History of Amber Star Roses:
The rose Amber Star was first discovered in 1999 in Canada by rose breeder Jim Pazdzierski. It is believed that this variety is a sport of the Glowing Amber rose. It was introduced to market the following year under the name Brittany’s Glowing Star. This miniature rose is quite the head turner and it will do well in either a flower bed, or in a container on your porch or patio.
Amber Star roses grow a little taller than some of the miniature roses you might be used to seeing. This variety will grow up to about 30 inches tall at full maturity. It will produce blooms that are amber – orange colored, with the bottoms of the petals being a gold or yellow color. The blooms will average about 2 inches in diameter and they will tend to be very full, having as many as 40 petals per bloom. This particular miniature rose has very little fragrance, so its greatest asset of the rose Amber Star is its pretty little flowers.
Growing Amber Star Roses:
Growing the rose Amber Star is pretty straight forward and this variety requires much the same growing conditions as other miniature roses you might be growing. Most important, you should select a growing location that gets a lot of sun light. Many growers will place their roses in partial shade, and then be disappointed with the results. A good rule of thumb is to provide them with at least 6 to 8 hours each day of direct sun light.
You are also going to want to make sure that you plant your Amber Star roses in soil that drains well. This is not such a big issue if you grow them in containers as you can choose the potting soil you use, and containers tend to dry out quicker anyway. But if you grow them in one of your flower beds, this is a larger concern. If you are unsure about the quality of your garden soil, I suggest taking a trip to the local garden center and pick up a bag of organic compost. Mix the compost in with the soil at a ratio of 1 part compost for every 2 parts soil. This is a great general planting mix and your rose Amber Star should love it.
Planting Amber Star Roses:
Getting the rose Amber Star into the ground is a pretty simple matter. If you bought your rose locally, then more than likely it was already planted in a container and ready to bloom. These are the easiest to plant. Dig yourself a hole that is twice the diameter of the container, and equally as deep. This will give you ample room around the roots for your soil mix, while keeping the bud union at its current depth. This is very important!
Now if you order Amber Star roses online, then there’s a good chance they were shipped to you as bareroot plants. This is not unusual or a problem, but the planting is a little different. You should first soak these overnight in a bucket of room temperature water to help rehydrate the roots prior to planting day. 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 an inch or two below the surface.
Once you have your rose Amber Star set in place, spread the roots out in all directions around the mound, 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 back fill the hole the rest of the way. Give it one more heavy watering and top off any final settling that may occur. This method should ensure that no air pockets have formed around the roots.
You also may want to mound up some mulch around the exposed canes of the plant until new growth appears. This will help prevent your rose Amber Star from drying out.
Caring for Amber Star Roses:
Taking care of the rose Amber Star is pretty easy and you can follow basic rose care guidelines. You will want to make sure that you provide your roses with plenty of water, but take care not to overdo it. A good rule of thumb for most climates is one deep watering per week, unless you have a period of really hot or dry weather. Then you might need to bump that up to every 4 to 5 days.
You also should give your Amber Star roses a dose of a good all-purpose granular fertilizer in the early spring when the leaves start to form. Like most miniature roses, this variety is also a repeat bloomer so you can give it additional feedings over the course of the growing season. I will usually give my roses a second feeding right after the first big bloom, and then a third feeding sometime around the middle of the summer. Your rose Amber Star should do well on this schedule as well.
Pruning Amber Star Roses:
You should always prune the rose Amber Star in the early spring before the leaves begin to form. Start by getting rid of all the dead wood, along with any discolored canes. Next, prune back any lateral canes that overlap so they do not compete with one another for sun light once the leaves open. Lastly, give the remaining canes a pruning, cutting back one third of their current height.
This is also the time to clean up any dead leaves and debris that may have collected around the base of your Amber Star roses. Throw away all of this material in the trash along with your cuttings. I always finish up by giving my roses a fresh layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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