History of Betty Boop Roses:
The Betty Boop was first bred in the United States by Tom Carruth who is one of the leading rose hybridizers in America. He created this beauty by crossing a Playboy rose with the Picasso rose, both of which are floribundas as well. The result was a truly stunning rose that has red and white petals and a strong fragrance that is fruity in nature. The blooms on the Betty Boop are of a nice size, averaging about 4 inches in diameter.
Betty Boop roses are commercially available and tend to be somewhat compact bushes when fully grown. They are typically maintained to a height of anywhere from 3 to 5 feet tall with a spread about 3 to 4 feet across.
The Betty Boop is most often used as a border or bed rose and because of its amazing fragrance, it is also commonly grown for cut flower arrangements. Rest assured this red and white rose is sure to be an eye catcher no matter what location you decide to grow it in.
Growing Betty Boop Roses:
The Betty Boop is not quite as hardy to cold temperatures as some varieties, but you can grow this one without too many worries in zones 6 through 10. This rose is a repeat bloomer so while it may survive in shady spots, it certainly will not perform as well as a location in which it gets full sun. I suggest you pick a location where it can get a minimum of 6 to 8 hours each day of direct sun light.
You also should take care to find a location where your Betty Boop roses have soil that is well drained. So few of us are actually blessed with the perfect loam however there are plenty of ways you can correct soil imbalance. One of the easiest ways is to use a nice organic compost. Read on to the next section for more information about that.
Since the Betty Boop is a more compact rose, it lends itself pretty well to container growing. You could place this looker on your porch or patio with a little extra care. Just make sure that you monitor the moisture level more closely if you grow the Betty Boop in a container because plants dry out much faster than if they were in the ground.
Planting Betty Boop Roses:
Planting your Betty Boop is easy and straight forward and all you need are a few basic hand tools to get the job done. Before you start digging however, it is worth your time to take a trip to the local garden center to pick up a bag of organic compost. Usually this stuff is inexpensive and boy does it do wonders for your plants.
If you received your Betty Boop as a bareroot rose, then you will need to dig a hole that is wide enough to fit all of the roots the plant has. You don’t want to have to force the roots into the hole. Also, make sure that you dig the hole deep enough so that you can mound up the soil in the center and have the bud union about an inch or two below the surface of the soil.
You will want to mound up some soil in the center so that you can spread out the roots and angle them downward. This helps them grow and establish better and more quickly. Take your organic compost and mix it with your freshly dug soil at a ratio of 2 parts soil to 1 part compost. This is really a great amendment for just about any soil.
Back fill your hole about halfway and then water it heavily until the loose soil is almost the consistency of mud. Then you can go ahead and back fill the rest of the way and give it one more heavy watering. What you are doing is ensuring that the soil fills in evenly around the roots and no air pockets have formed that could potentially damage the roots of your Betty Boop roses.
If you picked up your Betty Boop at a local nursery, then it probably came in a 2 or 3 gallon container already established. These are even easier to plant. I usually dig my hole about twice the diameter of the container my plants came in, and equally as deep. This will ensure that the bud union maintains the same depth. Back fill your hole and water it thoroughly, making sure to top off any settling with fresh soil.
Caring for Betty Boop Roses:
Taking care of your Betty Boop is easy enough and there really are not any special requirements that you have to adhere to. Just follow normal rose gardening care for this variety. Make sure that your roses get plenty of water, but do not over water them. A good rule of thumb is one deep watering each week. If you live in an arid or hot climate, you can step it up to every 4 to 5 days if needed.
When you do water your Betty Boop roses, try to avoid watering them from the top down if possible. This could lead to the leaves staying wet for long periods of time and may invite pests and diseases to your plant.
As this is a repeat bloomer, you can give your Betty Boop its first feeding in early spring with a good all purpose granular rose food. A second feeding can be applied just as the first big bloom starts to develop. A third feeding is often given around the middle of summer to help encourage additional blooms. Try to leave about 4 weeks in between each feeding.
Pruning Betty Boop Roses:
Pruning should always be done in early spring before the leaves start to form. Begin by removing any canes that are dead or diseased and dispose of them. This is also a good time to clean up and leaves and debris from the base of the plant. Never let decaying matter linger around the base of your roses as this could also bring diseases and pests to your plants.
Cut back any remaining canes to roughly one third of their original height. If you live in a colder region, often times you have to prune back to about one half of their height instead. You can also prune any lateral canes that overlap one another as these will eventually compete for sunlight when the leaves form.
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