Easy Going roses were first discovered in 1996 in the United Kingdom by the Harkness Co, and they introduced them to market 2 years later. This particular variety of rose was not bred purposely, but rather was found to be a naturally occurring mutation of the Living Easy rose. This is a great yellow rose that has rich golden hues and a mild fragrance of honey that is sure to brighten up any location you grow it in.
The rose Easy Going is very typical in size and shape to most Floribunda roses. The blooms will average just a little over 4 inches or so in diameter and the plant itself will grow anywhere from 3 to 5 feet tall at full maturity. This rose does stay a little more slender than others, only reaching a width of a little over 2 feet across. The blooms on the rose Easy Going will grow in small clusters and will be somewhat full with as many as 30 or so petals each. This rose is especially resistant to common diseases.
Growing the rose Easy Going is pretty straight forward and is much like growing other types of roses. If you have any prior experience growing roses, then you shouldn’t find this variety to be a big challenge. The biggest choice you will have to make is where in the garden you choose to grow your rose. Roses generally speaking need a lot of sun light if you want them to perform well and this variety is no exception. You will want to try and select a location that gets at least 6 to 8 hours each day or direct sun light.
You also will need to grow your Easy Going roses in soil that drains well. Roses tend to not do as well if they are grown in soil that stays damp for long periods of time. This is not all that difficult to fix as there are a wide range of soil mixes available on the commercial market. Simply choose the one you prefer and use that. You should not be afraid of growing your rose Easy Going in a location that gets good airflow through your garden either. This will help to keep the leaves dry and the overall plant much healthier in the long run.
Getting your rose Easy Going into the ground is not a difficult task and most growers can get the job done with a few basic hand tools. How you originally bought your rose does determine, a little bit, how you go about planting it. If you found your roses at a local nursery, then chances are it was already established in a container and ready to bloom. These are 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 for your soil mix while keeping the bud union at its current depth!
If you bought your Easy Going roses online, then more than likely they shipped them to you as bareroot plants, which is very common. You should first soak the roots of these overnight in a bucket of room temperature water, prior to planting day. Then dig yourself a hole that is 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 below the surface of the soil.
Once you have your rose Easy Going set in place, spread the roots out in all directions around the mound of soil, and then back fill the hole about halfway 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 fill the hole the rest of the way. Give the soil one last heavy watering and top off any final settling that may have occurred. Do not tamp down the soil!
Taking care of the rose Easy Going is a fairly simple task and once again, any past experience you have growing roses will certainly come in handy here as well. You will need to make sure that you are giving your roses ample water, while taking care not to overdo it. For most mild 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.
You also should consider giving your Easy Going 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 growing season. Like most Floribundas, this variety is a repeat bloomer so it will benefit nicely from a few additional feedings throughout the growing season. I usually give my roses their second feeding immediately after the first big bloom, and then a third feeding sometime around the middle of the summer to encourage late season flushes. Your rose Easy Going will do well on this feeding schedule as well.
You should prune your rose Easy Going in the very early spring after the weather starts to warm, but before the leaves really start to open. This will make your pruning that much easier. Start by taking off all the dead and discolored canes from the plant, and set your cuttings aside. Next, prune back any lateral canes that overlap one another as these will compete for sun light once the leaves fully open. Lastly, cut the remaining canes back by about one-third of their current height to promote new growth.
This is also a great time to clean up around the base of your Easy Going roses and get rid of all the dead leaves and debris that always collect there. Throw this material away in the trash, along with your cuttings. Never let dead matter lay around your roses. Finish up your pruning by giving your rose Easy Going a layer of fresh mulch to start off the growing season.
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