History of Westerland Roses:
The rose Westerland was first bred in Germany in 1969 by Reimer Kordes, son of the famous rose breeder Wilhelm Kordes who started W. Kordes' Sons nursery in Germany. He created the Westerland by crossing the Friedrich Worlein rose with the floribunda circus rose. The result is a rather uniquely colored rose that starts off as yellow in the centers and darkens outward to shades of orange and apricot.
Westerland roses produce rather large blooms that are just under 5 inches in diameter and produce a very strong fragrance of cloves and spice. As big as the blooms are however, they are not terribly full and will typically contain about 20 to 30 petals each. The blooms on the rose Westerland will form in small clusters atop large leaves that are dark green in color. This rose is classified as a shrub rose, but it will grow anywhere from 4 feet to 12 feet tall and can easily be trained as a climbing rose. It will also reach a width of anywhere up to 4 feet across.
Growing Westerland Roses:
The rose Westerland thrives in zones 5 through 9 and it is both hardy and vigorous. It is well suited for various landscaping ideas because it can be grown as a shrub or trained to grow large and tall like a climbing rose. Westerland does a little better in locations that are on the cool side and it has proven to be highly resistant to diseases. This rose will produce several flushes of blooms each season however you will need to deadhead the spent blooms.
Because Westerland roses are repeat bloomers, you should try to find them a location where they can get a lot of sun light. A good rule of thumb for roses is to give them a minimum of 6 to 8 hours each day of full sun. Most growers will tell you that exposure to the morning sun light is best because this will help dry out the dew from the leaves early in the day and keep your plants healthier. If you plant your rose Westerland in a spot that gets really good air circulation, this will also go a long way towards keeping your rose dry and healthy. You should also make sure that the soil the rose is planted in drains well.
Planting Westerland Roses:
Getting the rose Westerland into the ground is not a difficult task and all you need to get the job done is a few basic hand tools. Before you do any digging however, you should do yourself a favor and pick up a bag of some organic compost from the local garden center. This stuff is not expensive and when you dig your hole, mix the compost in with the soil at a ratio of 1 part compost for every 2 parts soil. You will be amazed at how well your roses establish themselves.
How you plant your Westerland roses does depend a bit on the manner in which you purchased them. If you found them locally, then chances are they were already planted in containers and ready to go. These are the easiest roses to plant because all the guesswork has been done for you. Dig the hole about twice the diameter of the container the plant came in, and equally as deep. This will give you a lot of room around the root ball of your rose Westerland for your new soil mix, but it will keep the bud union at its current depth.
If you had to order your rose Westerland from an online nursery, then chances are it was shipped to you as a bareroot plant. The first thing you will need to do is soak the plant overnight in a bucket of lukewarm water to help rehydrate the roots. Then dig 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 and still keep the bud union about an inch or two below the surface of the soil.
Once you have the rose Westerland set in place, spread the roots out in all directions around the mound and then backfill the hole halfway to start using your new soil mix. Take the garden hose and water the loose soil heavily until it flows around the roots like mud. Then back fill the hole the rest of the way and give it one more heavy watering. Be sure to top off any final settling that may occur. It is also recommended that you mound up some mulch around the exposed canes of your rose, to prevent them from drying out while new roots are forming. Once you see new growth on the plant, you can remove the mound back to ground level.
Caring for Westerland Roses:
Taking care of the rose Westerland is pretty simple and straight forward and you can adopt typical rose bush care guidelines. Start by making sure that your roses get adequate water, but take care not to over water them. A good rule of thumb for most climates is one deep watering each week, unless you live in a hot or dry climate. Then you may need to step up to every 4 to 5 days.
You can also give your Westerland roses a dose of an all-purpose granular fertilizer in early spring when the leaves start to bud. Since this rose is a repeat bloomer, it will benefit greatly from additional feedings over the growing season. I will usually give my roses a second feeding just before the first big bloom, and then a third feeding sometime around mid summer to encourage more late season blooms.
Pruning Westerland Roses:
You should prune the rose Westerland in early spring before the leaves start to bud. Begin by removing all the dead wood, along with canes that are discolored from disease. Next, prune back any canes that overlap one another so they do not compete for sun light once the leaves fully open. Lastly, you can give this climbing rose a light pruning for shape and to encourage new growth.
This is also the time to rake up around the base of your roses to clean up any dead leaves and debris that may have collected there from the previous growing season. Throw this material away in the trash, along with your cuttings. I always finish up by giving my roses a nice fresh layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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