Introduction to Climbing Pink Peace Roses:
Climbing Peace roses are often called the most stunning of the different climbing roses that are on the market today. It is also one of the most popular roses that have ever been bred. It was first created in 1939 by the French breeder Francis Meilland and first introduced in the US under the name Peace, by Cornard Pyle.
The Peace rose almost took on a different name however. Francis Meilland originally wanted to name this rose after Alan Brook, a Field Marshall during WWII who was instrumental when the allies liberated France. When contacted about the proposal however Alan declined the honor and instead suggested that the rose should be named Peace instead. In April of 1945 the company honored that request and formally introduced the Peace rose to the world. The pink Peace roses became an instant sensation and have since sold well over 100 million plants in the decades since its introduction.
Features of Climbing Pink Peace Roses:
The Peace rose is actually a hybrid tea rose that is a blended yellow with pink edging and highlights. The further outward the petals are, the more pink hues they contain. The blooms are larger than many other climbing roses, averaging around 6 inches in diameter with a petal count of 40 to 45 petals per bloom. These large stunning blooms also have a fairly strong fragrance which can only add to the reasons this particular variety is so popular. The shrub variety of the Peace rose can reach heights up to about 6 feet tall.
Climbing pink peace roses however grow upwards of 8 to 10 feet tall with a base spread of around 4 feet. What makes the Peace rose so great is that it is easily grown in a wide variety of locations around your garden. Peace roses have a very strong resistance to diseases, especially mildews and blackspots as well, so you don't have to worry about this variety being high maintenance. Like most roses it does its best work in a full sun location, however this variety can survive in partial shade as well. Peace roses are not very hardy however and prefer the warmer zones of 5 and warmer.
Planting Climbing Pink Peace Roses:
Planting your climbing pink peace roses is easy and can be done by any gardener with a little bit of experience with some basic hand tools. The first thing you need to do is find a suitable location for your roses. As we said earlier a fun sun location is best if you would like your Peace roses to give you their best performance, however if you are limited in your garden, a partial shade location will suffice.
You should try to make sure, as much as possible, that your site has good airflow as this will go a long way towards keeping your roses healthy. If you received your Peace rose as a bareroot plant, make sure you dig a hole that is plenty big enough for all the roots to be spread outward without having to fold them over or curl them in the hole. This consideration will help ensure that your roses get established quickly and can develop a strong root system in the first couple of seasons. If you purchased your rose as a container, then dig the hole a few inches larger than the container it came in. We'll explain more in the next section.
The Right Soil for Climbing Pink Peace Roses:
I heard an older, more experienced gardener say once that no matter how good you think your soil is, it can always be improved. How right he was! Nothing beats a good organic compost mixed in with your existing soil, at least nothing I've ever used. Remember when we suggested that you dig the hole larger than you really needed it to be? This is why! I like to keep a bag of compost handy when I do all my planting to make it easy.
The first thing you should do is mix in some compost with the soil you removed from the hole. When planting your climbing pink peace roses, it doesn't hurt to line the bottom and sides of the hole with some compost before setting your plant in. Then take the soil you mixed earlier and fill the hole halfway. Give it a thorough watering so the soil sets around the roots. Fill the hole the rest of the way with your mox and then water again. By the time you are done the union bud of the rose plant should be only an inch or two below the surface of the soil.
Caring for Climbing Pink Peace Roses:
Taking care of your climbing pink peace roses is really pretty easy if you follow a few basic guidelines. First off, take the time and give your roses a generous layer of mulch around the base. This serves several functions. Not only does mulch help retain moisture and cool the surface of the soil, but it also puts down a barrier between your rose's foliage and the soil where pests and diseases tend to inhabit. This is one of those steps that can save you a lot of worry in the future.
Make sure your roses get a good watering every week to 10 days in normal climates, and a little more frequent in hotter, drier climates. You can also feed your Peace roses 3 times a season. The first should be in early spring as the foliage starts to develop. The second during the first big bloom cycle. The third usually sometime around mid-July. If you are deadheading along the way, this will help encourage your Peace roses to bloom again.
I hope you found this article informative and you can check out our other articles on growing climbing roses as well.
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