Playboy roses were first bred in 1976 in Scotland by Alexander Cocker. The Cocker family has been breeding roses since 1841 when founder James Cocker began the family business. Since then they are credited with bringing many wonderful varieties to market. The rose Playboy was created by crossing the City of Leeds rose with an offspring off the roses Chanelle and Piccadilly. The result is a stunning red and yellow Floribunda rose that certainly lives up to its namesake.
The rose Playboy will produce blooms that are typical for most Floribundas. The blooms will be in small clusters, have around 10 petals each, and they will have a great subtle fragrance that smells like apples. The plant will grow about 3 to 4 feet tall and stretch out to a width of about 2 to 4 feet across at full maturity. This is a rose that is highly resistant to diseases and will flourish in zones 6 and warmer.
Growing the rose Playboy is not a difficult thing to do and if you have any prior experience growing roses, then you should not find this variety to be all that challenging. The biggest decision you will have to make in the life of your roses is where in the garden you want to grow them. Roses in general will need an awful lot of sun light if you want them to perform at their best, and this variety is no exception. Try to select a location that gets at least 6 to 8 hours a day or more, of direct sun light.
You also will need to grow your Playboy roses in soil that drains well. Roses tend to perform very poorly if you keep them damp for long periods of time. This is one mistake I see many newer rose growers make, however it is also one of the easiest to overcome. You will find that there are a wide range of soil mixes available on the market, specifically designed for growing roses. All you need to do is select the one you most prefer. Your rose Playboy will thank you for it.
Getting the rose Playboy into the ground is not all that difficult either, and most growers can get the job done fairly easily with a few basic hand tools. How you purchased your rose does determine how you go about planting it. If you picked up your rose at a local nursery, 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, and equally as deep. This will give you ample room around the roots for your soil mix, while keeping the bud union at its original depth.
If you bought your Playboy roses online, then there is a very good chance that they were shipped to you as bareroot plants, which is not uncommon. You should first soak the roots on these overnight in a bucket of lukewarm water to rehydrate the roots. Then dig you hole about as wide as the longest roots, 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 Playboy set in place on top of the mound, spread the roots out in all directions around the mound and then back fill the hole about halfway to start, using 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 might occur. Do not tamp down the soil.
Taking care of the rose Playboy is a pretty simple matter and once again, if you have any prior experience growing roses, then you should not have too much trouble with this variety. You will need to make sure that you provide your roses with ample water, while being careful not to overdo it. For most climates this amounts to about one deep watering every week. If you live in a climate that is unusually hot and dry, you should check on your roses every 4 or 5 days.
You also should consider giving your Playboy roses a dose of a granular all-purpose fertilizer in the early spring when the leaves begin to form. This will give your roses a great jump on the season. Like most Floribundas, this variety is also a repeat bloomer so it will benefit greatly if you give it a few additional feedings over the course of the growing season. I will give my roses a second dose right after they complete their first big bloom, then a third dose sometime around the middle of the summer to encourage some late season flushes. Your rose Playboy will do well on this schedule also.
You should prune your rose Playboy in the very early spring, after the weather breaks but before the roses have opened. 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 from the plant as these will compete for sun light once 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 the time to cleanup around the base of your Playboy roses and get rid of all the dead leaves and debris that tend to collect there over the growing season. Never let this dead material lay around your roses as it can quickly turn into a breeding ground for various pests and diseases. Throw all of this away in the trash, along with your cuttings. Finish up your pruning by giving your rose Playboy a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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