History of Brittanys Glowing Star Roses:
The rose Brittanys Glowing Star was first discovered in 1999 in Canada by Jim Pazdzierski. This gorgeous amber – orange miniature rose is actually a sport of the Glowing Amber rose. The blooms on this rose will be about 2 inches in diameter and will have very little fragrance if any. The blooms will however tend to be quite full, having as many as 40 petals on each one.
Brittanys Glowing Star roses will grow a little larger than most of the types of miniature roses that you are probably used to seeing. This particular variety will reach heights up to 30 inches tall. It is still well suited for container growing however, which is often the preferred method of growing miniature roses. The rose Brittanys Glowing Star will thrive in zones 6 and warmer and you can also make it the centerpiece of a small flower bed or garden.
Growing Brittanys Glowing Star Roses:
Like most miniature roses, the rose Brittanys Glowing Star is a vigorous grower and a repeat bloomer. If you want to get the most out of your roses, you should try and select a location that gets a lot of sunlight, preferably the morning sun. A good rule of thumb is to provide at least 6 to 8 hours a day of full sun for maximum performance. Many varieties will grow in partial shade, but they will not produce near as many blooms, so select your growing location accordingly.
Brittanys Glowing Star roses also will want soil that drains well. This is an easy thing to take care of if you are growing your rose in containers, but it can sometimes be tricky if you are planting them in a flower bed. If you are not sure about the quality of your garden soil, do yourself a favor and take a trip to your local garden center and pick up a bag of organic compost before you do your planting. Mix the compost in with the soil at a ratio of 1 part compost for every 2 parts soil. This is a great mix for most plants and your rose Brittanys Glowing Star will absolutely love it as well.
Planting Brittanys Glowing Star Roses:
Getting your rose Brittanys Glowing Star into the ground is not all that difficult, but it does depend a little on where and how you purchased your rose. If you bought one from a local nursery, then chances are it was already planted in a container and ready to bloom. These are the easiest to plant. All you need to do is dig yourself a hole that is at least twice the diameter of the container, and equally as deep. That will give you ample room around the roots for your soil mix, while still keeping the bud union at the same depth.
If you bought your Brittanys Glowing Star roses online, then they may have shipped them to you as bareroot plants. These are not as intimidating as they may look to some growers. You should soak these overnight in a bucket of lukewarm water prior to planting day to help rehydrate the roots. Then dig the hole as wide as the longest roots on the plant, and deep enough to allow you to set your rose Brittanys Glowing Star atop a mound of soil and still keep the bud union an inch or two below the surface.
Once you have your rose in place, spread the roots out in all directions around the mound and back fill the hole halfway to start, using your soil mix. Take your garden hose and water the loose soil heavily until it flows around the roots like mud, then go ahead and back fill the hole the rest of the way. Make sure to top off any final settling that may occur. This method should ensure that no air pockets have formed around the roots. You may want to consider mounding up some fresh mulch around the exposed canes until new growth has formed. This will help prevent the plant from drying out.
Caring for Brittanys Glowing Star Roses:
Taking care of the rose Brittanys Glowing Star is pretty straight forward and you can follow standard rose care guidelines. You will need to make sure that your rose bush has ample water, especially after planting, but you also need to make sure that you do not over-water it. A good rule of thumb here is to provide one deep watering every week unless you live in a hot or dry climate.
Brittanys Glowing Star roses will do very well with a dose of a good all-purpose granular fertilizer in the early spring when the leaves begin to form. Since this is a repeat bloomer like most other types of miniature roses, you should give it a couple other feedings over the course of the growing season. I will typically give my roses a second dose right after the first big bloom, and then a third dose sometime around the middle of the summer to encourage additional blooms later in the season. Your rose Brittanys Glowing Star will do very well on this schedule also.
Pruning Brittanys Glowing Star Roses:
You should always prune the rose Brittanys Glowing Star in the early spring before the leaves begin to open. This makes it much easier for you to see what you are doing. Begin by cutting out all the dead wood, along with any canes that are discolored. Next, prune back any overlapping lateral canes as these will compete with one another for sun light when the leaves fully open. Lastly, give the remaining canes a cut back about one third of their current height to promote new growth.
This is also a great time to rake up around the base of your Brittanys Glowing Star roses. Throw away all the dead leaves and debris in the trash, along with your cuttings. Never let this material lay around or throw them in the compost bin. Finish up by giving your rose Brittanys Glowing Star a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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