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Discussion id : 119-786
most recent 5 JUL SHOW ALL
Initial post 10 JAN 20 by jeffbee
I need help on this rose....
I got it in august in beijing with hot summer. it grows very light green and small leaves, and also does not flower at all....
the canes are very thin.but according to the pic others shared, the leaves should be dark green and big, and the remontance should be good.
I grow it with other 50 varieties together, only this one behaves weird...
Reply #1 of 3 posted 15 JUN by StrawChicago Alkaline clay 5a
I have Munstead Wood for 6 years as own-root. My Munstead Wood has more blooms than the rose park's grafted-on-Dr.Huey, so it does better as own-root. It likes alkaline minerals. I almost killed it when I put too much acidic gypsum to break up my alkaline clay, and had to replace the soil with bagged alkaline clay before it pumped out 40+ blooms per flush. It needs high potassium fertilizer before the scent can be maximized. Potassium helps with thicker stems and more blooming. I use sulfate of potash with my alkaline tap water, but if I have too much acidic rain, I soak high-potassium-pea gravel into acidic rain water to supply potassium.
Reply #2 of 3 posted 4 JUL by jeffbee
Reply #3 of 3 posted 5 JUL by StrawChicago Alkaline clay 5a
Calcium & potassium are also in bio char, or half-burnt wood-ash. I burn tree branches, then throw water on top so instead of getting white ash, I get black charred wood. Munstead Wood likes bio char (pH over 12) after week-long of acidic rain (pH 4.5) here.
Discussion id : 119-815
most recent 1 MAY SHOW ALL
Initial post 15 JAN 20 by HeathRose
This rose keeps putting out many blooms despite not being very happy in my acidic soil (leaves show signs of deficiency) - though he appears to be healthier with every application of lime. Unfortunately instead of the rich dark red/burgundy colour I was expecting, the flowers are a very bright pink to magenta (though pretty it means I will probably move it to another border where it doesn’t clash with the peach and burgundy colours I put it near) But the biggest disappointment is that the flowers have no scent for me. This rose is praised so highly I am very happy to put all of these flaws down to the soil acidity, and our exceptionally hot summer (I’m in the Blue Mountains NSW and we have had a record breaking heat wave and drought not to mention the bushfires). Other people have commented on the colour being effected by heat so maybe the autumn bloom will be darker? Despite these conditions other roses in the same bed are much healthier looking and fragrant (Lady of Shalott and Jude the Obscure) so perhaps Munstead Wood is just a little fussier and may not be the best rose for very hot summers. I’m new to this so, any tips would be appreciated.
Reply #1 of 2 posted 28 JAN by Magnus95
I don't think this is a rose for hot climates, in England the colour is a very rich, dark Burgandy and the fragrance is heavenly. Maybe consider moving it to a shadier location?
Reply #2 of 2 posted 1 MAY by HeathRose
Thank you Magnus - I am going to do that this winter.
Discussion id : 115-352
most recent 26 OCT 19 SHOW ALL
Initial post 13 FEB 19 by Nola Z5a WI
Informational -David Austin Roses lists Munstead Wood as zone 5-11.
Reply #1 of 1 posted 26 OCT 19 by AZ rose garden
David Austin’s actually do very well in heat. There is a David Austin rose farm here in central arizona, and there is another in Texas that distribute across the US. I have 8 that have done very well in my garden and have several more new ones I am getting ready to plant this fall. That all being said, Munstead Wood was a VERY slow grower for me. Now almost a full 2 years in my garden he has started to take off and grow more and is putting out blooms pretty consistently. He seems to follow the sleep, creep, leap growth progress. I purchased directly from the DA website as an own root.
Discussion id : 116-059
most recent 4 APR 19 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 4 APR 19 by Planetrj (zone 11b/H2 pH 5.8)
It’s a stunner. Very full, dimensional “puff balls” a little smaller than a tennis ball. The medium sized (4”) flowers appear to have 200 petals (though I’m sure it’s less), and it seems to gradually open one flower at a time, truly extending out the flush time of this VERY floribunda influenced specimen. The coloration is a cross between Plum/wine and antique red velvet. Does excellent in humidity and rain. Flowers last 2-3 days and shatter cleanly. Resists BS keenly. No problem seen with Mildew or rust and I average 120” of rain per year. No spray needed for this one. Fast remontancy after pruning. Likes to stay shapely and round, 3’ tall, 3’ wide. Well behaved short canes and short floribunda stems. Very striking appearance, and the flowers definitely stand out. Flowers could be confused with a Zinnia, due to the shape and rounded appearance.

Fragrance is not rose scent. It has a very strong myrrh, raspberry, and notes of cedar in combination. Not a common fragrance like Tiffany, Oklahoma or the likes. This fragrance beckons scents of the old world, though scent does burn off faster than many (by noon on a really warm day). However, it loves to bloom, so there will be plenty of opportunity to enjoy the fragrance. Just enjoy it in the morning.

I’d have to say it’s one of the best Austin’s I’ve grown so far. Beats out Graham Thomas for fragrance, form and disease resistance (though different color/growing habit).
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