History of Stormy Weather Roses:
The first rose Stormy Weather was bred in 1994 in the United States by Ernest Williams. Williams is a popular miniature rose breeder out of Texas who has since retired, but is credited with bringing many wonderful roses to market during his time. Stormy Weather was created by crossing a generic seedling with the rose Twilight Trail. The result is a pretty little blended mauve rose that produces blooms that average about an inch and a half in diameter.
Stormy Weather roses will grow to about 18 to 30 inches tall at full maturity. The blooms tend to have a strong fragrance which makes them excellent choices for containers on your porch or patio where their fragrances can really create an ambiance. The blooms also tend to be quite full, having as many as 40 petals per bloom. Like most miniatures, the rose Stormy Weather is a repeat bloomer and will give me many great blooms throughout the season, given the proper growing conditions.
Growing Stormy Weather Roses:
Growing the rose Stormy Weather is really not all that difficult and you can follow the same guidelines as you would with most other roses. The most important decision you make is where to grow your roses. Sun light is a huge factor in performance, the more the better. While most varieties will survive in partial shade, you are going to want to give them a minimum of 6 to 8 hours each day of direct sun light, if you want the most blooms you can get.
You also will want to grow your Stormy Weather roses in soil that drains well. This is pretty easy if you are going to grow them in containers as you can just buy the right potting mix for the job. If you are going to plant the rose Stormy Weather in your garden however, this becomes a much bigger concern. If you aren’t sure about the quality of your garden soil, I always make sure that I have a bag of organic compost handy before I do any planting. This is available at most garden centers. Mix this in with your soil at a ratio of 1 part compost for every 2 parts soil. This is a great planting mix and your roses will absolutely love it!
Planting Stormy Weather Roses:
Planting the rose Stormy Weather is rather easy and you can get the job done with a few basic hand tools. How you go about planting does depend a little on where you purchased your rose from. If you found one at a local nursery then it was probably already planted in a container and ready to bloom. These are the easiest to plant. Dig a hole that is twice the diameter of the container, and equally as deep. This will give you plenty of room for your new soil mix, while still keeping the bud union at its current depth.
If you bought Stormy Weather roses online, then they may have shipped them to you as bareroot plants, which is very common. You should first soak these overnight in a bucket of lukewarm water, prior to planting day. Then dig yourself a hole that is as wide as the longest roots, and deep enough to allow you to set the plant atop a mound of soil, while keeping the bud union no more than an inch or two below the surface of the soil.
Set your rose Stormy Weather in place atop the mound and spread the roots out in all directions. Back fill the hole only halfway to start, then take the garden hose and water the loose soil heavily until it flows around the roots like mud. Go ahead and back fill the hole the rest of the way and give it one more heavy watering, being sure to top off any final settling that may have occurred. This method should ensure that no air pockets have formed around the roots. You also may want to mound up some fresh soil around the exposed canes to keep them from drying out until new growth has formed.
Caring for Stormy Weather Roses:
Taking care of the rose Stormy Weather is fairly easy and the instructions are much the same as you would do for any rose. You will need to provide enough water to the plant to keep it blooming, however you need to be careful not to overdo it. A good rule of thumb for most climates is one deep watering per week. If you live in a hot or dry climate, or are growing in containers, you will need to check it every couple of days.
You should also give your Stormy Weather roses a dose of a good all-purpose granular fertilizer in the early spring when the leaves start to open up. Since this is a repeat bloomer like most miniature roses, you should consider giving it a few additional feedings over the course of the growing season. I will usually give my roses a second feeding just after the first big bloom, and then a third sometime around the middle of summer to encourage additional blooms. Your rose Stormy Weather will do well on this schedule also.
Pruning Stormy Weather Roses:
You should always prune the rose Stormy Weather in the early spring before the leaves start to form. Start by removing all the dead and discolored wood from the plant. Then prune back any lateral canes that overlap one another as these will eventually compete for sun light once the leaves fully open. Lastly, give the remaining canes a cut back about one third of their current height.
This is also a good time to clean up around the base of your Stormy Weather roses and get rid of all the dead leaves and debris that has collected there. Throw away all of this material in the trash along with your cuttings. Never let decaying matter lay around your roses as it can quickly turn into a breeding ground for various pests and diseases. Finish up your pruning by giving your rose Stormy Weather a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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