Easy Does It roses were first bred in the United Kingdom by the Harkness family prior to 2006. It was later introduced to market in the United States by Bailey Nurseries and Weeks Wholesale Roses under its current name. This wonderful pinkish-orange Floribunda rose was created by crossing the miniature rose Baby Love, with the offspring of the Queen Charlotte and Della Balfour climbing rose. The result is a truly eye-catching rose that has a great spread of colors.
The blooms on the rose Easy Does It will be typical in size for a Floribunda, averaging about 4 inches or so in diameter. They will be nice and full also, with as many as 40 petals per rose, forming in abundant clusters. This rose is a vigorous grower that is also highly resistant to diseases, making it a great choice for newer rose growers, or those of us who simply want a low maintenance rose in our gardens. This rose will make for great cut flower arrangements with its mild, fruity fragrance.
Growing the rose Easy Does It is pretty simple and you will find it is much like growing any other type of rose. The biggest consideration when growing roses is where in the garden you choose to grow them. Roses require an awful lot of sun light if you want them to do well, and this variety is no exception. Try to select a location where it will get at least 6 to 8 hours a day of direct sun light. If you are able to provide with it even more, then all the better!
You also will want to grow your Easy Does It roses in soil that drains well. This is a step where I have seen many rose growers fail in their first attempts at growing roses. While roses do need ample water, they do not like being in soil that stays damp for long periods of time and tend to become very unhealthy if grown in these conditions. This is also a rather easy step to accomplish nowadays as there are so many different soil mixes available on the market that are tailored specifically for roses. Select one that is to your liking and give your rose Easy Does It the best chance it can for success.
Getting your rose Easy Does It into the ground should not be an overly challenging task for most gardeners, however how you go about it does depend a little bit on how you purchased your rose. If you bought one from a local nursery, then chances are they had it already established in a container. These are really the easiest roses to plant. Dig your hole at least twice the diameter of the container and equally as deep. This will give you ample room around the roots of the plant for your soil mix, while keeping the bud union at its original depth.
If you bought your Easy Does It roses online, then there is a good chance they shipped them to you as bareroot plants, which is very common. These you should first soak 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 place the plant on top of a mound of soil, while keeping the bud union no more than an inch below the surface of the soil.
Once you have your rose Easy Does It set in place, spread the roots out in all directions around the mound 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 go ahead and fill the hole the rest of the way. Give the loose soil one more heavy watering and be sure to top off any final settling that may occur.
You also may want to mound up some fresh mulch around the exposed canes of the plant until new growth starts to form. This will help prevent the plant from drying out.
Taking care of the rose Easy Does It is not difficult and if you have any prior experience growing roses, you will not find this particular variety challenging. You will need to make sure that you are providing your roses with plenty of water, but also being careful 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 should check on your roses every 4 to 5 days just to be safe.
You also should consider giving your Easy Does It roses a dose of a granular all-purpose fertilizer in the early spring when the leaves begin to form. This will give your roses a great jump on the season. Like most Floribundas, this variety is also a repeat bloomer, so it will benefit nicely from a few additional feedings over the course of the growing season. I will usually give my roses their second feeding immediately following the first big bloom, and then a third feeding something around the middle of summer to encourage late season flushes. Your rose Easy Does It will do well on this schedule also.
You should also prune your rose Easy Does It in the very early spring when the weather breaks, but before the leaves begin to open. 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 canes as these will eventually 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 Easy Does It roses and get rid of all the dead leaves and debris that have collected there over the winter. Throw away all of this material in the trash, along with your cuttings. Never let this material lay around your roses as it will quickly turn into a breeding ground for various pests and diseases. Finish up your pruning by giving your rose Easy Does It a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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