History of Douce Symphonie Roses:
The rose Douce Symphonie was first bred in 1987 in France by Marie-Louise Meilland. The Meilland family has been credited with introducing a great many roses to the world and this one is no exception. This rose was created by crossing a Coppelia 76 rose with the rose Magic Carrousel. The result is a great miniature rose that has either dark pink or reddish edges, that fade to white in the centers.
The blooms on Douce Symphonie roses will average about 1.75 inches in diameter and the blooms will be somewhat full with about 20 or so petals per bloom. The blooms will grow in clusters on the plant making them a great choice for cut flower arrangements. Unfortunately the rose Douce Symphonie has no real fragrance to speak of, however it more than makes up for it with its beautiful blooms. One other nice attribute about this rose is that it is considered near thornless. Many growers prefer roses of this type because it makes them much easier to handle and care for.
Growing Douce Symphonie Roses:
Growing the rose Douce Symphonie is not terribly difficult and with a little care and attention, you can get great results out of this rose. The biggest consideration you have is where to plant it. Many folks will plant their miniature roses in containers for their porch or patio, this is a great use of this rose also. You will need to make sure however that you are providing it with ample sun light no matter where you locate it. Most roses will grow in partial shade, but not many will perform very well if they are denied sun light. Try to find a location that gets 6 to 8 hours each day of direct sun.
You also want to make sure that your Douce Symphonie roses are planted in soil that drains well. If you are growing them in containers, this is not a huge concern as you will probably just select the right potting soil when you plant it. If you are growing them in the garden however, I would suggest that you pick up a bag of a good organic compost from the local garden center. Mix that into the soil at a ratio of 1 part compost for every 2 parts soil. Your rose Douce Symphonie will love it!
Planting Douce Symphonie Roses:
Getting your rose Douce Symphonie into the ground is not at all hard and you can get the job done with a few basic hand tools. If you bought your rose from a local nursery, then chances are it was already established in a container and ready to bloom. These are the easiest to plant. You should dig the hole about twice the diameter of the container it came in, and equally as deep. This gives you a lot of room around the root ball for your soil mix, while still keeping the bud union at its current depth.
If you ordered your Douce Symphonie roses from an online nursery, then they may have shipped it to you as a bareroot plant, which is very common. You should first soak these overnight in a bucket of room temperature water to help rehydrate the roots prior to planting day. Dig the hole as wide as the longest roots on the plant, and deep enough to set the plant atop a mound of soil and still keep the bud union no more than an inch or two below the surface of the soil.
Once you have your rose Douce Symphonie set in place, spread the roots out in all directions, then back fill the hole halfway to start, using your soil mix. Take your 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. This method should ensure that no air pockets have formed. You also may want to mound up some fresh mulch around the exposed canes until new growth forms. This will help prevent the canes from drying out.
Caring for Douce Symphonie Roses:
Taking care of the rose Douce Symphonie is pretty straight forward and you can adopt basic rose care guidelines for amazing results. You will need to make sure that you are providing ample water to the plant, while also making sure not to overwater it. This may seem like a contradiction but it is not all that difficult. For most climates a good rule of thumb is one deep watering every week. If you live in a hot or dry climate, then you should check it every couple of days to make sure.
You should also give your Douce Symphonie roses a dose of a granular all-purpose fertilizer in the early spring when the leaves begin to form. Since this rose is a repeat bloomer, it will also benefit greatly from a few 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 to promote additional flushes. Your rose Douce Symphonie will do well on this feeding schedule also.
Pruning Douce Symphonie Roses:
You should always prune your rose Douce Symphonie in the early spring before the leaves have formed. This makes it much easier to see what you are doing. Start by removing all the dead wood, along with any canes that are discolored. Next, prune back any lateral canes that overlap as these will compete for sun light once the leaves have fully opened. Lastly, give the remaining canes a cut back by about one third of their current height.
You should also clean up around the base of your Douce Symphonie roses during pruning. Throw away all this material in the trash along with your cuttings. Never let dead or decaying matter lay around your roses. I always finish up my pruning by giving my roses a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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