History of Cheyenne Roses:
The miniature rose Cheyenne was first bred in the United States in 1985 by Raymond Spooner, a rose breeder out of Oregon. It was later introduced to market that same year by Oregon Miniature Roses, also out of Oregon. This adorable little rose was created by crossing the Center Gold rose with the Rise n Shine rose. The result was an apricot colored miniature rose that has a strong fragrance and often blooms in multiple flushes over the course of the growing season.
Cheyenne roses are equally at home in a flower bed in your garden, or in a container on your porch or patio. This little rose is fairly versatile and a vigorous grower so you should have no trouble finding the perfect spot for it around your home. The strong fragrance of the miniature rose Cheyenne make it a great selection for those of you who want a smaller, compact rose that still can fill up a given space with its great aroma. One of the great aspects about growing miniature roses in containers is you can move the plant around if you need to, to give it a more suitable location.
Growing Cheyenne Roses:
Like most roses the miniature rose Cheyenne needs a lot of sun light to give you its best performance. While the plant will still grow and do well in partial shade, you won't get near as many blooms as you might in a location that gets full sun. a good rule of thumb is to give it at least 6 to 8 hours a day of full and direct sun light when possible. If you are able to give it full sun all day long, that is even better.
Cheyenne roses also do best if grown in soil that is well drained. You want the soil to retain the moisture long enough to feed the vital nutrients to the roots of the plant, but you want the excess water to drain away properly so that the roots don’t stay damp for long periods of time. What I like to do is mix in a little organic compost with my garden soil during planting time. 1 part compost for every 2 parts soil is usually a good mix for most plants and the miniature rose Cheyenne will absolutely love the stuff and you'll be surprised at how quickly they establish themselves.
Planting Cheyenne Roses:
Planting the rose Cheyenne is not all that difficult, however the process does vary a little depending on where you purchased it from. Most local nurseries will sell their roses already planted in containers, or even with the root systems wrapped up in plastic. 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 or root ball, and equally as deep. You want to make sure that the bud union is planted at the same depth it was originally.
If you bought your Cheyenne roses online, then chances are it was shipped to you as a bareroot plant, which is very common. You should first soak these overnight in a bucket of lukewarm water, prior to planting day. Then dig a hole that is as wide as the longest roots on the plant, and deep enough to allow you to set the plant on top of a mound of soil and still keep the bud union about an inch or two below the surface.
Once your miniature rose Cheyenne is in place, spread the roots out in all directions and then back fill the hole about halfway with your soil mix. Water the loose soil heavily until it flows around the roots like mud, then back fill the rest of the way. Give the soil 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.
Caring for Cheyenne Roses:
Taking care of the rose Cheyenne is pretty easy and you can follow normal rose care guidelines. The most important aspect is how much water you give your roses. A good rule of thumb for most climates is one deep watering every week. If you are unsure about your rose's moisture level, stick your finger in the soil at the base of the plant. If it comes out wet, then you probably should not water it just yet.
Your Cheyenne roses will enjoy a dose of a good all-purpose fertilizer in the early spring when the leaves start to form. Since this variety is a repeat bloomer, it will benefit greatly from a few additional feedings over the course of the growing season. You can give your miniature rose Cheyenne a second dose right after the first big bloom, and then a third dose sometime around the middle of summer to encourage some late season blooms.
Pruning Cheyenne Roses:
The rose Cheyenne should be pruned in the early spring before the leaves start to open up. This makes it much easier to see what you are doing. Begin by cutting away all the dead and discolored canes and set them aside. Next, start pruning back any smaller lateral canes that overlap each other as these will eventually compete for sun light once the leaves fully open up. Lastly, you should cut back any remaining canes by about one third of their current height to encourage new growth.
This is also the time to rake up around your Cheyenne roses and clean up any dead leaves and debris that may have collected there from the previous growing season. Throw all of this material away in the trash along with your cuttings. Never throw them into the compost bin or let them lay around the base of your roses. Finish up your spring pruning by giving your rose Cheyenne a fresh layer of mulch to start off the new growing season.
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