History of Charming Roses:
The rose Charming was first bred in 1995 in Denmark by l. Pernille & Mogens Olesen. This little red beauty was created by crossing the rose POUlvic with a generic seedling. The result is a truly versatile miniature rose that produces small little red blooms that average only an inch and a half in diameter. This rose is a great choice for a container rose to set out on your porch or patio.
Charming roses will only grow 8 to 15 inches tall at full maturity, making them a favorite among purest miniature rose growers. For such a small bloom, the roses on this beauty are somewhat full and will contain as many as 30 petals per bloom. Like most other miniature roses this variety is a fairly vigorous grower and it is also a repeat bloomer, meaning you will get multiple flushes throughout the entire growing season if you care for this rose properly. The rose Charming will do well in zones 6 or warmer.
Growing Charming Roses:
Growing the rose Charming is not all that difficult and its short size makes it extremely easy to care for and maintain. You should try to select a location for this rose that gets a lot of sun light, if you are hoping for a lot of blooms that is. This is pretty easy if you grow it in a container, but it’s a real consideration if you are planting this rose into a flower bed in your garden. While the plant can survive in partial shade, you will find its performance to be lackluster.
You should also take care to grow your Charming roses in soil that drains well and doesn’t keep the roots soaking wet for overly long periods of time. Roses that stay wet for too long tend to become very unhealthy and can become infected with all kinds of pests and diseases, especially blackspot. This is not usually a concern if you are growing the rose Charming in a container as you can just choose the proper growing mix. If you are growing this rose in your flower beds however, then you have to take a little more care in the quality of the soil you are growing it in.
Planting Charming Roses:
Getting the rose Charming planted either in the ground or in a container is really not too tough and you can get the job done with just a few basic hand tools you probably already have in the shed. If you bought your rose locally, then there’s a real good chance it was already established in a container and probably ready to bloom. These are the easiest to plant. Dig a hole that is at least twice the diameter of the container it originally came in, and equally as deep. This will give the roots room to grow while still keeping the bud union at the same depth it is now. Very important!
If you bought your Charming roses online, then more than likely they shipped it to you as a bareroot plant, which is very common. These may look intimidating but they are not difficult either. Soak the plant overnight in a bucket of room temperature water prior to planting day to rehydrate the roots. Then dig the hole as wide as the longest roots on the plant, and deep enough so that you can set the plant atop a mound of soil and keep the bud union no more than an inch or two below the surface of the soil.
Once you have your rose Charming set in place, spread the roots out in all directions around the mound and then back fill the hole halfway with your soil mix. Take the garden hose and water the loose soil heavily until it flows like mud around the roots. Back fill the hole the rest of the way and give it one more heavy watering. Be 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 may also want to mound up some fresh mulch around the exposed canes until new growth has formed. This will help prevent the plant from drying out while it is creating new roots. Once you see new growth you can remove the mound back to ground level.
Caring for Charming Roses:
Taking care of the rose Charming is really not difficult. You will need to provide ample water to the plant so it gets proper nutrients, while being careful not to overwater it. For most temperate climates, a good rule of thumb is to give it one deep watering per week. If you live in a hot climate, or if you are growing this rose in a container, you will have to check it more frequently.
You should also give your Charming roses a dose of a granular, all-purpose fertilizer in the early spring when the leaves start to form. Since this is a repeat bloomer, it will also benefit from a couple of additional feedings throughout the growing season. I will usually give my roses a second feeding right after the first big bloom, and then a third feeding around the middle of summer to encourage late season blooms. Your rose Charming will do well on this schedule also.
Pruning Charming Roses:
You should always prune the rose Charming in early spring before the leaves start to form. Start by removing all the dead wood, along with any discolored canes. Next, prune back the overlapping canes so they do not compete for sun light once the leaves open. Last, cut the remaining canes back about one third of whatever their current height is.
This is also a great time to clean up all the dead leaves and debris around your Charming roses. Throw away all of this material in the trash along with your cuttings. Never let decaying matter lay around your roses. I always finish up my pruning by giving my roses a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season. Your rose Charming will love this also.
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