History of Golden Angel Roses:
The miniature rose Golden Angel was first bred in 1975 in the United States by Ralph Moore. Ralph is a well known breeder who started Sequoia Nursery in California in 1937. By 1960 he had already introduced 5 different species of miniature roses to the marketplace. This particular variety was created by crossing the climbing Golden Glow rose with the rose Peachy White. The result is a gorgeous deep yellow rose that produces blooms that have a very strong fragrance.
Golden Angel roses will only grow about a foot high, which for many die hard growers, makes them the ideal miniature rose. The blooms will only get about an inch and a half in diameter but they will be amazingly full, having as many as 60 or so petals each. Like most other miniatures, the rose Golden Angel is also a vigorous grower and a repeat bloomer, and it will be equally at home in either your flower bed, or in a container on your porch or patio.
Growing Golden Angel Roses:
Growing the rose Golden Angel is not terribly difficult and its small growth habit really makes it a joy to work with. The biggest consideration you are going to face when growing your roses is where to plant them. You will need to provide them with a lot of sun light if you want to get the most blooms that your roses are capable of offering. Many varieties will survive in locations that receive partial shade, but you will find they rarely perform as well. You will want to give them at least 6 to 8 hours each day of direct sun light.
You also need to grow your Golden Angel roses in soil that drains well. This is really easy to do if you are growing them in containers as you can simply choose the right potting mix. If you are growing your roses in the garden however, then you will need to make sure your garden soil is up to the task. If you are unsure of the quality of your garden soil, take a trip to the local garden center and pick up a bag of a good organic compost. Mix this into your soil at a ratio of 1 part compost for every 2 parts soil. Your rose Golden Angel will absolutely love it!
Planting Golden Angel Roses:
Getting your rose Golden Angel into the ground is a pretty simple matter and just about anyone can do the job right with a few basic hand tools. How you go about planting does depend a little bit on how you purchased your roses. If you bought them from a local nursery, then there is a good chance that they were already planted for you in containers and ready to bloom. These are the easiest to plant. Dig your hole twice the diameter of the container, and equally as deep. This will keep the bud union at its current depth while still giving you plenty of room for your soil mix around the roots.
If you bought your Golden Angel roses online however, they may have shipped them to you as bareroot plants. You should first soak these overnight in a bucket of room temperature water to rehydrate the roots. Then dig the hole as wide as the longest roots, and deep enough to allow you to set the plant atop a mound of soil and still keep the bud union no more than an inch or two below the surface of the soil.
Once you have your rose Golden Angel set in place, spread the roots out in all directions around the mound, and then back fill the hole halfway to start with your soil mix. Take the garden hose and water the soil very heavily until it flows around the roots like mud. Then you can go ahead and fill the hole the remainder of the way. Give it one more heavy watering and be sure to top off any settling that may have occurred. This method should ensure that no air pockets have formed around the roots.
Caring for Golden Angel Roses:
Taking care of your rose Golden Angel is a rather simple matter and you might be pleased to discover that you can follow the same basic rose care guidelines that you use with your other roses. You will need to make sure that you are providing ample water for your roses, without over watering them. A good rule of thumb for most climates is one deep watering per week. If you live in a hot or dry climate however, then you may need to check your roses every couple of days.
You also should provide your roses with a dose of a granular all-purpose fertilizer in the early spring when the leaves begin to form. This will give your Golden Angel roses a good start to the season. Since this is also a repeat bloomer, it will benefit from a few more feedings over the course of the season. I will usually give my roses a second feeding just after the first big bloom, and then a third feeding something around the middle of summer. Your rose Golden Angel will do well on this schedule also.
Pruning Golden Angel Roses:
You should always prune your rose Golden Angel in the early spring before the leaves have formed. Start by removing all the dead and discolored wood and set the cuttings aside. Next, prune back lateral canes that overlap as these will compete for sun light with one another once the leaves open up. 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 Golden Angel roses and get rid of all the dead leaves and debris that has collected there from the previous growing season. Discard all of this material in the trash along with your cuttings. Never let dead matter lay around your roses. Finish up by giving your rose Golden Angel a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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