Traumerei roses were first bred in 1974 in Germany by Reimer Kordes. The Kordes family is one of the most renowned rose breeders in Europe with their experience spanning several generations of rose hybridizers. This particular variety was produced by crossing the Colour Wonder rose with an unnamed seedling. The result is a truly gorgeous salmon colored or orangish blended rose with a very strong fragrance.
The rose Traumerei will grow somewhat typical for a floribunda rose, reaching heights of about 2 to 3 feet at full maturity, with a width of just a little less than its height. The blooms will average about 3.5 inches in diameter and they will be fairly full with around 25 or so petals each. This rose will actually do quite well in a container and you can bring its great color and fragrance onto your porch or patio. The rose Traumerei will do very well in zones 6 and warmer.
Growing the rose Traumerei is not all that difficult and if you have any past experience growing roses, then you should not find this variety to be all that difficult. The biggest choice you will make in the life of your roses is where in the garden you choose to grow them. Roses in general require a lot of sun light if you want them to perform at their best, and this variety is no exception. Try to select a spot in your garden that will get no less than 6 to 8 hours a day of direct sun light. If you can provide even more, all the better!
You also are going to want to grow your Traumerei roses in soil that drains very well. You would not think that this is something that needs said but I am always surprised at how many times I see this mistake made. Roses that are grown in soil that stays too wet for long periods of time tend to do very poorly and they will usually not produce near as many blooms. This is however a very easy issue to fix. You will find that most garden centers carry a wide range of soil mixes, many of which are designed specifically for roses. Choose the one that best suits your application and use that. Your rose Traumerei will thank you for it in the long run.
Getting the rose Traumerei into the ground is pretty easy but how you go about it does depend a little bit on how you originally purchased it in the first place. If you bought your rose from a local nursery, then chances are it was already established for you in a container. These are the easiest roses to plant. Dig your hole at least twice the diameter of the container and equally as deep. This will give you plenty of room around the roots for your soil mix while keeping the bud union at its original depth.
If you bought your Traumerei roses online, then they might have shipped them to you as bareroot plants, which is very common. You should first soak the roots of these overnight in a bucket of room temperature water, prior to planting day. Then dig your hole as wide as the longest roots on the plant, 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 below the surface of the soil.
Once you have the rose Traumerei set in place on the mound, spread the roots out in all directions and then back fill the hole about halfway, using your soil mix. Water the loose soil heavily until it flows around the roots like mud, then you can finish filling the hole. Give the soil one more heavy watering and be sure to top off any final settling that may occur. Do not tamp down the soil. This method should make sure that no air pockets have formed around the roots.
Taking care of the rose Traumerei is pretty straight forward and once again, any past experience you may have growing roses will certainly come in handy here as well. You will need to make sure that you are providing your rose with enough water and nutrients, while taking care not to overdo it. For most climates this amounts to about one deep watering every week. If your climate is unusually hot or dry, then you should check on your roses every couple of days just to be safe.
You also should consider giving your Traumerei roses a dose of a granular all-purpose fertilizer in the early spring when the leaves begin to open up. This will give your roses a great head start to the growing season. Like most floribunda roses, this one is also a repeat bloomer, which means it will benefit nicely from additional feedings over the course of the growing season. I usually give my roses their second feeding right after the first big bloom, and then a third feeding sometime around the middle of the summer to encourage late season flushes. Your rose Traumerei should do very well on this schedule as well.
You should prune your rose Traumerei in the very early spring when the weather starts to warm, but before the leaves have begun to open. This will make your pruning so much easier. Start by removing all the dead and discolored wood from the plant and set your cuttings aside. Next, prune back any overlapping lateral canes 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 to promote new growth.
This is also the time to clean up around the base of your Traumerei roses and get rid of all the dead leaves and debris that may have collected there from the last growing season. Throw all of this material away in the trash, along with your cuttings. Never let dead 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 Traumerei a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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