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ROSE CARE FOR OCTOBER
IT IS NEVER TOO EARLY TO GET READY FOR ROSE SEASON
by Lydia Treadway, Master Rosarian

The time is coming to purchase bare root roses for next season. Buy grade #1 Roses. Rose heaven: plant in rich, well-drained soil, temperature not hot or cold, water, mulch, mulch, mulch.

Hybrid Tea (HT): Most people are familiar with, large flowered with long stemmed usually one bloom on stem roses. HTs are repeat bloomers (Brigadoon, Black magic, Brandy, Cajun Sunrise, Olympiad, Touch of Class…).

Floribundas (F): Free blooming shrubby rose with flowers borne in clusters. Great landscape plants in height from two to five feet. (Brass Band, Blueberry Hill, Angel Face, Betty Boop, Easy Going, French Lace, First Kiss, Europeana…)

Grandifloras (GR): Vigorous growing roses reaching six to eight feet in height.

The blooms are generally in clusters. This is descended from crosses between hybrid teas and floribundas. They have great blooms and the production of Floribundas (Gold Medal, Queen Elizabeth, Tournament of Roses, Love, New Year, Sonia…)

Standard Roses: Commonly know as tree roses, are either hybrid teas, floribundas or grandifloras that have been grafted on to a “tree’ stock.

Miniatures: A class of roses that is growing faster than all the others combined. Miniatures have all the attributes of either of hybrid tea (single bloom per stem) or a floribunda (trusses of blooms in a miniature size). These plants are grown on their own root. (Beauty Secret, Holy Toledo, Jean Kenneally. Rise ‘n’ Shine, Rainbow’s End….)

Climbers:Climbers need to have support to climb. Many climbers are repeat bloomers. (American Pillar, Pearly Gates, Polka, Wasteland, Forth of July…)

Old Garden Roses: Roses that existed before 1867 before the introduction of HT Alba, Bourbon, China, Damask, Tea, Hybrid Perpetual, Portland are some classes.


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A YEAR OF ROSE CARE:

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