Intrigue roses were first bred prior to 1981 in the United States by William Warriner. They were later introduced to market in the US in 1982 by Jackson & Perkins. Bill Warriner is a world renowned rose breeder who spent 25 years working for Jackson & Perkins and is credited with raising over 150 different types of roses. The rose Intrigue was created by crossing the White Masterpiece rose, with the hybrid tea Heirloom rose. The result is a reddish purple Floribunda rose that is absolutely wonderful.
The rose Intrigue will be pretty typical for a Floribunda, producing nice lush blooms in small clusters around the entire plant. The blooms will have a great strong fragrance and will carry roughly 20 or so petals each. The plant itself will grow to a height of about 3 to 5 feet tall at full maturity. This is a great choice of roses for just about any garden or flower bed you might be planning. You will also often find this rose growing in containers on someone’s porch or patio. This very disease resistant Floribunda really is a joy to grow.
Growing the rose Intrigue is not difficult and if you have any past experience growing roses, you should not find this variety to be challenging at all. The biggest decision you will have to make in the life of your roses is where in the garden you choose to grow them. Keep in mind that roses will require a lot of sun light if you want them to perform well and this variety is no exception. Try to select a location where they will get at least 6 to 8 hours a day of full sun. if you can provide them with even more then that is preferable.
You also will need to grow your Intrigue roses in soil that drains very well. Again, roses typically do not do very well if they are grown in soil that is constantly damp. This can lead to a variety of common rose diseases and pest infestations. If you can stick your finger into the soil at the base of the plant and it comes out wet, then you should probably wait another day or two and check them again. It is not a bad thing to allow your rose Intrigue dry out a little bit in-between waterings.
Getting your rose Intrigue into the ground is a pretty simple task, however the process is a little different depending on how you purchased your roses. If you bought one at a local nursery, then chances are they were already established in a container for you and ready to bloom. These are the easiest roses to get planted. All you need to do is dig a hole that is at least twice the diameter of the container and equally as deep. This gives you ample room around the roots system for your soil mix while still keeping the bud union at its current depth.
If you bought your Intrigue roses online, then there is a very good chance they were shipped to you as bareroot plants, which is not uncommon. You should first soak these in a bucket of lukewarm 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 of the soil.
Once you have your rose Intrigue set in place on top of the mound, spread the roots out in all directions and then back fill the hole only halfway to start with your soil mix. Take the garden hose and give the soil a nice heavy watering until it flows around the roots like mud. Then you can go ahead and 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 may have occurred. Never tamp down the soil.
Taking care of the rose Intrigue is not a difficult task and once again, any prior experience you have growing roses will certainly come in handy here as well. The biggest thing you need to worry about is making sure that your roses are getting enough water and nutrients, while taking care not to overdo it. For most climates, this amounts to about one deep watering per week. If you live in a region that is hot or dry, then you may need to check your roses every 4 to 5 days.
You also should consider giving your Intrigue roses a dose of a granular all-purpose fertilizer in the early spring when the leaves begin to open up. This will give your roses a fast jump on the season. Like most Floribundas, this variety is also a repeat bloomer, so it will benefit nicely from a couple additional feedings over the course of the growing season. I will usually give my roses their second feeding immediately following the first big bloom, and then a third feeding sometime around the middle of the summer to encourage late season flushes. Your rose Intrigue will do nicely only this schedule also.
You should prune your rose Intrigue in the very early spring when the weather starts to break but before the leaves open up. This makes pruning much easier. Start by removing all the dead and discolored wood from the plant and set your cuttings aside. Next, cut back any overlapping lateral canes from the plant as these will eventually compete with one another for sun light when all 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 a great time to clean up around the base of your Intrigue roses and get rid of all the dead leaves and debris that may have collected there. 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 become a breeding ground for pests and diseases. Finish up your pruning by giving your rose Intrigue a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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