Broadway Roses

History of Broadway Roses:

The hybrid tea rose Broadway was first bred in 1985 in the United States by Anthony Perry and it was later introduced to market by Co-Operative Rose Growers.  Perry is a rose breeder base out of California who is credited with not only this rose, but the Gold Glow and Pure Love roses to name a few.  This rose was created by crossing the hybrid tea roses World Peace and Sutter’s Gold.  The result is an orange-yellow rose that has strong pink colored highlights.

Broadway roses will grow to be about 5 or 6 feet tall at full maturity and the blooms will be of an average size for hybrid tea roses, about 4 inches or so in diameter.  The blooms will be relatively full, with as many as 35 to 40 petals per bloom and they will have a strong damask fragrance to them, making them an ideal choice for a border rose, or even a container on your porch or patio.  This vigorous grower will need a little extra freeze protection in colder climates, but you will be able to grow the rose Broadway in zones 6 and warmer.

Growing Broadway Roses:

Growing the rose Broadway is much the same as any other hybrid tea rose that you may have grown in the past.  Like all roses, this one requires a lot of sun light if you want a good performance, so try and find a suitable location in your garden that gets ample direct sun light.  A good rule of thumb is no less than 6 to 8 hours each day.  If you are able to provide it with more, then that is even better.

You should try to grow your Broadway roses in a location that gets good exposure to the natural air currents through your garden.  This will help keep the leaves of your roses dry and the plant healthy.  You also will want to grow your roses in soil that drains well.  If you are unsure about the quality of your garden soil, I suggest taking a trip to the local nursery and picking up a bag of an organic compost.  Mix this into your soil at a ratio of 1 part compost for every 2 parts soil.  This is a great general growing mix and your rose Broadway will love it as well.

Planting Broadway Roses:

Getting the rose Broadway into the ground is pretty easy but it does depend a little bit on how your purchased your rose.  If you bought one from a local garden center, then it was probably already planted in a container and ready to bloom.  These are the easiest to plant.  Dig yourself a hole that is at least twice the diameter of the container and equally as deep.  This will keep the bud union at its current depth while still giving you plenty of room for your soil mix.

If you bought your Broadway roses online, then there is a very good chance you received them as bareroot plants, which is not uncommon.  You should first soak these overnight in a bucket of room temperature water to rehydrate the roots prior to planting day.  Then dig your hole as wide as the longest roots on the plant, and deep enough to allow you to set it atop a mound of soil while keeping the bud union no more than an inch or two below the surface of the soil.

Once you have your rose Broadway set in place, spread the roots out in all directions and then back fill the hole about half way to start.  Take your garden hose and water the soil real heavy until it flows around the roots like mud, then fill the hole the rest of the way, being sure to top off any final settling that may have occurred.  This method should ensure that no air pockets have formed around the roots of the plant.  If your weather is hot or dry around planting time, you should consider mounding up some fresh mulch around the exposed canes until new growth forms, then you can remove the mound back to ground level.  This method will help prevent the canes from drying out.

Caring for Broadway Roses:

Taking care of the rose Broadway is rather straight forward and again, if you have any previous experience growing roses then you probably already know what you need to do.  You will need to provide this rose with ample water while being careful not to overdo it.  For most climates this amounts to about one deep watering every week.  If you live in a hot or dry region, then you may need to check your roses every couple of days.

You also should give your Broadway roses a dose of a granular all-purpose fertilizer in the early spring when you see the leaves begin to sprout.  This will give your roses a good jump on the season.  Like most hybrid tea roses, this one is a repeat bloomer as well and it would benefit from a few more feedings over the growing season.  I will usually give my roses a second feeding immediately following the first big bloom, and then a third feeding sometime around the middle of the summer to help encourage later flushes.  Your rose Broadway will do well on this schedule as well.

Pruning Broadway Roses:

You should prune the rose Broadway in the very early spring before the leaves have started to form.  This makes it much easier to see what you are doing.  Start by removing all the dead and discolored canes from the plant and set the cuttings aside.  Next, prune back any lateral canes from the plant that might overlap one another once the leaves fully open.  Lastly, give the remaining canes a cut back by about one third of their current height to promote new growth.

This is also the time to clean up around the base of your Broadway roses and get rid of all the dead leaves and debris that may have collected there from the previous growing season.  Throw away all of this material in the trash along with your cuttings.  Never let decaying matter lay around your roses.  Finish up your pruning by giving your rose Broadway a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.

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