History of Black Magic Roses:
Black magic hybrid tea roses were first created in Germany by Hans Jurgen Evers who began his rose breeding career working for Tantau Roses. Hans later took over the nursery in 1985 and during his career he is credited with breeding countless varieties of roses.
Jackson & Perkins later introduced the rose Black Magic to the United States in 2001 where it is still available today as part of their New Generation Roses Collection.
Black Magic roses are extremely beautiful, growing anywhere from 5 to 7 feet tall and up to 4 feet wide. Their dark red blooms are truly a sight to behold and while they aren't truly black (no rose is) they are certainly a centerpiece in any garden of landscaping that you might choose to plant them in.
Black magic hybrid tea roses tend to have very little if any fragrance, but when you do catch a scent it is usually one of a sweet smelling fragrance. The blooms are a nice size too, averaging around 4.5 inches across and being somewhat full with as many as 40 petals per bloom.
Growing Black Magic Roses:
The rose Black Magic is not a very hardy rose and grows best in zones 7 and warmer. It is however tolerant of shady spots so that makes this rose pretty versatile in the garden. Black Magic hybrid tea roses also are extremely resistant to mildew which is a great bonus in an already incredible rose.
Black Magic roses are frequently grown for cut flowers because the flowers form mostly as solitary blooms and make a great addition to any bouquet. Another great trait this rose has is it is a continuous bloomer for just about the entire growing season so provided you take good care of it, it certainly won't disappoint!
When you decide where in your garden to grow the Black Magic hybrid tea rose, you should keep in mind a couple of things. First off, even though this variety is tolerant of shade, it doesn't mean it will perform as well as it would in a full sun location. I would try to find a location that gets a minimum of 6 to 8 hours every day of direct sun light.
The rose Black Magic will also prefer soil that drains well. Standing water is not good for roses in general and you will find this variety to be no different.
Planting Black Magic Roses:
Planting Black Magic hybrid tea roses is relatively easy to do; it just requires a little bit of time and some basic hand tools. I would suggest that before you start digging, you take a trip to your local garden center and pick up a bag of organic compost.
When you dig up the soil, place it in a wheel barrow and mix it with the compost at a ratio of 2 parts soil to 1 part compost. Your Black Magic roses will absolutely love it and the compost is relatively inexpensive. I use this stuff for all my planting.
If you ordered your rose Black Magic online, it probably came as a bareroot plant which means you should soak it in a bucket of water overnight to start waking it up out of dormancy. For a bareroot rose, you will need to dig the hole wide enough to handle the roots, and deep enough so that the bud union is about an inch or two below the surface of the soil once planted.
If you bought your Black Magic hybrid tea rose locally in a container, then the roots are already established and you should dig the hole about twice the diameter of the container and equally as deep. This will ensure that the bud union maintains the proper depth as it was originally planted.
When setting your bareroot rose Black Magic into the hole, mound up some of your new soil mix in the center of the hole until the bud union is at the proper depth. Spread the roots outward and angle them down the sides of the mound. Take your soil mix and back fill the hole only halfway to start, then water it heavily so that it compacts down. You can then fill the hole the rest of the way and water it once more. This helps to ensure even coverage of the roots and prevents air pockets from forming.
Caring for Black Magic Roses:
Black Magic hybrid tea roses are fairly easy to care for and you can adopt some basic rose care practices to achieve success. First, always pay attention to the moisture level of your roses. Roses need a lot of water, but not so much that they are constantly soaked.
The rose Black Magic is no different. You can check the moisture level by sticking your finger into the dirt at the base of the plant. If it comes out wet, then don't water it.
You can also feed your Black Magic roses in early spring when the leaves start to open up. Remember this is a continuous bloomer so you might want to consider feeding it again when the first big bloom starts, and once more in the middle of the summer to encourage additional blooms.
Pruning Black Magic Roses:
Your Black Magic hybrid tea roses will need pruned each year in early spring, before the leaves start to bud. Start off by getting rid of all the dead wood as well as any canes that may look sick or diseased. This is also a great time to clean up around the base of your rose as well. Never let decaying leaves and debris lay around the base of your roses.
Next, cut back any lateral canes that overlap one another as these will compete for sun light once the leaves open up.
Lastly, cut back any remaining canes about one third of their current height, or one half if you live in a somewhat colder climate.
Your Black Magic hybrid tea roses can also be grown in containers if you can give them adequate freeze protection over the winter months, as well as those occasional spring frosts.
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