History of Gold Glow Roses:
The rose Gold Glow was first bred in the United States in 1959 by Anthony Perry. Anthony Perry is a rose breeder out of California who is also known for creating the Broadway rose and the Pure Love rose. This yellow hybrid tea rose was created by crossing the Fred Howard rose with the Sutter's Gold rose. The result is a stunning deep yellow rose that has a strong fragrance with blooms that average almost 4 inches in diameter.
Gold Glow roses produce very full blooms with as many as 40 or more petals per bloom. This hybrid tea rose will grow almost 3 feet tall and does well in zones 7 and warmer. The rose Gold Glow is tolerant of both shade and warmer climates and it is often grown for cut flowers. This variety is a repeat bloomer so if you give it the proper growing conditions and deadhead the spent blooms, you will be rewarded with several flushes of blooms throughout much of the growing season.
Growing Gold Glow Roses:
The rose Gold Glow is unique in that it can do quite well in locations that receive partial shade which makes it very versatile across your garden. Like most varieties that can tolerate shady conditions, the Gold Glow will do its best work in full sun locations if you want the maximum amount of blooms. The rule of thumb for roses is usually a minimum of 6 to 8 hours each day of direct sun light. If you can find them a location that gets the morning sun light that is even better because it will quickly burn away the morning dew and help keep your leaves dry.
You also will want to make sure that you find a spot for your Gold Glow roses that gets good air circulation and has soil that drains well. While the rose Gold Glow is not overly susceptible to any diseases in particular, growing it in a location that stays damp for long periods of time can often lead to pest infestations and diseases like blackspot and mildew. If you are unsure about how good your soil is, read on to the next section where we discuss planting and how you can amend your soil to give your roses a great start.
Planting Gold Glow Roses:
Planting your rose Gold Glow depends in part on how and where you purchased it from. For instance, if you ordered your rose online, then you probably received it as a bareroot plant, and planting these is considerably different than if you bought your rose locally and it came in a container ready to bloom. Before you start planting however I highly suggest that you pick up a bag of organic compost from the local garden center. When you dig your hole, mix the compost in with the loose soil at a ratio of 2 parts soil to 1 part compost. I've found this to be a great soil mix for roses and I think you'll agree too once you try it.
For bareroot Gold Glow roses, you will need to soak them overnight in a bucket of lukewarm water to help "wake up" the roses and get them ready for planting. Then dig yourself a hole in your chosen location that is wide enough to fit all the roots that the rose came with, without having to force them into the hole. The hole should also be deep enough to that you can set your rose Gold Glow on top of a mound of soil and have the bud union about an inch or two below the surface of the soil.
Once you have your bareroot rose set at the proper depth, spread the roots out in all directions, angling them down the sides of the mound of soil. You can then back fill the hole using your new soil mix about halfway to start. Take your garden hose and water the soil heavily until it flows around the roots of your rose Gold Glow like mud, then go ahead and back fill the hole the rest of the way. Give the soil one more thorough watering to make sure that it is completely settled and there are no air pockets below the surface.
For container roses, I like to dig the hole at least twice the diameter of the container, and equally as deep. This will ensure that there is plenty of the new soil mix around your rose Gold Glow, and it also keeps the bud union at the same depth it was in the container.
Caring for Gold Glow Roses:
Taking care of your rose Gold Glow is pretty simple and it's not any more fussy than another rose would be. Make sure that you pay attention to the moisture level of your roses. One good watering each week should be sufficient unless you live in a hotter or drier climate.
You should also give your roses a dose of a good all-purpose granular fertilizer in early spring when the leaves start to bud. For repeat bloomers such as this one, I will usually feed them 2 more times over the growing season with the second one just as the first big bloom starts to develop, and the third in mid-summer to help promote more blooms later in the season. Just make sure that you allow 4 weeks in between each dose of fertilizer.
Pruning Gold Glow Roses:
Pruning Gold Glow roses is easy and should always be done in early spring before the leaves form. The first thing you should always do is remove all the dead and diseased wood from the plant. This is also a good time to rake up around the base of the plant and gather up all the dead leaves and debris that have collected there. Next, prune back any overlapping lateral canes as these will end up competing for sun light later when all the leaves have opened up.
Lastly, cut back the remaining canes about one-third of their current height to promote new growth. Make sure that you throw all the cuttings and dead leaves way in the trash, never let them lay around or throw them into the compost pile.
I always finish up by giving my roses a fresh layer of mulch at the start of each growing season.
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