Admired Miranda roses were first bred in 1982 by David Austin in the United Kingdom. David is one of the world’s most recognized names in rose breeding and he specializes in old English shrub and climbing roses. This particular rose of his was created by crossing two The Friar roses. The result is a classic soft pink shrub rose that produces blooms that average about 3.5 inches in diameter.
The blooms on the rose Admired Miranda will be somewhat full, carrying around 40 or so petals each and they will have a nice strong fragrance. The plant itself will grow only to about 4 feet tall at full maturity with a width just a little smaller than that. This rose is susceptible to blackspot, mildew, and rust, so you will need to make sure that you pay extra attention to it in your garden if you choose to grow it. The rose Admired Miranda should do well in most regions within zones 6 through 9.
Growing the rose Admired Miranda is not hard and if you have any past experience growing roses, then you should not find this one to be all that tough. The most important decision you will make in the life of your roses is where in your garden you choose to grow them. Roses need a lot of sun light if you want them to perform at their best and this one is no exception. Try to pick a spot in your garden that gets no less than 6 hours every day of full sun. If you are able to give more, then that is even better.
You also will need to grow your Admired Miranda roses in soil that drains very well. This is a somewhat simple thing to accomplish but I am always amazed at how many growers overlook this very important point. Roses that are grown in poor soil will usually underperform, but even worse, they often tend to become weak and sickly plants. If you are unsure about the quality of your garden soil, your best bet is to pick up a bag or two of a good soil mix from your local garden center that is designed specifically for roses. In the long run your rose Admired Miranda will thank you for it.
Getting your rose Admired Miranda into the ground is not a difficult task and most growers find that they can get the job done pretty easily with just a few basic hand tools. How you go about planting your roses depends a little bit on how you purchased them. If you found one at your local nursery, then most likely they already had it planted in a container and ready to bloom. 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 planting depth.
If you bought your Admired Miranda roses online, they may have shipped them to you as bareroot plants, which is not uncommon. You should first soak the roots of these overnight in a bucket of room temperature water, prior to planting day, to rehydrate the roots. Then dig your hole as wide as the longest roots on the plant, and deep enough to let you set the plant on top of a mound of soil while keeping the bud union no more than an inch or so below the surface once filled.
Once you have your rose Admired Miranda set in place on top of the mound, spread the roots out in all directions and then back fill the hole about halfway to start, using your soil mix. Take your garden hose and water the loose soil heavily until it flows all over the roots like mud, then you can go ahead and finish filling the hole the rest of the way. Give the loose soil one last heavy watering and be sure to top off any final settling that might occur. This method should make sure that you don’t get any air pockets around the roots of your plant.
Taking care of the rose Admired Miranda is pretty straight forward and once again, any past experience you may have growing roses will sure come in handy here as well. You will need to make sure that you are providing your roses with enough water and nutrients, while taking care not to overdo it. For most climates, this usually amounts to one deep watering every week. If your region is hot or dry, then you may need to check on your roses every 4 to 5 days just to be safe.
You also should consider giving your Admired Miranda roses a dose of a granular all purpose fertilizer in the spring when you see the leaves starting to open. This will get your roses off to a strong start on the season. Most of David’s creations tend to be repeat bloomers, but unfortunately this one is not one of them. You may however discover that you will get the occasional repeat bloom later in the season, so it is up to you if you want to provide your rose Admired Miranda with additional feedings throughout the season.
You should prune the rose Admired Miranda in the late winter or very early spring, whenever the weather in your area starts to warm, but before the leaves start to open. This makes pruning much easier on you and the plant. 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 cannot compete for sun light when the leaves fully open. Lastly, give any remaining canes a cut back by about one third of their current height to promote new growth.
This is also the best time to clean up around the base of your Admired Miranda roses to get rid of all the dead leaves and debris that often collect there over the season. Throw away all of this material in the trash along with your cuttings. Never let dead matter gather around your roses for very long or it can quickly turn into a breeding ground for different pests and diseases. Finish up your pruning by giving your rose Admired Miranda a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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