History of Double Delight Roses:
The hybrid tea rose Double Delight was first bred before 1976 in the United States by Herbert Swim and it was later introduced to market by Armstrong Nursery. Swim is a world renowned rose breeder who specialized in creating varieties that are durable in warmer climates and also whose blooms do not fade. This particular variety was created by crossing the two hybrid tea roses Granada and Garden Party. The result is a stunning red and white rose with deep red edges and whose centers often take on a pale yellow hue.
The blooms on Double Delight roses will average around 5 inches in diameter and they will have a strong fragrance of spice. The blooms will be somewhat full, having around 30 petals each. The plant itself will grow upwards of 3 to 5 feet tall, and it will spread out horizontally to a similarly sized width. This rose is very hardy and is best suited to warmer climates in zone 7 and up. The rose Double Delight is susceptible to mildew and if you attempt to grow it in a colder climate, make sure that you provide spring freeze protection.
Growing Double Delight Roses:
Growing the rose Double Delight is not at all difficult and it is much the same as any other hybrid tea rose. The biggest decision you will need to make for your roses is where in the garden you grow them. Roses need a lot of sun light if you want them to perform well and this variety is no exception. Try to select a location where your roses will get no less than 6 to 8 hours each day of direct sun light.
You also will need to grow your Double Delight roses in soil that drains well. This is especially true of varieties that are susceptible to blackspot and mildew. This is pretty easy to do as there are a wide range of growing mixes available at your local garden center. One mistake I see newer growers often make it growing their roses in a sheltered location. Try to keep your rose Double Delight in a place where it is exposed to the natural air currents through your garden. This goes a long way towards keeping the leaves dry and the overall plant much healthier.
Planting Double Delight Roses:
Getting your rose Double Delight into the ground is rather easy and most folks can get the job done with just a few basic hand tools. If you bought your rose locally, then chances are it was already established in a container. These are the easiest to plant. Dig your hole at least twice the diameter of the container and equally as deep. This will keep the bud union at its original depth while still giving you plenty of room around the roots for your soil mix.
If you bought your Double Delight roses online, then perhaps they shipped them to you as bareroot plants, which is not uncommon. You should first soak these overnight in a bucket of room temperature water prior to planting day. Then dig your hole as wide as the longest roots on the plant, and deep enough to allow you to set the plant atop a mound of soil and still keeping the bud union about an inch below the surface.
Once you have your rose Double Delight 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 fill the hole the rest of the way. Give the soil one more heavy watering and top off any final settling the might have occurred. This method should ensure 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, to prevent them from drying out while new growth is forming. After that, you can remove the mound back to ground level.
Caring for Double Delight Roses:
Taking care of the rose Double Delight is pretty straight forward and if you have any prior experience growing roses, then you should have no issues. You need to make sure that your roses have proper moisture first and foremost, while taking care not to overdo it. For most mild climates this is about one deep watering per week. If your climate is hot and dry, you should check your roses every couple of days.
You can give your Double Delight 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 growing season. Like most hybrid tea roses, this one is also a repeat bloomer so you should consider giving it a few additional feedings over the course of the year. I will typically give my roses their second feeding right after the first big bloom, and then a third feeding sometime around the middle of the summer. Your rose Double Delight will do well on this schedule also.
Pruning Double Delight Roses:
You should prune your rose Double Delight in the very early spring when the weather breaks but before the leaves start to bud. Start by removing all the dead and discolored wood from the plant and set your cuttings aside. Next, prune back any lateral canes that overlap as these will eventually compete for sun light later on. 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 Double Delight roses and get rid of all the dead leaves and debris that might have collected there from the prior growing season. Throw away all of this material in the trash along with your cuttings. Never let decaying matter lay around your roses. Finish up your pruning by giving your rose Double Delight a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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