History of Bangalore Roses:
The rose Bangalore was first bred in Denmark in 2004 by L. Pernille Olesen & Mogens Olesen. They later introduced it to market through their wholesale nursery, Poulsen Roser A/S. Many growers also know this variety of miniature as a Bangalore Palace rose. This gorgeous little mini-flora rose stays compact and somewhat bushy and makes a great container rose.
Bangalore roses produce petite little pink blooms that have almost apricot colored centers. The blooms will be somewhat full carrying about 25 or so petals and they will have a slightly mild fragrance. Like most miniature roses, the rose Bangalore is a vigorous grower and spreads easily. You can grow it in just about any flower bed and it makes for a great border rose as well.
Growing Bangalore Roses:
Growing the rose Bangalore is much like growing any other rose. You will need to select a location for your roses that gets a lot of sun light. Roses will do their best work if you can provide them at least 6 to 8 hours each day of direct sun light. The rose will survive in partial shade but you are likely to find that you are disappointed with the results.
You should also grow your Bangalore roses in soil that drains well. Most roses will not do very well if their roots stay overly soaked for long periods of time. Controlling the soil is fairly easy if you are growing your rose Bangalore in containers but it can be a little more difficult if you are planting directly in the ground. If you are unsure about the quality of your garden soil, take a trip to your local garden center before planting your rose Bangalore, and pick up a bag of organic compost.
When you dig your hole, mix in some of the compost with the loose soil at a ratio of 1 part compost for every 2 parts soil. This is a great mix for growing most plants in but I have found that roses especially love it.
Planting Bangalore Roses:
Planting the rose Bangalore is a pretty easy task and can be accomplished by just about anyone with a few basic garden tools. How you go about planting does depend a little bit on where and how you purchased your roses. If you bought them locally, then more than likely they were already planted in containers and probably ready to bloom.
These are the easiest to plant because most of the guesswork has already been done for you. All you really need to do is dig a hole that is about twice the diameter of the container it came in, and equally as deep. This gives you enough room around the roots for your new soil mix while still keeping the bud union at the same depth.
If you bought your Bangalore roses from an online nursery then there is a good chance they shipped them to you as a bareroot plant. You should first soak these overnight in a bucket of lukewarm water prior to planting day, to rehydrate the roots. Then dig yourself 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 about an inch or two below the surface of the soil.
Spread the roots of your rose Bangalore out in all directions and back fill the hole halfway to start. Take your 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 and give it one more heavy watering, topping off any final settling that may occur. This method should ensure that no air pockets form under the soil.
Caring for Bangalore Roses:
Taking care of the rose Bangalore is not all that difficult and you can follow normal rose care guidelines. You will need to make sure that you provide enough water to your roses without going overboard. This can sometimes be tricky for new growers but a good rule of thumb is to provide your roses with one deep watering every week.
You should also give your Bangalore roses a dose of an all-purpose granular fertilizer in the early spring when the leaves begin to form. Since this variety is a repeat bloomer like most miniature roses, it will benefit greatly from a few additional feedings over the course of the growing season. I will typically give my roses a second dose of fertilizer right after he first big bloom, and then a third dose sometime around the middle of the summer. Your rose Bangalore will do well on this feeding schedule as well.
Pruning Bangalore Roses:
You should always prune your rose Bangalore in the early spring before the leaves begin to open. This makes it much easier to see what you are doing. Start by removing all the dead wood from the plant, along with the discolored canes. Next, prune back any of the lateral canes that overlap one another to prevent these from competing for sun light once the leaves fully open. Lastly, cut the remaining canes back about one third of their current height to encourage new growth.
This is also the time to clean up around the base of your Bangalore roses and get rid of all the dead leaves and debris that may have collected there over the winter. Discard all of this material in the trash, along with your cuttings. Never let them lay around your roses and do not throw them in the compost bin as some spores can survive even the coldest winter months, only to reinfect the plant the following spring. Finish up by giving your rose Bangalore a fresh layer of mulch to start off the new growing season.
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