New Dawn Roses
Introduction to New Dawn Roses:
Climbing roses are rapidly becoming a cornerstone in most gardeners’ rose collections for a variety of reasons. For the most part climbing roses are simply genetic mutations of many different varieties of bush roses, bred to grow to much larger heights. Climbing roses will typically bloom heavily in the spring and then if maintained properly, they will continue with smaller scattered blooms for the rest of the growing season. The New Dawn is one of the most popular of these types of roses!
In 1997 this rose was given a unique distinction when it was votes as being the most popular rose in the entire world during the 11th World Convention of the Rose Societies. Since then New Dawn roses have been considered the standard by which all other climbing roses have been judged. This rose is both elegant and classic and is extremely versatile in any landscaping idea! You can shape this rose into a tree shape, allow it to grow as a vigorous climber, or you can prune it heavily and keep it shaped as a traditional bush rose.
Growing New Dawn Roses:
The ample blooms on the New Dawn will be about 3 inch wide double blooms with 15 or so petals each and they will have a gorgeous light to silvery pink color. This rose is very fragrant and is also somewhat tolerant of the shade, which makes it a little more versatile than some other rose varieties. If left to grow as a climber, New Dawn will reach heights of 12 to 18 feet and it will spread out 6 to 10 feet wide. If you are concerned about hardiness, don’t worry, the New Dawn is hardy in zones 4 through 10.
The New Dawn is also very resistant to diseases which make it a popular choice for beginning growers and veterans alike! If you are looking for an attractive and vigorous climbing rose to add to your landscaping ideas, New Dawn roses are absolutely the way to go! There are few people who view this rose that will not be taken aback by its beauty. This is one of those roses that fits well in any garden! The New Dawn can also be grown in a container however you will have to keep it well pruned or it will quickly outgrow its given space. Just make sure that you provide freezing protection for it should you decide to go this route.
Site Selection for New Dawn Roses:
Before you start digging a hole to plant your New Dawn, make sure that you have the proper location in your garden to give it the best chance possible for success. This particular variety can be grown in partial shade locations, however it won’t perform at its best if you do. Try to find it a sunny spot that gets a minimum of 6 to 8 hours each day of direct sunlight. The more the better and it will certainly reward you for it.
You also need to make sure that the spot you pick has good air circulation, as well as soil that drains well. Roses in general do not do too well if they are soggy for long periods of time and you risk opening them up to various diseases and pests if you keep them too wet. The soil condition can always be corrected by amending it with various things, but more often than not air circulation cannot be readily improved, especially if you have structures blocking the air flow. Just do your best to give your New Dawn roses the best spot you possibly can.
Planting New Dawn Roses:
Planting the New Dawn is really easy to do and only requires a few basic hand tools to get the job done. Before you start digging, I highly recommend that you take a trip to your local garden center and pick up a bag of a nice organic compost. When you dig up the soil for the hole, put it into a wheel barrow and mix it with the compost at a ratio of 2 parts soil to 1 part compost. This will be your new soil mix for back filling the hole.
For a bareroot plant, make sure that you dig the hole wide enough to handle the roots without forcing them into the hole. You also need to dig it deep enough so that you can mound up some soil in the center of the hole and allow the roots to angle downward naturally. If you bought your New Dawn roses in containers, just dig the hole about twice the diameter of the container, and equally as deep.
Once the plant is set, back fill the hole about halfway and then water it thoroughly until it is almost like mud. Then fill the hole the rest of the way and water it again. This helps to settle the soil and prevents air pockets from forming around the roots.
Pruning New Dawn Roses:
Pruning climbing roses is actually quite easy even though many people think it is difficult to do. You will want to prune in early spring or late winter, before the leaves begin to form on the plant. Start off with the basics, cut away any dead canes as well as any that look diseased. This is also a good time to clean up the loose and dead leaves that are probably lying around the base of the plant from the previous season. Never let debris lie at the base of your New Dawn as this could be an invitation to pests and diseases.
Next, start trimming back the lateral canes that overlap one another. The lateral canes are the narrower ones that grow off the main canes and branch out in every direction. You can also begin shaping the plant by training canes to grow the direction you would like. Simply cut them back to a bud that faces the direction you want the cane to grow. It is really that simple!
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Folks searching for information about “New Dawn” rose care are among the most frequent visitors around here. So, for those who are interested, my rosarian regimen is as follows.
The subject of this attention is a vigorous eight-year old “New Dawn” bush trained to a trellis that arches over my back door.
May 1: Apply 1/2 cup of Epsom salts dissolved in 2 cups warm water to the roots of the bush. Epsom salts (MgSo4) are a good source of magnesium and sulfur. Without an extra shot of magnesium, this particular rose can show the signs of magnesium deficiency–yellowing of the leaves between the veins and leaf curling–due either to its poor soil or leaching from the nearby concrete house foundation.
June 1, July 1, August 1: Scratch a 1 1/4 cup of RoseTone around roots monthly. Up here in Zone 6, fertilizing later than August 15 risks promoting new growth that will not have sufficient time to harden off before killing frosts. Resist the temptation.
Early spring, prune out winter-killed stems and other deadwood. Climbers bloom on the previous year’s wood, so limit the trimming to just tidying up.
While in flower, deadhead spent blooms for appearance.
After flowering, the bush can be shaped.
At this time, do:
*Prune severely as soon as possible in order to direct energy towards the development of new canes and to support flowering for next year.
*Remove deadwood and spindly, ill-shaped, or old canes.
*Cut back laterals, the smaller branches growing from the upright canes, on the diagonal at 1/4 inch above the first group of five true leaves. Cut so that new growth will be directed away from the center of the plant.
*Train vertical canes to the trellis by tying with garden twine.
*In order to prevent abrasion against the stem surface, form the twine tie as a figure-eight looping between the stem and the support.
*In order to avoid crushing the stems, use by-pass rather anvil clippers.
*Position canes to overlap or rub against each other, say the experts. And good luck with that thorny throw down!
*Leave rose hips to ripen.
For me, pruning requires several afternoons teetering on a ladder–never pleasant under a hot summer sun–so I don’t generally get around to this task until the weather starts to cool. By late fall, the plant is no longer throwing out new growth, and laterals have been trimmed to project 3″-5″ from the vertical canes.
Mulching and watering
Rosarians say that plants require about an inch of water each week during the growing season. For me, the easiest way to meet this requirement is just a a few hours with a dripping hose.
Since this rose isn’t sprayed with fungicides or pesticides, good hygiene is critical to maintaining its foliage and flowers. To avoid mildews, I don’t spray the leaves. Before putting down any summer mulch, I clean up old leaves and other potentially disease-harboring debris. Also helps to be willing to accept a limited amount of black spot, aphid activity, and Japanese beetle damage.
Since I lost another “New Dawn” to a particularly dry, cold winter, I am careful to winter mulch after the ground has frozen in early January. I snug up evergreen boughs from discarded Christmas trees over the base of the plant to the height of about a foot. They come off slowly in the spring as the weather warms.
And then there’s the reason that this variety has been going strong since it was introduced in 1930: it’s plain and simple beautiful.
Climbing rose ‘New Dawn’
* Botanical name: Rosa ‘New Dawn’
* What it is: One of the more disease-resistant and longest blooming climbing roses. Flowers are moderately fragrant, double-petaled and light pink in color. June is the prime show, but ‘New Dawn’ is good at sporadic repeat flowering throughout the season.
* Size: Grows 8 to 10 feet tall with support (you’ll have to tie or guide since roses don’t cling on or twine up supports on their own).
* Where to use: Grow up any trellis, arbor or pergola. Or train to ramble across a picket fence. With guidance, will also meander up and out the branching of a small tree. Flowers best in full sun to light shade.
* Care: Scatter organic granular fertilizer formulated for roses around the base in March and again in June. Work compost into the soil at planting. Keep consistently damp for best performance (water the soil, not over the leaves) but can go without water except in extended hot, dry spells. Starting in year 3, thin out excess branches and shorten overly long arms at the end of each winter. Mound 3 to 4 extra inches of mulch around the base to insulate the crown over winter.
* Great partner: Purple salvia or lavender are two good color-coordinated perennial partners. Pair with boxwoods for a more formal, Colonial look.
New Dawn Climbing Rose
The first rose ever to get a United States Plant Patent (that’s right — it is PP#1!), New Dawn has been delighting gardeners for more than 85 years. This climbing rose was revolutionary when it was introduced in 1930, and it continues to be among the very best for everblooming habit, terrific disease resistance, unstoppable flower power, and tolerance of everything from light shade to drought!
This rose was originally called ‘The New Dawn,’ and you can see why. Breeder Henry Bosenberg knew he was onto something big when one of the best climbers, ‘Dr. W. Van Fleet,’ sent out a sport that bloomed not just once but continuously over a very, very long season. Mr. Bosenberg commented that in his garden in New Brunswick, New Jersey, ‘The New Dawn’ “provides a succession of blooms on a single plant from about the end of May to the middle of November, or until stopped by frost.” Few roses today, nearly a century later, can make such a claim.
And New Dawn’s flowers are beautiful. Fully double (average petal count is 35), 3 to 4 inches wide, soft pink, and boasting a moderate, sweet fragrance, they arise on very tough, thorny canes from the ground up! New Dawn blooms on old wood, so you don’t have to cut it back to get new flowers. It’s the original “let it go” rose, eager to frame windows, climb walls, and spill over arbors and pergolas.
Expect this rose to reach 18 to 20 feet high and as much as 10 feet wide over time. Now, it will spend the first year finding its feet in your garden. Oh, you may get blooms, but you won’t realize the full power of New Dawn until the second season. That’s when it gets serious about growing and blooming like crazy . . . and it continues this vigor for many decades!
New Dawn gets much of its garden fortitude from its R. wichurana heritage. It’s called a climbing rose but is actually one of the great ramblers, making itself at home in conditions that other roses despise (a touch of shade, a bit of dry soil). No wonder it was inducted into the Rose Hall of Fame 30 years ago, and has outlasted the thousands of climbers that have come after it throughout the decades!
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Rosa New Dawn (Rose New Dawn) is a vigorous, repeat-flowering climber. Widely popular, this climbing rose variety is prized for its prolonged flowering season.
The profuse display of pearl pink, semi-double flowers starts in early summer and lasts until late autumn. The free-flowering, blush pink blossoms have a subtle, sweet fragrance and look spectacular against a backdrop of glossy foliage. The dark green leaves accentuate the elegant, pale shade of flowers and hide the thorny stems.
A sport of the Wichurana climbing rose (Rosa Dr W. Van Fleet), this showy climber outshone the cultivar it originated from. Fully hardy in all of Britain and Ireland, Rose New Dawn is one of the most favoured varieties in the UK, and with good reason. Discovered in the 1930s, Rose New Dawn isn’t just a beauty to behold – this rose has historical significance as well, as it holds the first plant patent ever granted. Highly prized, this beautiful variety is the recipient of the esteemed Award of Garden Merit by Royal Horticultural Society and belongs to the Hall of Fame of the World Federation of Rose Societies.
Generally considered resistant to pest and diseases, this deciduous climbing rose isn’t prone to problems when grown in optimal conditions. Best planted in a sunny location with fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil and a good circulation of air, Rose New Dawn is quite adaptable and can tolerate poor soils and partial shade. To encourage prolific flowering, avoid dimly lit locations and overly wet soils.
Low-maintenance, this spectacular climbing rose can grow to be 1.5 to 2.5 metres tall and wide. A fast-growing, vigorous variety, Rosa New Dawn needs a sturdy structure to support its growth, so it’s often trained along a wall, trellis, arbor or pergolas.
With its timeless, elegant charm, Rosa New Dawn has been favoured by gardeners for almost a century. Although its classic looks make it perfect for cottage and traditional gardens, the showy clusters of shell pink roses can find their spot in modern landscapes, as well. Use this outstanding climber to cover bare walls or fences and borders, or as a perfect statement plant, grown along an arch or a trellis, where its profuse blossoms can be appreciated, and their aromatic fragrance enjoyed.
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