History of Andrea Roses:
The first miniature rose Andrea was bred in 1971 in the United States by Ralph Moore out of California. It was created by crossing a generic seedling with the rose Little Darling. The result is a beautiful pink miniature rose that has a silvery reverse on the backs of the petals. The blooms on this rose will have an average diameter of 1.5” and they will be moderately full, having about 20 petals each.
Andrea roses do not have much of a fragrance to speak of however like most other miniature roses, they will bloom repeatedly through the course of the growing season. The rose Andrea is most often grown in containers to spruce up the decor of your porch or patio, however it will grow nicely in a small flower bed or as a border plant. This rose does not grow all that tall, reaching about 2 to 3 feet tall at full maturity, making it very versatile around your garden. This vigorous grower will do very well in zones 6 through 9.
Growing Andrea Roses:
Growing the rose Andrea is not all that difficult and you would follow the same principles that you would with other roses. The biggest decision you will have to make is where to grow it. Like most roses, this one requires quite a lot of sun light if you want the most blooms you can get. A good rule of thumb here is to give it at least 6 to 8 hours a day of direct sun light. More is even better! Most roses will grow and do ok in a location that gets partial shade, but you will often find they do not perform near as well as those planted in full sun, so choose your site accordingly.
You also should make sure that the soil you are planting your Andrea roses in is well drained. This is pretty easy if you are growing in containers as you just select the right potting mix. If you are growing this rose in the garden however, it can be a little more tricky. What I always suggest to growers is to pick up a bag of organic compost from your local garden center when you plant roses. Mix the compost in at a ratio o f1 part compost for every 2 parts soil. This is a great general planting mix and your rose Andrea will love it as well.
Planting Andrea Roses:
How you go about planting your rose Andrea depends a little on how you purchased it. If you bought it locally, then most likely it was already established in a container and probably ready to bloom. These are the easiest to plant. Dig a hole that is twice the diameter of the container it came in, and equally as deep. This ensures there is enough room around the roots for your new soil mix, while still keeping the bud union at its current depth.
If you bought your Andrea roses online, they may have shipped them to you as bareroot plants which is very common. You should first soak these overnight in a bucket of room temperature water prior to planting day, to rehydrate the roots. Then dig a hole that is as wide as the longest roots on the plant, and deep enough to allow you to set the plant atop a mound of soil, while still keeping the bud union no more than an inch or two below the surface.
Set your rose Andrea atop the mound and then spread the roots out in all directions. Back fill the hole halfway to start and then take your garden hose and water the loose soil heavily until it flows like mud. Then go ahead and back fill the hole the rest of the way and give it one more heavy watering, being sure to top off any final settling that may have occurred. This method should ensure that no air pockets have formed around the roots.
You should also consider mounding up some fresh mulch around the exposed canes until new growth has formed. This will help prevent the plant from drying out while new roots are forming.
Caring for Andrea Roses:
Taking care of the rose Andrea is fairly easy and you can follow the same basic care guidelines that you do for your other roses. You need to make sure that you are providing it with ample water, but without overwatering it. For most climates a good rule of thumb here is one deep watering per week. If you live in a hot or dry climate, or are growing them in containers, you will need to check the moisture level every couple of days.
You should also give your Andrea roses a dose of a good all-purpose granular fertilizer in the early spring when the leaves begin to bud. Like most roses, this one is also a repeat bloomer, so it will benefit nicely from a few additional feedings throughout the growing season. I will typically 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 Andrea will do well on this schedule also.
Pruning Andrea Roses:
You should always prune the rose Andrea in the early spring before the leaves begin to form. Start by removing all the dead and discolored wood from the plant. Then, prune back any overlapping canes so they do not compete for sun light once the leaves fully open. Lastly, give the remaining canes a cut back by about one third of their current height to promote new growth.
This is also the time to clean up around the base of your Andrea roses and get rid of all the dead leaves and debris that may have collected there. Throw away all this material in the trash along with your cuttings. Never let dead or decaying matter lay around your roses. Finish up your pruning by giving your rose Andrea a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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