History of Crimson Glory Roses:
The hybrid tea rose Crimson Glory was first bred in 1935 in Germany by Wilhelm Kordes II, and it was later introduced to market in the United States by Jackson & Perkins. Kordes is a world renowned rose breeder based out of Germany and there have been many generations of Kordes at the helm of this company. This particular variety of rose was created by crossing the rose Cathrine Kordes with the rose W.E. Chaplin. The result is a classic crimson colored rose with a strong damask scent.
The blooms on Crimson Glory roses will reach an average diameter of about 5 inches across and they will be fairly full, having as many as 25 or so petals each. The plant itself will be of a size that is typical for hybrid tea roses, growing anywhere from 3 feet to a little over 6 feet tall. The rose Crimson Glory is a vigorous grower that is a little susceptible to mildew. It also has a much better tolerance for some colder climates and you can grow this rose well in zones 4 and warmer.
Growing Crimson Glory Roses:
Growing the rose Crimson Glory is rather straight forward and if you have any prior experience growing roses, then you will likely not find this variety a challenge. The biggest decision you will make in the life of your roses is where in the garden you decide to grow them. Roses generally speaking require as much sun light as you can give them if you want their best performance. At a minimum you should try to give them no less than 6 to 8 hours each day of direct sun light. If you are able to provide them more, then do so.
You also should take care not to shelter your Crimson Glory roses from the natural air currents in your garden. This is a mistake that I see quite a few growers make and let me explain why. Exposing your roses to airflow is actually a good thing because it helps to keep the leaves dry, especially after a morning dew, and dry leaves ultimately lead to a healthier plant. You also should grow your rose Crimson Glory in soil that drains well. This will also help fend off a number of pests and diseases.
Planting Crimson Glory Roses:
Getting the rose Crimson Glory into the ground is also not a difficult task and most people can get the job done with a little ambition and some basic hand tools. If you bought your rose locally, then chances are it was already established in a container and ready to bloom. These are the easiest to plant and all you have to do is dig a hole that is at least twice the diameter of the container and equally as deep. This allows you to keep the bud union at the same depth while giving you plenty of room around the root system for your new soil mix.
If you bought your Crimson Glory roses online, then there is a good chance you received them as bareroot plants. You should first soak the roots of these in a bucket of room temperature water overnight, 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 your rose Crimson Glory is set in place atop the mound, spread the roots out in all directions around the mound and then back fill the hole 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 go ahead and back 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 ensure that no air pockets have formed around the roots. Depending on how hot your weather is around planting time, you may want to mound up some fresh mulch around the exposed canes of the plant, to prevent them from drying out until new growth has formed. At which time you can remove the mound back to ground level.
Caring for Crimson Glory Roses:
Taking care of the rose Crimson Glory is easy and straight forward, and once again any prior experience you may have growing roses will certainly come in handy here as well. You will need to provide ample water to your roses while taking great care not to overwater them. For most mild climates this amounts to one deep watering per week. If you live in a hot or dry region, then you might need to check your roses every couple of days.
You also should give your Crimson Glory roses a dose of a granular all-purpose fertilizer in the early spring when you see the leaves begin to bloom. This will give your roses a great jump to the season. Like most hybrid tea roses, this one is also a repeat bloomer and it will benefit greatly from additional feedings over the course of the season. I will typically give my roses a second feeding right after the first big bloom and then a third feeding around the middle of the summer to encourage late season blooms. Your rose Crimson Glory will do well on this schedule also.
Pruning Crimson Glory Roses:
You should prune your rose Crimson Glory in the very early spring when the weather breaks but before the leaves begin to form. This makes it 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 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 to promote new growth.
This is also the time to clean up around the base of your Crimson Glory roses and get rid of any dead leaves or debris that might have collected there from the previous growing season. Throw away all of this material in the trash along with your cuttings. Never let dead matter lay around your roses for any length of time. Finish up your pruning by giving your rose Crimson Glory a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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