History of Just Joey Roses:
The hybrid tea rose Just Joey was first bred in 1972 in the United Kingdom by Cants of Colchester. This family of rose breeders has been creating roses for over two centuries. This particular variety was created by crossing the Fragrant Cloud hybrid tea rose, with the rose Dr AJ Verhage. The result is a great orange blended rose that has a great, strong fragrance. The blooms will form in small clusters and the petals will have a somewhat ruffle to their edges.
The blooms on Just Joey roses will be of a very nice size, around 5 inches or so in diameter. The plant itself will stay fairly compact in its growth habit and will grow to about 4 feet tall at full maturity, with a width of around the same. You will often find this rose grown as a border plant and because of its shorter nature, it makes for a fine container rose on your porch or patio. The rose Just Joey will do best if grown in zones 7 through 10.
Growing Just Joey Roses:
Growing the rose Just Joey is relatively straight forward and for most people, if you have any past experience growing hybrid tea roses, those skills will come in handy. The biggest decision you will make in the life of this rose is where in the garden you decide to grow it. You should select a site that gets good air flow and a lot of direct sun. Roses need a lot of sun light to give their best performance so try to give them no less than 6 to 8 hours each day.
You also will need to grow your Just Joey roses in soil that drains well. This will go a long way towards keeping your roses strong and healthy. This is one of the biggest mistakes that I see newer growers make when growing roses. I always tell them, if you are unsure about the quality of your garden soil, take a trip to the local garden center and pick up a bag of organic compost. Mix this into your garden soil at a ratio of 1 part compost for every 2 parts soil. This is a great mix and your rose Just Joey will love it as well.
Planting Just Joey Roses:
Getting your rose Just Joey into the ground is not at all difficult and you should be able to get the job done with just a few basic hand tools. If you bought your rose from a local nursery, then it was probably already planted in a container for you. These are the easiest to plant. Dig your hole at least twice the diameter of the container and equally as deep. This leaves you ample room for your soil mix while keeping the bud union at the same depth it was originally planted.
If you bought your Just Joey roses online, then perhaps they 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 to rehydrate the roots. Then dig the hole as wide as the longest roots, and deep enough so that you can place the plant on top of a mound of soil while keeping the bud union no more than an inch or two below the surface.
Once you have your rose Just Joey set in place on the mound, spread the roots all around and back fill the hole only halfway to start, with your soil mix. Take your garden hose and water the loose soil heavily until it flows around the roots like mud, then you can go ahead and fill 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 occur. This method should make sure that you don’t get air pockets around the roots.
If your climate is hot or dry during planting, you may want to mound up some fresh mulch around the exposed canes of the plant, to help prevent them from drying out while new growth is forming. After which you can remove the mound down to ground level.
Caring for Just Joey Roses:
Taking care of the rose Just Joey is much the same as any other hybrid tea rose, so again, any prior experience growing roses is most helpful. You will need to provide your rose with enough water to perform, while making sure not to overwater it. For most mild climates, this amounts to one deep watering per week. If your climate is hot or dry, then you should check your roses every couple of days.
You should give your Just Joey roses a dose of a granular all-purpose fertilizer in the early spring, when you see the leaves start to form. This will give them a good jump on the season. Like most hybrid tea roses, this one is also a repeat bloomer, so it will do nicely with a few additional feedings. I 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. Your rose Just Joey will do well on this schedule also.
Pruning Just Joey Roses:
You should prune your rose Just Joey in the very early spring, after the weather breaks but before the leaves start to bud. Start by removing all the dead and discolored wood from the plant and set these aside. Next, prune back any lateral canes that overlap one another so these do not 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.
This is also the time to clean up around the base of your Just Joey roses and get rid of all those dead leaves and debris that tends to collect there. Discard all of this material in the trash, along with your cuttings. Never let dead matter lay around your roses as this can become an invitation to various pests and diseases. Finish up your pruning by giving your roses a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the new growing season.
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