Grooming Your Roses
If you choose to, prune bush-form Noisette roses back one-third to one-half of their total height in early spring (usually sometime in February); then trim them again lightly in late summer (mid-August to mid-September) to encourage heavy blooming. Remove any dead canes as needed. Hard pruning (as done with hybrid teas) will not hurt Noisette bushes, but they do not need it to form well-branched plants.
For climbing Noisettes, remove dead or undesired canes (as with bushes, in early spring and again in late summer) while preserving the graceful form of the plant. Do not cut back climbing roses, as this will damage their form.
Deadheading (removing spent flowers) climbing roses after spring bloom will promote somewhat heavier fall blooming, if you have a ladder and the inclination to try this. Almost all Noisettes will still bloom very nicely in the fall with no deadheading. (Note: It takes about three years for a climbing rose or large bush rose to reach full maturity, but most will still do their best to bloom as they grow.)
NOISETTE ROSES AT A GLANCE
- Bloom: heavy in both spring and fall, scattered flowers in summer
- Range: all South--though some may be tender in Upper South
- Light: at least six hours direct sun
- Soil: any well drained
- Water: Soak root zone with about 1 inch of water weekly during growing season.
- Fertilizer: Apply a slow-release fertilizer (such as Mills Magic Rose Mix) at pruning times (usually February and August). Apply a liquid fertilizer (such as alfalfa tea or fish emulsion) every two weeks when rose is blooming heavily. Do not feed after October.
- Nice to know: Noisette roses, while not impervious to black spot, thrive without being sprayed.
Where To Find It
Noisette roses are available from these nurseries and gardens:
- The Antique Rose Emporium Brenham, Texas, 1-800-441-0002 or www.antiqueroseemporium.com
- Roses Unlimited, Laurens, South Carolina, (864) 682-7673 or www.rosesunlimitedownroot.com
- Chamblee's Rose Nursery, Tyler, Texas, 1-800-256-7673 or www.chambleeroses.com
- Heirloom Roses, St. Paul, Oregon, (503) 538-1576, www.heirloomroses.com
- Sequoia Nursery, Visalia, California, (559) 732-0309 or www.miniatureroses.com
- Vintage Gardens, Sebastopol, California, (707) 829-2035.