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How to Care for William Baffin Roses

By Kelly Shetsky
Fertilize, mulch and water William Baffin roses for best growth and biggest blooms.

William Baffin rose is a modern, bush-like rose. It's very tough and cold hardy, suitable for growing in cold regions (USDA zones 3 through 9) where other roses cannot survive. Although it's a shrub rose, the long arching canes make it suitable as a climber. William Baffin rose plants typically grow 8 to 12 feet tall. The blooms grow in clusters and boast a pink color, with a small bit of white in the center. After planting this rose, it is important to follow up with care to prolong the life of the plant and create bright, beautiful blooms.

Grow William Baffin roses in well-drained soil in the full sun. The plants need at least six to eight hours of sunlight daily, preferably in the morning. Add pea gravel or organic matter to the soil if it doesn't drain well.

Water the roses when the top 1 to 2 inches of soil is dry. Give it a deep watering, letting the water saturate a foot deep. While overhead sprinkling is easy, the roses will be healthier if you don't wet the leaves. Water in the morning so the leaves can dry by the evening.

Feed William Baffin roses with a blend similar to 5-10-5 or 4-12-4 in the spring. You also can use other garden solutions such as 8-8-8 or 12-12-12. Give each bush 1/4 cup and scratch it into the soil surface. Water afterward to help it get to the roots. Fertilize every six weeks.

Spread 2 to 3 inches of mulch around the base of each plant. Keep it 6 inches away from the canes. Use wood bark. aged sawdust or other organic materials. Placing a few sheets of newspaper under the mulch increases the effects of mulching. Don’t place mulch against the stem; keep it about 6 inches away.

Remove dead, damaged or weak canes in the spring. Cut off branches that cross or rub each other to improve circulation. Take off suckers that grow from the rootstock because they steal nutrients from the rest of the plant.

Dead head William Baffin roses twice a week as the blooms fade and die. Cut the blooms back to an outward-facing five-leaflet leaf at the top of the plant.

 

Things You Will Need

  • Pea gravel or organic matter
  • Water
  • Fertilizer
  • Mulch (wood bark, aged sawdust, or other organic material)
  • Pruning shears

About the Author

 

Based in New York State, Kelly Shetsky started writing in 1999. She is a broadcast journalist-turned Director of Marketing and Public Relations and has experience researching, writing, producing and reporting. She writes for several websites, specializing in gardening, medical, health and fitness, entertainment and travel. Shetsky has a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Marist College.