History of Bewitched Roses:
The hybrid tea rose Bewitched was first bred in 1967 in the United States by Dr Walter Lammerts, and later introduced to market by Germain’s. This rose was created by crossing the Queen Elizabeth hybrid tea rose with the rose Tawny Gold. The result is a classic pink rose that produces nice, big, 5 inch diameter roses that have a slight fragrance of damask. This rose makes for a wonderful choice if you are looking to grow roses for cut flower arrangements.
Bewitched roses will grow upwards about 5 feet tall and will spread out to widths of around 4 feet across. The blooms on this rose, in addition to being of a substantial size, will also be somewhat full, having as many as 30 petals per blooms. This is a vigorous grower that is very tolerant of the heat. If you provide adequate freeze protection for the rose Bewitched, you can get away with growing this beauty all the way down to zone 4, and anything warmer.
Growing Bewitched Roses:
Growing the rose Bewitched is much like growing any other hybrid tea rose you may have grown in the past. The biggest decision you will make in the life of any rose is where you grow them. Roses will need a lot of sun light in order to do their best work, and this one is no exception. You should try to select a location that gets no less than 6 to 8 hours each day of direct sun light. If you are able to give it more, then that is even better.
You also will need to grow your Bewitched roses in soil that drains well. This will help keep the plant healthier and make it less vulnerable to diseases. This isn’t too difficult if you are growing roses in containers, but it does require a little thought if you are growing them in the garden. What I always suggest to newer growers is if you are unsure about the quality of your garden soil, take a trip to the local nursery and pick up a bag of a good organic compost. Mix this into your soil at a ratio of 1 part compost for every 2 parts soil. This is a great mix and your rose Bewitched will absolutely love it.
Planting Bewitched Roses:
Getting the rose Bewitched planted in the ground is pretty easy and most folks can get the job done in short order with just a few basic hand tools. Now if you bought your rose locally, then more than likely they already did the hard part for you and planted it in a container. For these, just dig your hole at least twice the diameter of the container it came in, 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 new soil mix.
If you bought your Bewitched roses from an online rose supplier, then they might 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 your hole as wide as the longest roots that came on the plant, and deep enough to allow you to set the plant atop a mound of soil and still keep the bud union no more than an inch or two below the surface of the soil.
Once you have your rose Bewitched set in place, spread the roots out in all directions around the mound, and then back fill the hole only halfway to start, using your new soil mix. Take your garden hose and water the loose soil heavily until it flows around the roots like mud, then you can go ahead and fill the hole the rest of the way. Give it one more heavy watering and be sure to top off any final settling that may have occurred. This method should ensure that no air pockets have formed around the roots.
Depending on your climate, you may need to mound up some fresh mulch around the exposed canes to prevent them from drying out while new growth has formed. Once you see new growth, you can then remove the mound back down to ground level.
Caring for Bewitched Roses:
Taking care of the rose Bewitched is relatively easy and you can follow the same basic rose care guidelines that you do on all of your other roses. This rose needs a certain amount of freeze protection, so make sure to mulch adequately, or plant it in a flower bed against your home’s foundation where the soil may get a little warmth from your home.
You should also give your Bewitched roses a dose of a good all-purpose granular fertilizer in the early spring when you see the leaves begin to form. This will give it a great start to the season. Like most hybrid tea roses, this one is also a repeat bloomer and will benefit greatly from additional feedings over the course of the growing season. I typically give my roses a second feeding right after the first big bloom, and then a third feeding sometime around the middle of summer to help encourage late season blooms. Your rose Bewitched should do very well on this schedule as well.
Pruning Bewitched Roses:
You should prune your rose Bewitched in the very early spring when the cold weather breaks but before the leaves begin to sprout. This will make it easier to see what you are doing. Start by removing all the dead and discolored wood from the plant, and set the cuttings aside. Next, prune back any lateral canes that overlap one another as these will 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. This will help promote new growth.
Clean up around the base of your Bewitched roses and get rid of all the dead leaves and debris that has collected there. Throw away all of this material in the trash along with your cuttings. Never let them lay around your roses. Finish up by giving your rose Bewitched a fresh layer of mulch to start off the new season.
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