History of Simplicity Roses:
The rose Simplicity was created in 1978 in the United States by William Warriner and introduced soon thereafter by Jackson & Perkins. William Warriner was a breeder who worked for J&P for 25 years and is given credit for breeding and raising over 150 different varieties of roses before he passed away in 1991 at only 69 years of age. This gorgeous pink floribunda rose was created by crossing the floribunda Iceberg rose with a generic seedling. The result was an exceptional variety of pink rose that has a mild scent and can thrive in zones 6 and warmer.
Simplicity roses will grow to a height of about 5 feet tall and produce elegant blooms that average about 3.5 inches in diameter. The blooms form in clusters and each one can contain as many as 25 petals. The rose Simplicity does have a fragrance however it is quite subtle. This variety tends to grow quite thick and bushy and it can be grown in any landscaping idea as well as a hedge or container rose. If you grow this rose in a container you will need to make sure that you provide it with adequate freeze protection.
Growing Simplicity Roses:
The rose Simplicity is a repeat bloomer which means you will need to deadhead the spent blooms as well as provide it with adequate growing conditions to enable it to bloom multiple times throughout the growing season. The most important aspect of this is choosing the right location. This rose requires a lot of sun light to give you its best performance and it will not lend itself well to shady spots. A good rule of thumb is to provide it with a minimum of 6 to 8 hours of direct sun light each day.
It is preferable that you try to find it a spot that get the morning sun light as this will greatly help burn away the morning dew and add to the overall health of the plant. You will also need to make sure that you find a spot for your Simplicity roses that drains well and has good air circulation around your plant. Roses in general are not tolerant of damp soil for long periods of time and you will make them vulnerable to certain pests and diseases. The rose Simplicity is no different.
Planting Simplicity Roses:
If you ordered your rose Simplicity online, then you probably received it as a bareroot plant and before you plant it in the ground you should first soak it in a bucket of lukewarm water overnight. This will help bring the plant out of dormancy. Also before you start digging, I suggest taking a trip to the local garden center or nursery and picking up a bag of organic compost to use as an amendment in your soil. No matter how good you think your soil is, it can always be better! Mix the compost in with the freshly dug soil at a ratio of 2 parts soil to 1 part compost. Your roses will thank you for it!
When planting bareroot Simplicity roses, dig yourself a hole that is plenty wide enough to fit the roots that are on the plant. The idea here is you do not want to have to force the roots to fit the hole. They should lay out naturally. You will need to dig it deep enough as well so that you can set your rose Simplicity onto a mound of soil in the center, and still maintain a bud union depth of about an inch or two below the surface of the soil.
Once your rose is set at the proper depth, lay out the roots in all directions angling down the sides of the mound. Then back fill the hole about halfway to start with your new soil mix. Water it thoroughly until it is just about the consistency of mud and then back fill the hole the rest of the way. This method will ensure that the roots of your rose Simplicity are completely covered and there are no air pockets under the surface of the soil.
If you bought you Simplicity roses locally, then they probably came in a medium sized container ready to bloom or already blooming. These are even easier to plant. For containers, I always like to dig a hole that is twice the diameter of the container the plant came in, and equally as deep. This will give you plenty of room for your new soil mix around the root ball, while still maintaining the same bud union depth that the rose had in the container.
Caring for Simplicity Roses:
The rose Simplicity is a repeat bloomer so you will need to make sure that you deadhead the spent blooms with each new flush if you want it to keep giving your stunning blooms. You also will need to monitor its moisture levels. A good rule of thumb is one deep watering each week.
You can also feed your roses with a dose of an all-purpose granular fertilizer in the spring time when the leaves start to bud. For repeat bloomers such as this one, I also will give them a second dose as the first big bloom starts to form, and one more around mid-summer to encourage more blooms. Just make sure that you leave about 4 weeks in between each feeding.
Pruning Simplicity Roses:
Pruning the rose Simplicity should always be done in early spring before the leaves begin to bud. Start by removing all the dead wood and any canes that look diseased or discolored. Next, start cutting back any canes that overlap one another as these will inevitably compete for sun light when the leaves fully open up. Lastly, cut back all the remaining canes by one third of their current height.
This is also a great time to clean up around the base of your roses. Rake up any dead leaves and debris and dispose of them in the trash along with your cuttings. Never let decaying matter lay around the base of your roses as these could invite pests and diseases to your plants. Also never throw rose cuttings onto the compost pile.
Finally, finish up by giving your rose Simplicity a nice layer of fresh mulch to start off the growing season.
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