History of Black Cherry Roses:
The rose Black Cherry is a rather popular floribunda rose that was only introduced to the market back in 2006. This rose was bred in the United States by Dr. Keith Zary who has worked for Jackson & Perkins since 1985 and is responsible for over four hundred thousand varieties of roses that are grown in the many greenhouses and gardens in the company's research areas.
Dr. Zary is also credited as being only the second breeder from the United States to win both the Gold Medal Award and the President's International Trophy from the Royal National Rose Society.
Black Cherry roses have a very distinguished parentage with the seed borne from the offspring of an Esprit rose and a Razzle Dazzle rose, and the pollen plant the offspring of the Esprit rose and the Tournament of Roses. Neither the seed nor the pollen parent were ever patented roses, however their registration names are JACazle and JACgloru respectively.
The rose Black Cherry is part of Jackson & Perkins New Generation Roses Collection and this deep crimson red floribunda can be found for sale commercially across the United States.
Growing Black Cherry Roses:
The rose Black Cherry is a very good rose for beginning and novice rose growers alike because it tends to be very tolerant of many growing conditions. This rose is very resistant to diseases and is also unusually tolerant to hot climates. It has only a mild fragrance but it looks wonderful in a bouquet and is often grown for cut flower arrangements.
The blooms tend to be average in size, about 3 to 3.5 inches across, and the plant itself tends to stay a little more compact than other varieties, only growing to a height of about 3 to 4 feet tall. The blooms on Black Cherry roses are not overly full, only containing about 15 to 25 petals however this variety is a repeat bloomer and will keep giving you blooms all season long.
Planting Black Cherry Roses:
Planting your rose Black Cherry is pretty simple and just about anyone can do it with little more than a few hand tools. Before you start digging, I highly recommend that you take a trip to the local garden center and pick up a bag of a nice organic compost. This stuff is usually inexpensive and is available just about everywhere.
Once you dig your hole, put the loose soil into a wheel barrow and mix it with the compost at a ratio of 1 part compost for every 2 parts of soil. This will create a great mix that is rich in nutrients and your roses will love it.
How you plant your Black Cherry roses depends in part on how you ordered them. If you ordered them online, then chances are you got them as bareroot roses and planting them is a little different than planting container roses.
You have to start out by digging the hole large enough to fit the roots that the plant came with. You also will need to dig the hole deep enough so that you can mound up soil in the center of the hole and maintain the bud union depth at around an inch or two. This will be slightly shallower if you live in a warmer climate, and slightly deeper if you live in a cold climate.
Set your bareroot rose Black Cherry into the hole at the proper depth and then back fill only about halfway to start with. Then give the loose soil a nice thorough watering until it is almost like the consistency of mud. Afterwards, back fill the rest of the way and then water it heavily again. Top off any settling with more of your soil mix.
What you are doing is ensuring that the roots are being evenly covered and there are no air pockets.
If you bought a container rose from one of the local nurseries, then the roots are already established so planting is much easier. I will generally dig a hole for container plants that is twice the diameter of the container, and the same depth. This give plenty of room for the new soil mix but it also maintains the current depth of the bud union.
Caring for Black Cherry Roses:
Your rose Black Cherry requires the same standard care as most roses. You need to make sure that it has the proper amount of moisture without overwatering. A good rule of thumb for most climates is one deep watering every week however if you live in an unusually warmer climate then you will need to water a little more often.
You also should consider giving your Black Cherry roses a nice granular all-purpose rose food in early spring when the leaves start to open up. Remember too that this variety will bloom continuously throughout the entire season so you can give it another dose of fertilizer when the first big bloom starts to form. Another feeding can be given around the middle of summer to promote additional flushes.
Pruning Black Cherry Roses:
Pruning your rose Black Cherry is very easy and only takes a few minutes in the early spring before the leaves form. Begin by removing any dead canes, or any that look like they may be diseased. This is also a good time clean up any leaves and debris around the base of the plant. Never let decaying matter lay around as this could be an invitation for pests and diseases.
The next step is to start cleaning up the lateral canes. These are the smaller ones that shoot off of the thick main canes. Prune back any laterals that overlap one another, keeping the one that looks the healthiest. If you need one to grow in a certain direction, prune it back to a bud that faces the direction you'd like it to grow.
Lastly, cut back the remaining main canes on you Black Cherry roses about one third of the way. Sometimes in the colder regions you may need to prune them back halfway or so for them to do well the following season.
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