History of Coco Roses:
The miniature rose Coco is a relatively new variety to the family, being bred in 1995 in Germany by Kordes & Sons. Kordes is a very old and well respected rose breeder in Europe and their roots date back as far as 1865 to Wilhelm Kordes I. Kordes has given us almost an uncountable number of amazing roses over the years, many of which are still commercially available today and are decorating gardens around the world.
Coco roses are among my personal favorites of the miniature roses I’ve ever come across. They have amazing little blooms that are a salmon color on the outer parts of the petals, and the color fades to white in the center with yellow stamens. The blooms will average about 1.5 inches in diameter and will only have a few petals each. When the blooms first form they will be a nice rich color and as they age they will slowly fade to a soft pink before dropping off. I can promise you that no matter where you grow this, the rose Coco is sure to be an eye catcher in your garden.
Growing Coco Roses:
Growing the rose Coco is not all that difficult in comparison to other roses, and you can follow the same techniques you do with most miniature roses. The first consideration you have is where to plant this beauty. Like most roses, this one requires a lot of sun light if you want it to perform to its full potential. Typically you are looking for a minimum of 6 to 8 hours each day of direct sun light. If you can provide it with more, then that is all the better.
The other issue with roses is making sure that they are planted in soil that drains well. This is not really a big concern if you are growing your Coco roses in containers, as you can easily just select the right potting soil for the job. If you are growing your roses in the garden however, then this becomes a larger issue. I always tell newer growers to take a trip to their local garden center and pick up a bag of a good organic compost. Mix this into the garden soil at a ratio of 1 part compost for every 2 parts soil. Your rose Coco will absolutely love it!
Planting Coco Roses:
Getting your rose Coco planted is pretty easy and you can get the job done with a few basic hand tools. If you purchased your rose from a local nursery, then there’s a good chance that it was already planted in a container and ready to bloom. These are the easiest roses to plant. All you have to do is dig a hole that is twice the diameter of the container, and equally as deep. This will keep the bud union at the same depth it was originally planted, while still giving you more than enough room for your soil mix.
Now if you ordered your Coco roses online, they may have shipped them to you as bareroot plants, which is very common. You should first soak these overnight in a bucket of room temperature water to rehydrate the roots. Then dig your hole as wide as the longest roots, and deep enough to allow you to set the plant atop a mound of soil, while keeping the bud union no more than an inch or two below the surface.
Set your rose Coco in place atop the mound and spread the roots out in all directions. Back fill the hole halfway to start using your soil mix, then take the garden hose and water the loose soil heavily until it flows around the roots like mud. Go ahead and back fill the rest of the way and give it one more heavy watering and 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 also might want to consider mounding up some fresh mulch around the exposed canes while the plant is forming new growth. This will help prevent it from drying out.
Caring for Coco Roses:
Taking care of your rose Coco is pretty straight forward and you can follow normal rose care guidelines. You will need to make sure that your roses are getting ample water, while taking care not to overwater them. For most climates you will find that one deep watering every week is usually sufficient. If you are in a hot or dry climate, you may need to check them every couple of days. If you are unsure if they are ready to be watered, stick your finger into the soil at the base of the plant. If it comes out wet, they do not need to be watered just yet.
You should also give your Coco roses a dose of a granular all-purpose fertilizer in the early spring when the leaves begin to form. This will give them a great start to the new season. Like most miniature roses, this is a repeat bloomer so it will benefit nicely from additional feedings over the course of the growing season. I will typically give my roses a second feeding just after the first big bloom, and then a third feeding sometime around the middle of the summer. Your rose Coco will do nicely on this feeding schedule as well.
Pruning Coco Roses:
You should always prune your rose Coco in the early spring before the leaves begin to form. Start by removing all the dead and discolored wood from the plant completely. Next, prune back any lateral canes that overlap one another as these will compete for sun light once the leaves fully open. Lastly, give the remaining canes a cut back by about one third of their current height.
This is also a good time to rake up around the base of your Coco roses and clean up any dead leaves and debris laying around. Never let decaying material lay around your roses as it can turn into a breeding ground for various pests and diseases. Finish up by giving your rose Coco a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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