History of Bikini Roses:
The rose Bikini was first bred in Denmark prior to 2009 by Rosa Eskelund, out of Sabro, Midtjylland. The true parentage of this rose is not clear however this pretty little yellow rose is very popular in certain circles. The plant will grow with dark green foliage and produce blooms that are about 2 inches in diameter and will be a bright yellow in color, sometimes having an orange-red reverse on the petals.
The blooms will be somewhat full, having anywhere from 17 to 25 petals per blooms. Like most miniature roses, Bikini roses are repeat bloomers and if given proper care, they will bloom for you repeatedly over the course of the growing season. The plant itself will grow to about two feet tall or so and it will be mostly upright. The blooms are often used for cut flower arrangements however the rose Bikini also does well in containers or in flower beds. If grown in containers, you will need to pay a little more attention to its needs, however this is not unusual for growing miniature roses.
Growing Bikini Roses:
Growing the rose Bikini is not unlike growing other types of roses. You will need to provide it with a location that gets ample sun light, just like your other roses. This can be easier sometimes if you grow the rose in a container as you can move it around as needed, but you are going to want to provide this rose with at least 6 to 8 hours each day of direct sun light if you want it to perform at its best.
Bikini roses also need soil that drains well. Too much moisture and you risk subjecting the plant to all kinds of diseases and problems, such as blackspot or root rot. Too little moisture and your rose Bikini will be starved for nutrients and it just simply will not do well. There are a variety of soil mixes on the market that can help you with this problem, or you can just mix your own. Anytime I am ready to do some planting, I will usually take a trip to the local garden center and pick up a bag of a good organic compost. When I dig the hole, I mix in the compost with the loose soil at a ratio of 1 part compost for every 2 parts soil. This is a great mix for most plants and I have found that roses especially love it.
Planting Bikini Roses:
Planting your rose Bikini is not overly difficult and just about anyone with a few basic garden tools can get the job done easily. How you go about planting does depend just a little on how you purchased your rose. If you bought it locally, then it was probably already planted in a container and ready to bloom. These are the easiest to plant. You are going to want to dig yourself a hole that is at least twice the diameter of the container the rose came in, and equally as deep. This keeps the bud union at the same depth it was originally established.
If you bought your Bikini rose online, they may have been shipped to you as bareroot plants, which is very common. You should first soak these overnight in a bucket of lukewarm water prior to planting day. You will want to dig a hole that is as wide as the longest roots, and deep enough to set the plant atop a mound of soil that will keep the bud union an inch or two below the surface.
Once you set your rose Bikini in place, only back fill the hole halfway to start, and give the loose soil a heavy watering until it flows around the roots like mud. Fill the hole the rest of the way and then give it one more heavy watering, being sure to top off any final settling that may have occurred. This method should ensure that you air pockets have formed around the roots. You may also need to mound up some mulch around the exposed canes to protect them until new growth appears.
Caring for Bikini Roses:
Taking care of the rose Bikini is pretty easy and you can follow normal rose care guidelines. You will need to make sure that you provide enough water for your roses. A good rule of thumb is to provide one deep watering every week. If you are growing your roses in containers however, or live in a hot and dry climate, you will need to check them more often to make sure.
Your Bikini roses will do well if you give them a dose of a good all-purpose granular fertilizer in the early spring when the leaves begin to form. Like most miniature roses, this is also a repeat bloomer, so it will benefit 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 to help them produce some late season blooms. Your rose Bikini should do well with this feeding schedule also.
Pruning Bikini Roses:
You should always prune your rose Bikini in the early spring before the leaves start to form. This makes it easier to see what you are doing. Start by cutting out all the discolored and dead wood from the plant and set them aside. Next, prune back any overlapping lateral canes, and then cut back the remaining canes by about one third of their current height to encourage new growth.
This is also the time you should clean up around the base of your Bikini roses. Rake up all the dead leaves and debris and discard them in the trash along with your cuttings. Never let this material lay around your roses as they can quickly turn into breeding grounds for various pests and diseases. Finish up your pruning by giving your rose Bikini a fresh layer of mulch to start off the new growing season.
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