To keep my favorite rose ‘Rose de Resht’ healthy and beguile me with many flowers until autumn, I cut back the more often blooming rose every year in the spring. The cut is very easy!
My first encounter with the rose ‘Rose de Resht’ left a lasting impression on me. No, the historical rose lady had not beguiled me with her fragrance. But with her thorns mighty scratched the arm! What I found of course not very friendly. The second contact went much better. Because now I knew that her many spines are not “without” and kept a proper distance. And then: her scent drifted over to me and clouded my brain: it was love at second sight.
Of course, a ‘Rose de Resht’ soon moved into my garden. I am still very much taken with its crimson double flowers, which open here and there after the main bloom until autumn – which is rare with historic roses.
‘Rose de Resht’ is a robust rose. It grows to a compact height of 100 to 120 centimeters with regular pruning. In my home, it shines and smells great in the perennial bed – surrounded by lady’s mantle, cranesbill and bergenia. The Damascus rose can also be integrated into the garden in the form of a hedge. You should keep a distance of one meter between the plants. You can also plant them in large containers. These should have a height of at least 50 cm, because roses are deep-rooted!
An annual pruning will keep ‘Rose de Resht’ young and beautiful!
Three years after it moved into my allotment, I started rejuvenating my ‘Rose de Resht’ every spring at flowering time of the forsythia. I’m not squeamish about it, because it doesn’t resent heavy pruning. On the contrary, a courageous intervention motivates the historical rose to produce many strong, young shoots and large flowers. But you should not overdo it either…in the end, pruning is shaped by experience and feeling.
Before I start thinning out the shrub, I remove all dead branches at the base. I then cut back any shoots that are growing inward or rubbing against each other. Once that’s done, I clip a few older, vigorous branches, and then a few younger shoots. I either cut them just above the ground or take them away with scissors at a higher or lower fork in alternation. This gradually creates a loose branch framework from which new shoots will sprout at each level over the next few weeks. In this way, the woody plant does not become bare, even at the lower level. Finally, I cut off the remaining dried flowers. Not only because they look unsightly, but also attract pathogens.
This is how a ‘Rose de Resht’ does well!
‘Rose de Resht’ is one of the few rose varieties that thrives not only in the sun, but also in partial shade. If you fertilize it twice a year (in spring with horse manure, in summer with a rose fertilizer), cut off the withered regularly and water it in dry periods, it will give you a sensual flower fragrance until the first frosty days.