History of Angel Face Roses:
The floribunda rose Angel Face was first bred in 1968 in the United States by Swim & Weeks and then later introduced to market by Conard-Pyle. Swim & Weeks was a well known rose breeding pair that began in the 1950’s with their first creation that they named White Charm. This particular rose was created by using the hybrid tea rose Sterling Silver as the pollen plant, crossed with a seed plant from the roses Circus and Lavender Pinocchio, both of which are also floribunda roses.
The result of this pairing was a mauve colored, or purple blended floribunda roses that produced blooms that grew to about 4 inches or so in diameter and that had a strong fragrance of citrus. The blooms on Angel Face roses were somewhat full with about 30 or so petals per bloom. The plant itself grows to about 3 or 4 feet high with a width of around 3 feet across. The rose Angel Face is a vigorous grower that is tolerant of warmer temperatures but is susceptible to blackspot.
Growing Angel Face Roses:
Growing the rose Angel Face is much the same as any other floribunda rose you may have grown in the past so any prior experience will certainly come in handy. The biggest choice you will make in the life of your roses is where in the garden you choose to grow them. Roses require quite a lot of sun light if you want them to perform well and this variety is no exception. Try to select a location that gets no less than 6 to 8 hours each day of full sun.
You also will need to grow your Angel Face roses in soil that drains well. This is incredibly important to the health and well-being of the plant. This is also rather simple to accomplish as well because there are a wide variety of soil mixes on the market these days. Just choose the one you prefer. Another big factor in growing the rose Angel Face is exposing it to the natural air currents through your garden. This is so important in keeping the leaves of your rose dry, especially after the morning dew.
Planting Angel Face Roses:
Getting your rose Angel Face into the ground is pretty straight forward but it does depend a little bit on how you purchased your rose. If you bought one locally, then chances are it was already established in a container for you 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 keeps the bud union at its original depth while giving you plenty of room around the roots for your soil mix.
If you bought your Angel Face roses online, then there is a good chance they shipped them to you as bareroot plants, which is not uncommon. For these you should first soak them overnight in a bucket of room temperature water prior to planting day. Then dig your hole as wide as the longest roots on the plant, and deep enough to allow you to place the plant on top of a mound of soil while keeping the bud union about an inch or so below the surface.
Once you have your rose Angel Face 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 the garden hose and water the loose soil heavily so that it flows around the roots like mud, then you can fill the hole the rest of the way. Give the soil one more deep watering and top off any final settling that may occur. This method should make sure that no air pockets have formed around the roots.
If your weather is hot and dry, you may want to mound up some fresh mulch around the exposed canes of the plant, just until new growth starts to form. This will help prevent them from drying out.
Caring for Angel Face Roses:
Taking care of the rose Angel Face is not difficult and once again, if you have any prior experience growing floribunda roses then you will not likely find this one to be challenging. You will need to provide your roses with ample water, while being careful not to overdo it. For most mild climates this amounts to about one deep watering per week but if your region is unusually hot and dry, then you should check your roses every 4 or 5 days.
You also should consider giving your Angel Face roses a dose of a granular all-purpose fertilizer in the spring time when the leaves start to bud. This will give your roses a great start to the season. Like many floribunda roses, this one is also a repeat bloomer so it will benefit from a couple additional feedings throughout the season. I usually give my roses their second feeding right after the first big bloom, then a third feeding sometime around the middle of the summer. Your rose Angel Face will do well on this schedule also.
Pruning Angel Face Roses:
You should prune the rose Angel Face in the very early spring when the weather starts to turn but before the leaves begin to bud. Start by removing all the dead and discolored wood from the plant and set your cuttings aside. Next, prune back any canes that overlap each other as they will sooner or later compete for sun light once the leaves open. Lastly, give the remaining canes a cut back by about one third of their current height to promote new growth.
This is also a great time to rake up around your Angel Face roses and clean up all the dead leaves and debris that may have collected there. Throw away this material in the trash along with your cuttings. Never let dead matter lay around your roses because it can turn into a breeding ground for various pests and diseases. Finish up your pruning by giving your rose Angel Face a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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