Fashion roses were first bred in 1947 in the United States by Eugene Boerner. Eugene was a world renowned rose breeder, among other plants, who was the director of research for Jackson & Perkins until his death in 1966. He is credited with raising a great many of the rose varieties we grow in our gardens today. The rose Fashion was created by crossing the Crimson Glory rose, with the Floribunda Pinocchio rose.
The result of this pairing is a wonderfully colored salmon pink floribunda rose that produces 3.5 inch diameter blooms. The blooms will be somewhat full, having about 25 or so petals per bloom, and they will carry with them a strong fragrance of wild roses. The plant itself will stay somewhat compact, only growing to about 3 feet tall at full maturity. The rose Fashion is a vigorous grower that is a little susceptible to rust. You may also find growers cultivating this rose in containers on their patios for the great fragrance it offers.
Growing the rose Fashion is pretty straight forward and if you have had any past experience growing Floribunda roses, then you should not find this variety to be all that challenging. The biggest choice you will make in the life of your roses is where in the garden you decide to grow them. You will find that roses require a lot of sun light if you want them to perform at their best and this one is no exception. Try to select a location that gets no less than 6 to 8 hours each day of direct sun light.
You also will want to grow your Fashion roses in soil that drains well. This is a mistake many growers make but it is also one that is very easy to overcome. There are a great many different types of growing soils on the commercial market today, some of which are designed specifically for growing roses. You need only select one that suits you and you can use that. You can also mix your own soil using a good brand of organic compost at a ratio of 1 part compost for every 2 parts soil. Your rose Fashion will thank you for it.
Getting the rose Fashion into the ground is not a tough task and most growers can get the job done with nothing more than a few basic hand tools. How you go about planting your roses depends a bit on how you purchased them. If you bought your roses from a local nursery, then usually these are already planted and established in containers. These are the easiest roses to get planted. You will want to dig your hole at least twice the diameter of the container they came in, and at the same depth. This will allow you to 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 Fashion roses online, then many times these are shipped as bareroot plants, which is not uncommon. You should first soak the roots of these 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 on top of a mound of soil while keeping the bud union no more than an inch or so below the surface.
Once you have your rose Fashion in place on top of the mound, spread the roots out in all directions and then back fill the hole about halfway to start, using your soil mix. Then take your garden hose and water the loose soil heavily until it flows around the roots like mud, then you can finish filling the hole the rest of the way. Give the soil one more heavy watering and be sure to top off any final settling that might occur. Do not tamp down the soil.
Taking care of the rose Fashion is also fairly easy and once again, any prior experience you might have growing roses will definitely come in handy here as well. You will need to make sure that you are providing your roses with enough water and nutrients, while at the same time being cautious not to overdo it. For most climates this usually amounts to one deep watering per week. If your region is hot and dry, you should check your roses every 4 to 5 days to be safe.
You should consider giving your Fashion roses a dose of a granular, all-purpose fertilizer in the spring when the leaves begin to bud and open. This will give your roses a great start to the season. Like most Floribundas, this variety is also a repeat bloomer, which means it will benefit from additional feedings over the course of the growing season. I usually give my roses their second feeding right after the first big bloom, then another one sometime around the middle of the summer to encourage late season blooms. Your rose Fashion will do well on this schedule also.
You should prune the rose Fashion in the very early spring before the leaves begin to bud. Start by removing all the dead and discolored wood from the plant and set your cuttings aside. Next, prune back any overlapping canes from the plant so they do not 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, to promote new growth.
This is also the time to clean up around the base of your Fashion roses and get rid of all the dead leaves and debris that tends to collect there over the winter. Throw all of this material away in the trash, along with your cuttings. You should never let dead matter lay around your roses as it can quickly turn into a breeding ground for various pests and diseases. Finish up your pruning by giving your rose Fashion a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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