History of Gemini Roses:
The hybrid tea rose Gemini was first bred in 1991 in the United States by Dr Keith Zary. Dr Zary is a rose breeder working for Jackson & Perkins and he is best known for two of his award winning creations, the Greetings rose, and the Terra Jubilee rose. This rose was created by crossing an Anne Morrow Lindbergh rose, with the New Year rose. The result is a rather gorgeous pink edged rose that would look amazing in almost any garden.
This rose produces nice, ample 5 inch blooms that are somewhat full with as many as 30 petals each. While the blooms on Gemini roses only have a subtle fragrance, I promise you, what they lack in smell they more than make up for in beauty. The plant itself will grow to about 6 feet tall at full maturity, with half that distance in width when it’s all said and done. The rose Gemini is highly resistant to diseases, however it is not tolerant of extreme winters so zones 7 and warmer will work best for this rose.
Growing Gemini Roses:
You may be happy to discover that growing the rose Gemini is not much different than growing any other hybrid tea rose you have had over the years. The same basic principles apply here as well. Roses need a lot of sun light in order to do their best, so try and find a location that is accommodating. You really should provide no less than 6 to 8 hours each day of direct sun light. If your spot offers more, then that is even better!
You also need to make sure that the soil you are growing your Gemini roses in drains well. Soil that does not drain well tends to be unhealthy for roses and can lead to a lot of problems such as root rot, blackspot, and pest infestations. If you are unsure about the quality of your garden soil, try taking a trip to your local garden center and pick up a bag of a good organic compost. Mix this into your garden soil at a ratio of 1 part compost for every 2 parts soil. This is a great overall growing mix and your rose Gemini will love it as well!
Planting Gemini Roses:
Getting the rose Gemini into the ground is not really a difficult task and just about anyone 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 planted for you in a container and ready to bloom. These are real easy to plant. Dig your hole at least twice the diameter of the container and equally as deep. This will give you plenty of room around the roots of the plant for your soil mix, while still keeping the bud union at its original depth.
If you bought your Gemini roses from an online company, then they might have shipped them to you as bareroot plants. You should first soak these plants overnight in a bucket of room temperature water to rehydrate the roots. 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 keep the bud union no more than an inch or two below the surface of the soil.
Once you have your rose Gemini set in place atop the mound, spread the roots out in all directions and then back fill the hole halfway to start. Take your garden hose and water the loose soil heavily until it flows like mud around the roots, then go ahead and back fill the hole the rest of the way. Give it one more heavy watering and top off any final settling that may occur. This method should ensure that no air pockets have formed around the roots.
You also may need to mound up some fresh mulch around the exposed canes until new growth has formed. This will help prevent the canes from drying out.
Caring for Gemini Roses:
Taking care of the rose Gemini is a breeze and like I said before, it is just like all the other hybrid tea roses you may have grown in the past and you can follow the same basic rose care guidelines. You will need to provide ample water to your roses, while being careful not to overwater them. For most climates this usually comes out to one deep watering per week. If you happen to live in a hot or dry climate however, then you should check your roses every couple of days.
You also should give your Gemini roses a dose of a good all-purpose granular fertilizer in the early spring when the leaves start to form. This will give them a great start to the season. Since this is a repeat bloomer, it will benefit from additional feedings over the season. I will usually give my roses a second feeding right after the first big bloom, and then a third feeding sometime around the middle of the summer to encourage late season blooms. Your rose Gemini will do well on this schedule also.
Pruning Gemini Roses:
You should prune your rose Gemini in the early spring before the leaves have formed. Start by removing all the dead and discolored wood from the plant and set the cuttings aside. Next, prune back the lateral canes that overlap one another as these will 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 a great time to clean up around the base of your Gemini roses and get rid of all the dead leaves and debris that may have collected there from the previous season. Throw away all of this material in the trash, along with your cuttings. Never let decaying matter lay around your roses. Finish up by giving your rose Gemini a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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