5 years to reach maturity
This plant has a strong fragrance
Albertine is richly fragrant, and has loosely double, light pink blooms in early summer. Reddish-salmon buds open to large, loosely double, light pink blooms with some of the character of a Hybrid Tea rose. They have a wonderfully strong, rich fruity fragrance. Its growth is branching and bushy, with small dark green leaves. Attractive red to purple rose hips are produced in autumn. They make attractive climbing plants, making a great hedge screen or a container plant. Note, Albertine flowers only once a season.
Pests: Aphids, leafhoppers, glasshouse red spider mite, scale insects, caterpillars and rose leaf-rolling sawfly may be a problem. Rabbits and deer can cause damage. Diseases: black spot, rose rust, powdery mildews and downy mildew.
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.
Pick rose petals early in the morning by holding the rose stem with one hand, gathering the petals together and pulling them off. For cut flowers, cut 15 cm below the bud before the flower is fully mature. Flowers last longer if they are harvested in the early mornings.
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.
Budding in summer. For budding, excise a single vegetative bud on a stem and attach it to the stem of the rootstock.
Sow seeds after cold stratification, either in Spring or in Winter to be outside during the cold.
Albertine roses can be grown in a container as long as it is adequately pruned and is provided with freeze protection.
Perfect for training over an arch, pergola or along a wall.
When in flower, Albertine is a mass of pink flowers and makes a big statement.
The flowers are edible and can be made into jams, jellies, syrups, pies, teas, wine, tossed into salads, candied to decorate cakes, or distilled to make rose water.