They will already have been cut back so no further pruning will be required, apart from snipping off any tips that have died back. Routine pruning can begin in late winter the year after planting.

  • Garden care: If planting in winter, choose a frost-free spell when the soil is not frozen. Roses are quite deep-rooted plants so dig a deep hole roughly twice as wide as the plants roots and mix in a generous amount of composted organic matter. A top-dressing of a general purpose fertiliser can be worked into the surrounding soil and we also recommend using Rose Rootgrow at this stage to encourage better root development. This is particularly important when planting into a bed where roses have previously been grown as Rose Rootgrow is said to combat rose sickness (aka. replant disease).

    Remove the plants from their pots and gently spread out the roots before placing them in the centre of the hole. Try to ensure that the 'bud union' (the point where the cultivated rose has been grafted onto the rootstock, and from where the shoots emerge) is at soil level. You can judge this quite easily by laying something flat, like a spade handle or bamboo cane, across the top of the hole. When they are at the right height, back-fill the hole, firming the soil down gently before watering the plant well.

    Water generously until well established, and apply a specialist rose fertiliser (following the manufacturers instructions) each spring. They will also benefit from a generous mulch of composted farmyard manure in spring, but make sure this is kept away from the stems.

    As most shrub roses tend to flowers best on older stems, they only need a little light formative pruning. Hard pruning should be avoided unless absolutely necessary as it can often ruin the plants shape. The best time to prune is in late summer after they have finished flowering. While wearing tough gloves, remove dead, damaged, diseased or congested branches completely. If the centre of the shrub is becoming congested, remove one or two of the older stems to their base. If they have become too leggy, then you can often encourage new growth to form by cutting one or two stems back to within 10 - 15cm above ground level.

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Notes on Rosa 'Cardinal de Richelieu'

"A gallica rose with velvet-textured purple petals that darken to murrey or the colour of black grapes - a must-have in an old-rose border of differing pinks and whites"

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I wanted an attractive rose without thorns, and was happy with this one, which survived even the unusually cold winter and then very hot and dry summer in its first year after planting. At the moment, it looks happy and healthy.

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I have a front yard which is in a fair amount of shade from mid-spring - early autumn. We get morning sun till about 10 am. Are there any roses I could grow in a pot in these conditions?

KELLIBEK

Hi there Roses do like sun I'm afraid, and although there are some varieties that will tolerate light shade they flower best in sun. I have attached a link to the Roses that will grow in partial shade but these are either climbing or rambling roses. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/roses/plcid.8/vid.167/vid.186/ You might be better using plants that prefer a shady aspect by using our plant search facility - which is at the top of each page. There you can select shrubs, perennials, climbers etc by clicking on the images or text. This will take you to a more in depth search facility where you can select the aspect, type of soil, flower colour, main season of interest, etc. From this you will see our full range of plants that fit this criteria. I hope this helps.

Georgina

Disease resistant roses for a coastal area Hi, Before I order some roses I need some information on which ones would grow well in our local conditions. I live in the far west of Cornwall, the soil is fairly acid,- Camellias grow well here. It's windy and the air is quite salt laden since we're not far from the sea. I'd like disease resistant plants if possilbe since the climbing roses by the cottage door do get black spot. At the moment, even here, where we hardly ever have a frost, there is 4 inches of snow on the ground and the temperature has been 0 to minus 1 for the past five days.... the postman hasn't reached us for four days! ...So, I won't be ordering the roses right now. Thanks, Trudi

Trudi Gurling

Hello Trudi, All roses need similar growing conditions, although a couple are slightly more tolerant of shade than others. If you click on the following link it will take you to all our roses that show some resistance to diseases. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/roses/plcid.8/vid.243/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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