History of Anastasia Roses:
The hybrid tea rose Anastasia was first bred in 1980 in the United States by N.P. Greff. This rose was created by crossing the hybrid tea roses John F Kennedy and Pascali. The result is a near white, or white blended rose that tends to have soft yellow centers. The blooms will be of a typical size for a hybrid tea and they will be somewhat full, carrying as many as 30 petals per bloom. Like most hybrid teas, this rose is a repeat bloomer and will give you several flushes over the course of a growing season.
The blooms on Anastasia roses do not carry a fragrance however their simple elegance makes them suitable to a wide range of possibilities in your garden. Hybrid tea roses are often grown in border gardens along property lines and fences. They also make for great centerpieces of smaller gardens. Even though the rose Anastasia does not carry a fragrance, do not discount its use in cut flower arrangements as the soft tones will likely brighten any room you might place them in.
Growing Anastasia Roses:
Growing the rose Anastasia is a pretty straight forward matter and if you have any experience growing roses then you will not find this one challenging. The biggest choice you will need to make in the life of your roses is where in the garden you grow them. Roses need a lot of sun light if you want them to give you their best performance. As a general rule of thumb, you are going to want to provide them with no less than 6 to 8 hours each day of direct sun light.
You also will need to grow your Anastasia roses in soil that drains well. This is not terribly difficult because there are a wide range of soil mixes available commercially so it is just a matter of selecting the right one. If you are unsure about the quality of your garden soil, you can also take a trip to the local garden center to pick up a bag of organic compost. Mix this into your soil at a ratio of one part compost for every 2 parts soil. This is a great overall growing mix and your rose Anastasia will love it as well.
Planting Anastasia Roses:
Getting your rose Anastasia planted in the ground is not a difficult task and most people can get the job done rather quickly with just a few basic hand tools. If you bought your rose locally, then most likely it came already planted in a container and ready to bloom. These are the easiest to plant. Dig your hole at least twice the diameter of the container and equally as deep. This will keep the bud union at its current depth while giving you plenty of room around the roots for your soil mix.
If you bought your Anastasia roses online, then there is a good chance they 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 and deep enough to allow you to set the plant atop a mound of soil while keeping the bud union about an inch or so below the surface of the soil.
Once you have your rose Anastasia 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 like mud around the roots of your rose. Then you can go ahead and fill the hole the rest of the way. Give it one more heavy watering and top off any final settling that might have occurred. This method should make sure that there are no air pockets under the soil.
Depending on your climate, you may want to mound up some fresh mulch around the exposed canes of the plant, to prevent them from drying out until new growth has formed. At which point you can remove the mound back to ground level.
Caring for Anastasia Roses:
Taking care of the rose Anastasia is fairly easy and once again, if you have any prior experience growing roses, you won’t likely find this part hard either. You will need to provide enough water to your roses without going overboard. For most mild climates this amounts to about one deep watering per week. If you live in a hot or dry climate, then you should probably check your roses every couple of days.
You also should give your Anastasia roses a dose of a granular all-purpose fertilizer in the early spring when the leaves begin to form. This will give them a good start to the season. Like most hybrid tea roses, this one is also a repeat bloomer, so it will benefit from a few additional feedings over 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 Anastasia will do well on this schedule also.
Pruning Anastasia Roses:
You should prune your rose Anastasia in the very early spring after the weather breaks, but before the leaves start to sprout. Start by removing all the dead and discolored wood from the plant and set your cuttings aside. Next, prune back any overlapping lateral canes, and then lastly, give the remaining canes a cut back by about one third of their current height.
This is also the time to clean up around the base of your Anastasia roses and get rid of all the dead leaves and debris that might be laying around. Throw all of this away in the trash with your cuttings. Never let decaying matter lay around your roses as it can cause all sorts of future issues. Finish up your pruning by giving your rose Anastasia a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the new year!
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