History of Amber Roses:
The rose Amber was first bred in 2000 in Denmark by L. Pernille and Mogens Olesen. Both are owners of Denmark’s famous Poulsen Roser A/S that specializes in roses and clematis. This variety produces gorgeous little blended apricot blended blooms that have a fragrance of wild roses. These small blooms tend to average around one and a half to two inches in diameter and for the most part they look like your typical hybrid tea blooms.
Amber roses are more of the size that most growers would associate with a miniature rose, because they will only grow to about a foot and a half to two feet tall. You will often find this rose planted in containers for use on one’s porch or patio, but you will also find some growers who have found homes for the rose Amber in their smaller flower beds as a border plant. No matter where you choose to grow this beauty it is sure to draw attention. Like most miniature roses, this one is also a repeat bloomer.
Growing Amber Roses:
If you are interested in growing the rose Amber, then you might be happy to know that there really aren’t any special rules that you will need to follow. You can pretty much stick with the tried and true practices that you have been using on your roses for years. The biggest consideration is making sure that you are providing your rose with ample sun light. At a minimum you should be providing at least 6 to 8 hours each day of direct sun light. If you can provide more however, that is even better.
You also want to make sure that your Amber roses are planted in soil that drains well. This will go a long way towards keeping the plant healthy and vigorous. If you are growing your rose in a container then this is just a matter of picking the right potting soil. If you are growing your rose Amber in the garden, then this becomes a larger concern. If you are unsure about the quality of your garden soil, take a trip to the local garden center and pick up a bag of a good organic compost. Mix this is in at a ratio of 1 part compost for every 2 parts soil. Your roses will love it!
Planting Amber Roses:
Getting your rose Amber into the ground is pretty straight forward and just about anyone can do it with a few basic hand tools. If you bought your rose locally, then chances are it was already planted in a container and ready to bloom. These are the easiest to plant. You should dig your hole at least twice the diameter of the container the plant came in, and equally as deep. This will keep the bud union at the same depth it was originally planted, while still giving you ample room for your soil mix around the roots.
Now if you ordered your Amber roses from an online nursery, then they may have shipped them to you as bareroot plants, which is very common. For these you should dig your hole as long as the widest roots, and deep enough to allow you to place the plant atop a mound of soil and keep the bud union no more than an inch or two below the surface.
Once you have your rose Amber set in place, spread the roots out in all directions around the mound and then back fill the hole halfway to start using your soil mix. Take the garden hose and water the loose soil heavily until it flows around the roots like mud, then go ahead and back fill the hole the rest of the way. This method should ensure that no air pockets have formed around the roots.
You also may want to cover the exposed canes with some fresh mulch until new growth has formed. This will help prevent the canes from drying out.
Caring for Amber Roses:
Taking care of the rose Amber is pretty easy and once again, you can stick with the typical rose care guidelines that you are used to. You will want to make sure that you are providing them with enough water, but being careful not to overwater them. For most climates one deep watering is usually sufficient, however if you are in a hot or dry climate then you will need to check them every couple of days.
You should also give your Amber roses a dose of a good all-purpose granular fertilizer in the early spring when the leaves start to form. Since they are repeat bloomers, they will benefit greatly from additional feedings over the course of the growing season. I usually give my roses a second dose just after the first big bloom, and then a third does sometime around the middle of the summer. Your rose Amber will do well on this schedule also.
Pruning Amber Roses:
You are going to want to prune the rose Amber in the early spring before the leaves form. Start by removing all the dead and discolored wood and set the cuttings aside. Next, prune back any lateral canes that overlap, and give the remaining canes a cut back about one third of their current height. This will encourage new growth.
This is also the time to clean up around the base of your Amber roses and get rid of all the dead leaves and debris that has collected there from the previous growing season. Discard all of this material in the trash along with your cuttings. Never let decaying matter lay around your roses as it can turn into a breeding ground for pests and diseases. I always finish up my pruning by giving my roses a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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