Chuckles roses were first bred in 1958 in the United States by Roy Shepherd. Roy was an avid rose historian who passed away a few years after producing this beautiful rose. Chuckles was created by crossing an Orange Triumph rose, with the offspring of the Jean Lafitte and New Dawn roses. The result is a very pretty soft pink Floribunda rose that blooms in an absolute abundance of clusters of roses that average around 4 inches in diameter.
The rose Chuckles is a hardy rose that is also a vigorous grower and it is well suited to a variety of growing conditions. The plant itself will grow between 4 and 5 feet tall at full maturity, with a spread of 5 to 6 feet across. The plant will be very bushy and the blooms will have a somewhat strong fragrance to them. They will not be very full however, with most of the blooms having around 11 petals each. One of the nice things about the rose Chuckles is it is very tolerant of shady locations, which opens up a bunch of locations that roses normally would not thrive in.
Growing the rose Chuckles is not at all difficult and if you have had any prior experience growing roses, then you should not find this variety challenging. Probably the biggest decision you will make in the life of your roses is where you choose to grow them in the garden. Roses in general require a lot of sun light if you want them to give their best performance, and this variety is no exception. Try to select a location that gets a minimum of 6 to 8 hours each day of direct sun light.
You also will want to grow your Chuckles roses in soil that drains well. This is one step where I see many gardeners go wrong with roses, and then they wonder why the plants under-perform for them. This is also a rather simple thing to fix because there are so many different soil mixes available on the market today. You need only select the one you like the best and use that. If you prefer to mix your own, try picking up a bag of a good organic compost, and mix that into your garden soil at a ratio of 1 part compost for every 2 parts soil. Your rose Chuckles will absolutely love it!
Getting your rose Chuckles into the ground is not hard either, and most growers can get the job done very well with just a few basic hand tools at their disposal. If you picked up your rose at a local nursery, then chances are it was already planted in a container and ready to bloom. These are the easiest to plant. You will want to dig your hole at least twice the diameter of the container it came in, and equally as deep. This will give you plenty of room around the roots for your soil mix, while keeping the bud union at its current depth.
If you bought your Chuckles roses online, then it is likely they were shipped to you as bareroot plants, which is very common. You should first soak 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 on top of a mound of soil while keeping the bud union no more than an inch or two below the surface of the soil.
Once you have your rose Chuckles set in place on top of the mound, spread the roots out in all directions and then back fill the hole about half way to start, using your soil mix. Take the garden hose and water the loose soil until it flows around the roots like mud. You can then continue filling the hole the rest of the way. Give the soil one more heavy watering and be sure to top off any final settling that may occur. Do not tamp down the soil.
Taking care of the rose Chuckles is a simple matter and once again, if you have any prior experience growing roses, then you should not have any trouble. You will need to make sure your roses get enough water, without overdoing it. For most climates this amounts to about one deep watering per week. If you live in a hot or dry region, then you should check on your roses every 4 to 5 days just to be safe.
You also should consider giving your Chuckles roses a dose of a granular all-purpose fertilizer in the early spring when the leaves begin to form. This will give your roses a fast jump on the growing season. Like most Floribunda roses, this one is also a repeat bloomer and will do very well with a couple additional feedings over the course of the growing season. I usually give my roses their second feeding immediately after the first big bloom, and then a third feeding sometime around the middle of the summer to encourage late season flushes. Your rose Chuckles will do well on this schedule also!
You should prune your rose Chuckles in the very early spring, after the weather starts to warm, but before the leaves have opened. This makes is so much easier to see what you are doing. Start by removing all the dead and discolored wood from the plant and set your cuttings aside. Next, prune back any overlapping lateral canes so they do not compete for sun light once all the leaves fully open. Lastly, give the remaining canes a cut back by about one-third of their current height to promote new growth.
This is also a great time to clean up around the base of your Chuckles roses and get rid of all the debris that tends to collect there over time. You should never let dead leaves and other matter lay around your roses as it can easily turn into a breeding ground for various pests and diseases. Throw all of this material away in the trash, along with your cuttings. Finish up your pruning by giving your rose Chuckles a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season!
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