History of Cabaret Roses:
The hybrid tea rose Cabaret was first bred in 1992 in France by Louis Laperriere. Laperriere is a popular rose breeder in France who is credited with several outstanding types of roses. The parentage of this rose is not available at this time however one look at the blooms will tell you everything you need to know about this stunning rose. With its white blooms with deep red edges, this is one of those roses that will find itself at home in virtually any rose garden.
The blooms on Cabaret roses will be typical for a hybrid tea and will range in size from 4 inches to about 5 inches across. Like most hybrid tea roses, this one is also a repeat bloomer so with proper care you will be rewarded with multiple flushes over the course of a single growing season. The growing conditions for the rose Cabaret are typical of other roses and if you live in zones 6 or warmer, you should have no trouble growing this variety of rose with success.
Growing Cabaret Roses:
Growing the rose Cabaret is not a big challenge and if you have any prior experience growing roses, then you should find this one a breeze. The most important thing you will have to do for your rose is decide where in the garden to grow it. Roses tend to do better with as much sun light as you can provide them. While you can certainly find varieties that are tolerant of partial shade, they will rarely perform as well as they would in full sun. Try to select a location that gets at least 6 to 8 hours each day of direct sun light.
You also will want to grow your Cabaret roses in soil that drains well. This is pretty easy to accomplish with commercially available soil mixes, or you can mix your own. A good inexpensive soil mix is to use organic compost in with your garden soil at a ratio of 1 part compost for every 2 parts soil. This is a great overall mix and roses especially love it. It’s also a good idea to select a location that exposes your rose Cabaret to the natural air currents through your garden. This will help keep the leaves dry and the plant healthy.
Planting Cabaret Roses:
Getting your rose Cabaret into the ground is pretty simple and straight forward, but there are a few basic steps you should follow. If you bought your rose from a local nursery then chances are it was already planted in a container. These are the easiest to plant. Dig your hole at least twice the diameter of the container and equally as deep. This will keep the bud union at its current depth while giving you plenty of room around the roots for your soil mix.
If you bought your Cabaret roses from an online retailer on the other hand, they could have sent them to you as bareroot plants, which is not uncommon. You should first the roots of these overnight in a bucket of room temperature water, prior to planting day. Then dig your hole as wide as the longest roots, and deep enough to allow you to set the plant atop a mound of soil while keeping the bud union no more than an inch or two below the surface.
Once you have your rose Cabaret set in place on the mound, spread the roots out in all directions and then back fill the hole about halfway to start, using your soil mix. Take the garden hose and water the loose soil heavily until it flows around the roots like mud, then you can fill the hole the rest of the way. Give it one last deep watering and top off any final settling that may occur. Do not tamp the soil down.
This method should ensure that no air pockets have formed around the roots. Depending on how hot your weather is around planting time, you may want to mound up some fresh mulch around the exposed canes of the plant to help prevent them from drying out while new growth is forming. At which time you can remove the mulch back to ground level.
Caring for Cabaret Roses:
Taking care of the rose Cabaret is fairly easy and once again, any prior experience growing roses will certainly come in handy. The biggest thing you will need to worry about is how much moisture your roses are getting. For most mild climates you will want to give them one deep watering per week. If you live in a hot or dry region, you may want to check them every couple of days.
You also can give your Cabaret roses a dose of a granular all-purpose fertilizer in the spring when the leaves start to sprout. This will give your roses a great jump on the season. Like most hybrid tea roses, this one is also a repeat bloomer so it will benefit nicely from a few additional feedings over the growing season. I will usually give my roses a second feeding right after the first big bloom, and then a third feeding sometime around the middle of the summer to encourage late season flushes. Your rose Cabaret should do well on this schedule also.
Pruning Cabaret Roses:
You should prune your rose Cabaret in the very early spring when the weather breaks, but before the leaves begin to form. This makes it much easier to see what you are doing. Start by removing all the dead leaves and debris from the plant and set your cuttings aside. Next, prune back any lateral canes that overlap one another as the leaves will ultimately compete for sun light when they open. Lastly, give the remaining canes a cut back by about one third of their current height.
This is also the time to clean up around the base of your Cabaret roses and get rid of all the dead leaves and debris that may have collected there. Throw away all of this material in the trash, along with your cuttings. Never let dead matter lay around your roses. Finish up your pruning by giving your rose Cabaret a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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