History of Scentimental Roses:
The rose Scentimental was first created in the United States in 1997 by Tom Carruth. It was later introduced for commercial sale by Weeks Roses out of Upland, CA. Many rose growers have come to know the name Tom Carruth as he is one of the leading hybridizers in the United States. He won his first AARS with this particular rose, and later went on to win two more with the Betty Boop rose and the Fourth of July rose.
Scentimental roses were created by crossing the Playboy rose with the Peppermint Twist rose. The result of this was the first striped rose to ever win the AARS award. The gorgeous blooms on this rose are usually red and white striped but often they have cream colored stripes. The rose Scentimental has a fairly strong damask fragrance that many growers feel is more of a spice flavor. The blooms get quite large on this rose, averaging just under 5 inches in diameter and each bloom can have as many as 25 to 35 petals each. The blooms will generally form in small clusters of 5 or so blooms each, making for a truly striking display with each bloom cycle.
Growing Scentimental Roses:
The rose Scentimental is a floribunda rose that stays somewhat compact and will grow to about 3 or 4 feet tall with a similar but slightly smaller width. This is a repeat bloomer which means if you provide it with the proper care and growing conditions, it will bloom for you repeatedly over the growing season. It also means that you will need to provide this rose with adequate sun light if you would like to get the most blooms possible. Try to choose a location that gets at least 6 to 8 hours each day of direct sun light for best results.
Scentimental roses are also susceptible to blackspot so you should pay special attention to how well the soil drains in the flower bed you wish to plant them in. Proper air circulation can go a long way towards drying out the leaves of your roses and making them more resistant to diseases. I've found that roses tend to stay healthiest in my gardens if I can give them exposure to the morning sun light. This helps to quickly dry out the dew that collects on the leaves.
Planting Scentimental Roses:
Planting the rose Scentimental is a pretty easy task and just about anyone can do it with basic hand tools. The first thing I always recommend to newer gardeners before they start digging is to take a trip to the local garden center and pick up a bag of organic compost. When you dig your hole, mix the compost into the loose soil at a ratio of 2 parts soil to 1 part compost. This stuff really makes a great amendment to almost any soil type and I've found roses absolutely love it.
How you plant your Scentimental roses depends in part on how you purchased them. If you bought them locally, then they probably came in a container about 2 or 3 gallons in size. These are the easiest to plant. Dig your hole at least twice the diameter of the container and equally as deep. This gives you ample room to surround the root ball with your new soil mix, while still keeping the bud union at its current depth, like it was in the container.
If you ordered the rose Scentimental online, then it probably was shipped to you as a bareroot plant still dormant. Before putting these into the ground you really should soak them overnight in a bucket of lukewarm water. Then dig yourself a hole that is wide enough to fit all the roots without bending or forcing them into the hole. The whole should also be deep enough so that you can set your rose Scentimental on top of a mound of the soil mix, and still keep the bud union an inch or two below the surface of the soil.
Once you set your rose in place in the hole, back fill it halfway to start with your new soil mix. Take your garden hose and water the loose soil heavily so that it runs like mud all around the roots. Then go ahead and back fill the hole the rest of the way and give it one more heavy watering. This should ensure that the roots of your rose Scentimental are completely covered and no air pockets have formed.
Caring for Scentimental Roses:
Like most roses, the rose Scentimental requires ample water but it will not do well if you keep it constantly damp for long periods of time. A good rule of thumb is to give it one deep watering every week whether by rainfall or by the garden hose.
Also since this is a repeat bloomer you can benefit from feeding your Scentimental roses a couple times over the growing season. The first feeding should be given in early spring when the leaves first bud to help it grow quickly. I usually will give the second feeding just as the first big bloom starts to form. I will give my roses a 3rd feeding around the middle of the summer to help promote additional blooms.
Pruning Scentimental Roses:
Pruning the rose Scentimental should be done in early spring before the leaves start to develop. Begin by cutting away all the dead wood along with any canes that may be diseased and discolored. Next, prune back canes that overlap one another because these will eventually compete with one another for sun light once the leaves all fully open. Lastly, cut back the remaining main canes about one third of whatever their current height is. This will help to encourage new growth.
You should also take this time to clean up around the base of your rose Scentimental. Never let dead leaves and cutting lay around the base of your roses as these will invite pests and diseases to your plants. Dispose of them in the trash, never in the compost pile. I always finish up my pruning by giving my roses a fresh layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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