Carnival Glass Roses

History of Carnival Glass Roses:

The rose Carnival Glass was first bred in 1979 in the United States by Ernest Williams.  Williams was a well known rose breeder out of Texas who was best known for his work with breeding miniature roses.  Carnival Glass was created by crossing a seedling plant with the rose Over the Rainbow.  The results was a cute little yellow-orange colored miniature rose.

Carnival Glass roses will grow around 24 inches tall and will produce fairly substantial little orange blooms with yellow centers.  While the blooms have a very mild fragrance, they will be quite full, containing as many as 38 petals per bloom.  Like most varieties of miniature roses, Carnival Glass is a vigorous grower that blooms in multiple flushes throughout the growing season.  This variety is equally suited to flower beds or containers and it will make a wonderful addition to your porch or patio.  This rose will do very well in zones 6 through 9.

Growing Carnival Glass Roses:

Growing the rose Carnival Glass is much the same as growing other types of roses.  You need to make sure that you provide it with ample sun light if you are hoping to get a lot of blooms out of the plant.  A good rule of thumb for most roses is to give them at least 6 to 8 hours each day of direct sun light.  Most roses can survive in partial shade, but you will often find that they do not produce near as many blooms as those exposed to sun light all day long.

You should also make sure that the soil you are growing your Carnival Glass roses in drains well.  This is not really an issue for miniature roses that are grown in containers as they tend to dry out quicker and you can choose the proper potting soil to grow them in.  If you are growing the rose Carnival Glass in a flower bed however, you will need to take this into account.  If you are unsure about the quality of your garden soil, do yourself a favor and take a trip to the local garden center and buy a bag of a good organic compost.  Mix the compost into your soil at a ratio of 1 part compost for every 2 parts soil.  This is a great overall growing mix and I have found my roses absolutely love it.

Planting Carnival Glass Roses:

Getting your rose Carnival Glass into the ground is pretty easy and anyone can get the job done with a few basic hand tools.  How you go about planting your roses does depend a little bit on how you purchased them.  If you bought them from a local nursery, then there’s a good chance they were already established in containers.  These are the easiest to plant.  Dig yourself a hole that is at least twice the diameter of the container, and equally as deep.  This will give you plenty of room for your soil mix while still keeping the bud union at its current depth.

If you bought your Carnival Glass roses online, then they may have shipped them to you as bareroots plants.  You should first soak these overnight in a bucket of room temperature water prior to planting day.  Then dig the hole as wide as the longest roots on the plant, and deep enough to allow you to set the plant atop a mound of soil and still keep the bud union only an inch or two below the surface.

Once you have your rose Carnival Glass set in place, spread the roots out in all directions around the mound and then back fill the hole halfway to start using your soil mix.  Give the loose soil a heavy watering until it flows around the roots like mud, then back fill the hole the rest of the way.  Give it one more heavy watering, being sure to top off any final settling that may have occurred.  This method should ensure that no air pockets have formed around the roots.

You also may want to mound up some fresh mulch around the exposed canes until new growth has formed.  This will help prevent them from drying out while the new roots are forming.

Caring for Carnival Glass Roses:

Taking care of the rose Carnival Glass is not much different from the other roses you may be growing.  You will need to make sure that you are providing enough water for the plant to keep up with its bloom cycles, but you also need to be careful that you are not overwatering it.  Typically for most climates one deep watering per week is sufficient unless it is unusually hot or dry.  If you are growing your roses in containers, you will need to check them every couple of days to make sure they are not running dry for too long.

You should also give your Carnival Glass roses a dose of a good all-purpose granular fertilizer in the early spring when the leaves start to bud out.  Like most miniature roses, Carnival Glass is a repeat bloomer so you can give it a couple additional feedings over the course of the growing season.  I will typically give my roses a second feeding right after the first big bloom, and then a third feeding sometime around the middle of the summer.  Your rose Carnival Glass should do well on this schedule as well.

Pruning Carnival Glass Roses:

You should always prune your rose Carnival Glass in the early spring before the leaves form so that you can easily see what you are doing.  Start by removing all the dead wood, along with any discolored canes.  Then prune back any overlapping lateral canes as these will ultimately compete for sun light once the leaves fully open.  Last, give any remaining canes a cut back by about one third of their current height to encourage new growth.

This is also a great time to clean up around the base of your Carnival Glass roses and get rid of all the dead leaves and debris that may have collected there.  Throw all this material away in the trash along with your cuttings.  Never let decaying matter lay around your roses as they can easily turn into breeding grounds for various pests and diseases.  Finish up by giving your rose Carnival Glass a fresh layer of mulch to start off the growing season.



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