History of Color Magic Roses:
The hybrid tea rose Color Magic was first bred before 1975 in the United States by William Warriner, and it was later introduced to market by Jackson & Perkins. William Warriner passed away in 1991 but he spent 25 years working for Jackson & Perkins and is credited with the production of over 150 different types of roses. This particular rose was created by crossing a generic seedling with the hybrid tea rose Spellbinder. The result is a salmon colored rose that slowly fades to a pink color.
The blooms on Color Magic roses will be a typical size for hybrid teas, about 5 inches in diameter, and they will carry with them a strong fruity fragrance. The blooms will be somewhat full having as many as 30 petals each. The plant itself is quite a joy to grow for rose lovers who don’t care for thorns as this variety is near thornless. The rose Color Magic will tend to grow about 4 to 5 feet tall with a more upright habit and it will do very well in zones 6 and warmer.
Growing Color Magic Roses:
Growing the rose Color Magic is rather simple and if you have any prior experience growing roses then you will not likely find this one too challenging. The biggest choice you will make in the life of your roses in where in the garden you choose to grow them. Roses require a lot of sun light if you want them to give you their best performance so you should try to select a location that gets at least 6 to 8 hours each day of direct sun light.
You also will need to grow your Color Magic roses in soil that drains well. This is pretty easy considering there is a wide range of soil mixes available in the market. All you have to do is choose the one you prefer. You also should try and find a location in your garden that is exposed to the natural air currents. Many growers overlook this however I have found over the years that this is extremely important for keeping the leaves of your roses dry and in turn, the plant stronger and healthier.
Planting Color Magic Roses:
Getting your rose Color Magic into the ground is not hard but it does depend a little bit on how you purchased your rose. If you found one locally, then chances are it was already established in a container for you and ready to bloom. These are the easiest to plant. Dig your hole at least twice the diameter of the container 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 original depth.
If you bought your Color Magic roses from an online vendor, then they might have shipped them to you as bareroot plants, which is not uncommon. For these you should first soak them overnight in a bucket of room temperature water prior to planting day, to rehydrate the roots. Then dig your hole 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 while keeping the bud union about an inch or so below the surface of the soil.
Once you have your rose Color Magic set in place on the mound, spread the roots out in all directions and then back fill the hole about halfway to start, using your soil mix. Take the garden hose and water the loose soil heavily until it flows around the roots like mud, then you can go ahead and fill 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. This method should make sure that no air pockets have formed around the roots.
Depending on your climate, you may want to mound up some fresh mulch around the exposed canes of the plant just until new growth has formed, to help prevent them from drying out.
Caring for Color Magic Roses:
Taking care of your rose Color Magic is also simple and straight forward and once again any prior experience you may have growing roses will come in handy here as well. You will need to make sure that you provide enough water to your roses while taking care not to overdo it. For most climates this amounts to about one deep watering per week. If you live in a hot or dry region then you might need to check your roses every 4 to 5 days.
You also should consider giving your Color Magic roses a dose of a granular all-purpose fertilizer in the spring time when the leaves begin to bud. This will give your roses a great jump on the season. Like most hybrid tea roses, this one is also a repeat bloomer so it will benefit nicely from additional feedings over the course of the growing season. I typically give my roses their second feeding immediately after the first big bloom, and then a third feeding sometime in the middle of the summer to encourage late season blooms. Your rose Color Magic will do nicely on this schedule also.
Pruning Color Magic Roses:
You should prune your rose Color Magic in the very early spring when the weather starts to turn but before the leaves appear. This just makes pruning so much easier. Start by removing all the dead leaves and debris from the plant and set your cuttings aside. Next, prune back any overlapping lateral canes as these will eventually compete for sun light once the leaves open. Lastly, give the remaining canes a cut back by about one third of their current height.
This is also the time to clean up around the base of your Color Magic roses to get rid of all the dead leaves and debris that may have collected there. Throw away all of this material in the trash along with your cuttings. Never let dead matter lay around your roses as it can quickly turn into a breeding ground for various pests and diseases. Finish up your pruning by giving your rose Color Magic a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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