History of Headliner Roses:
The hybrid tea rose Headliner was first bred in 1985 in the United States by William Warriner and later introduced to market by Jackson & Perkins. Warriner spent 25 yrs breeding roses with Jackson & Perkins before he died at the age of 69 and he is credited for raising some 150 different types of roses during his tenure. This rose was created by crossing the grandiflora rose Love with the hybrid tea rose Color Magic. The result is a great pink blended hybrid tea with a soft cream colored center.
The blooms on Headliner roses will be typical for hybrid tea roses with an average size of around 4 to 5 inches in diameter. The blooms will have a mild fragrance and they will be quite full with as many as 40 petals per bloom. The plant itself will grow somewhere around 4 feet or so tall with a width between 2 and 3 feet across. The rose Headliner is somewhat more tolerant of warmer climates than it is colder ones and you will find it does best in zones 7 and warmer.
Growing Headliner Roses:
Growing the rose Headliner is not at all difficult and if you have had any past experience growing roses then you should not find this one to be all that challenging. The biggest choice you will make in the life of your roses is where in your garden you decide to grow them. Roses in general will require a lot of sun light if you want them to give you their best performance. For this reason among others, try to select a location where they will receive no less than 6 to 8 hours a day of full sun.
You also will need to grow your Headliner roses in soil that drains well. This is very important to the overall health and well being of your hybrid tea roses. This is also a rather easy thing to accomplish as there are a wide variety of soil mixes available on the market today. Simply select the one that best suits your needs. Another important factor in growing the rose Headliner is selecting a location that gets good airflow through your garden. This is extremely important as dry leaves lead to a more healthy rose plant.
Planting Headliner Roses:
Getting your rose Headliner into the ground is pretty straight forward however it does depend a little bit on how you purchased your rose. If you bought one locally, then chances are it was already established in a container and ready to bloom. These are the easiest to plant. Dig your hole at least twice the diameter of the container it came in, and equally as deep. This will keep the bud union at its original depth while giving you ample room around the roots for your soil mix.
If you bought your Headliner roses online, then they might have shipped them to you as bareroot plants, which is not uncommon. You should first soak these overnight 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 place the plant on top of a mound of soil while keeping the bud union about an inch or so below the surface.
Once you have your rose Headliner set 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. Take the garden hose and water the loose soil heavily until it flows around the roots like mud, then go ahead and fill the hole the rest of the way. Give the soil one more heavy watering and then top off any final settling that may occur. This method should make sure that you do not get air pockets under the soil.
Depending on your climate around planting time you may want to mound up some fresh mulch around the exposed canes, to help prevent them from drying out until new growth starts to form.
Caring for Headliner Roses:
Taking care of the rose Headliner is not difficult and once again, any prior experience growing roses will certainly come in handy. You will need to make sure that you are providing your roses with 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 climate, then you should probably check on your roses every 4 to 5 days.
You also should consider giving your Headliner roses a dose of a granular all-purpose fertilizer in the spring when the leaves begin to form. This will give them a great start to the season. Like most hybrid tea roses, this one is also a repeat bloomer so it will benefit greatly from a few additional feedings over the course of the growing season. I will 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. Your rose Headliner will do well on this schedule also.
Pruning Headliner Roses:
You should prune the rose Headliner in the very early spring when the weather starts to turn but before the leaves begin to bud. This makes it much easier to see what you are doing. Start by removing all the dead and discolored wood from the plant and set your cuttings aside. Next, prune back any overlapping lateral canes as these will eventually 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 the time to clean up around the base of your Headliner roses and get rid of all the dead leaves and debris that tend to collect there over the course of the year. Throw away all of this material in the trash along with your cuttings. 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 Headliner a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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