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Rose

Rosa 'Albéric Barbier'

Rose 'Albé, Ric Barbier'

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Albéric Barbier is a vigorous rambling rose with glossy green foliage. The fragrant double flowers are creamy white with a lemon centre. Albéric Barbier flowers in early to mid-summer and produces attractive red to purple rose hips in autumn. They can be grown in a container and trained to climb a trellis, making an attractive climbing flower. It will only flower once a season.

Planning

Difficulty
Moderate
Flowering time
Summer
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

Roses can be harvested throughout the growing season. It is best to harvest in the early mornings before the heat of the day. Use sharp, clean secateurs and cut the stems at an angle just above an active bud.

Propagation

Suckers
Budding in summer. For budding, excise a single vegetative bud on a stem and attach it to the stem of the rootstock.
Cuttings
Take hardwood cuttings from firm young stems with some leaves in Autumn. Make 1-2.5 cm vertical slits through the bark near the base. Place in pots of moist sand or potting soil to root.
Layering
'Albéric Barbier' can be propagated by tip-layering or air-layering.

Special features

Attracts useful insects
Bees and butterflies are attracted to the flowers.
Pot plant
Roses make beautiful container plants, provide support, good drainage and make sure the container is large enough, at least 1 m wide.
Attractive flowers
'Albéric Barbier' has apricot-yellow buds that open to medium-sized, cream coloured flowers with a light yellow center, and quickly fade to white with a hint of lemony yellow. They have an average diameter of 8 cm, 9 to 16 petals, and a strong fruity fragrance. The flowers appear mostly solitary or in small clusters in an opulent single flush in early summer. The bloom form is globular and quartered, the filling can vary from semi-double to more densely filled, resembling tea roses.

Geography

Origin
Bred in France in 1900
Natural climate
Temperate

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Uses

Edible
Rose hips are occasionally made into jam, jelly, marmalade, and soup or are brewed for tea, primarily for their high vitamin C content. They are also pressed and filtered to make rose hip syrup. Rose water has a very distinctive flavour and is used heavily in Middle Eastern, Persian, and South Asian cuisine, especially in sweets such as barfi, baklava, halva, gulab jamun, gumdrops, kanafeh, nougat, and Turkish delight. Rose petals or flower buds are sometimes used to flavour ordinary tea, or combined with other herbs to make herbal teas.
Ornamental
'Albèric Barbier' is a robust plant, useful for covering fences or unsightly walls, it needs support.
Perfume
Rose perfumes are made from rose oil (also called attar of roses), which is a mixture of volatile essential oils obtained by steam distilling the crushed petals of roses.

Personality

Family
Rosaceae
Flower colour
, White, Cream
Scent
Strong

Problems

It is generally disease resistant, but can be susceptible to mildew.
Powdery mildew
Powdery mildew
Erysiphaceae

Companion plants

Members of the onion family such as chives, ornamental alliums, and edible onions, are rumored to increase the perfume of roses, ward off aphids, and prevent black spot. Scented geraniums (Pelargonium), rue (Ruta), feverfew (T anacetum), parsley (Petroselinum), and thyme (Thymus) all may help ward off Japanese beetles and aphids. Marigolds (Tagetes) may also repel pests and encourage growth. Try ornamental and culinary sage (Salvia), anise-hyssop (Agastache), Russian-sage (Perovskia), lavender (Lavandula), yarrow (Achillea), oregano (Origanum), catmint (Nepeta) and calamint (Calamintha). Oddly enough, tomatoes allegedly prevent black spot, but not many people will be inclined to combine roses and tomatoes. Lavender (Lavandula) and catmint (Nepeta) are good at keeping rabbits away. Yarrow (Achillea) may attract ladybugs who in turn feed on aphids. Remember to plant rose companions at least 30 cm away from your roses so that you do not disturb their roots.

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