History of Catalina Roses:
The hybrid tea rose Catalina was first discovered in 1940 in the United States by Nicholas Grillo. Grillo is a little known rose breeder based out of Connecticut. This particular rose is a sport of the rose Joanna Hill. Catalina is a rich pink rose, almost salmon colored, that produces nice sized blooms that are between 4 and 5 inches in diameter and have a very strong fragrance. The blooms are only somewhat full however and will have around 25 to 30 petals each.
You can expect your Catalina roses to grow to typical heights for a hybrid tea rose, anywhere from 4 to 6 feet tall at full maturity with a width of around 3 feet across. This variety will lend itself well to either being grown in your garden, or in a container on your porch or patio. The strong fragrance and rich colors will really brighten up just about any space that you might want to grow them. The rose Catalina will do well in zones 6 through 9.
Growing Catalina Roses:
Growing the rose Catalina is not very difficult and if you have had any past experience growing roses, then I’m certain you will not find this variety all that challenging. One of the biggest choices you will have to make in the life of your roses is where in the garden you grow them. Roses will need a lot of sun light if you want them to give you their best performance, so try to select a location where they will get at least 6 to 8 hours a day of direct sun.
You also should find a spot that exposes your Catalina roses to the natural air currents in your garden. This is such an important aspect to growing roses that a lot of growers overlook. Airflow helps keep the leaves of your plant dry, which in turn keeps the overall plant that much more healthy and strong. You will also need to grow your rose Catalina in soil that drains well. This isn’t too hard considering how many different soil mixes are available on the market these days. All you need to do is simply select the one that is best for you.
Planting Catalina Roses:
Getting your rose Catalina into the ground is pretty simple and most folks can get the job done easily with just a few basic hand tools. If you bought your rose locally, then there is a good chance that they had it already planted for you in a container and ready to bloom. These are the easiest to plant as you need only dig your hole at least twice the diameter of the container, and equally as deep. This gives you a lot of room around the roots for your soil mix while still keeping the bud union at its original depth.
If you ordered your Catalina roses online, then chances are they shipped them to you as bareroot plants, which is not all that uncommon. For these you should first soak the roots overnight in a bucket of room temperature water to rehydrate them. Then dig your hole as wide as the longest roots and deep enough to let you place the plant on top of a soil mound while keeping the bud union about an inch below the surface.
Once you have your rose Catalina set in place, spread the roots out in all directions around the mound and then back fill the hole about halfway to start, using your soil mix. Take the garden hose and water the loose soil heavily until it flows around the roots like mud, then you can fill the hole the rest of the way. Give the soil one more heavy watering and top off any final settling that may occur. This method should make sure that you don’t get air pockets under the soil around the roots.
Depending on your climate, you also may want to mound up some fresh mulch around the exposed canes of the plant, to help prevent them from drying out, just until new growth forms.
Caring for Catalina Roses:
Taking care of the rose Catalina is really a snap and once again, if you have any prior experience growing roses, then that will surely come in handy here as well. You will need to make sure that you give your roses plenty of water, while taking care not to overdo it. For most mild climates this will be about one deep watering per week. If you live in a hot or dry climate then you might need to check on your roses every couple of days.
You should also give your Catalina roses a dose of a granular all-purpose fertilizer in the spring time once the leaves start forming. This will give them a great jump on the season. Like most hybrid tea roses, this one is also a repeat bloomer so it will benefit greatly from a few additional feedings over the course of the growing season. I usually give my roses a second feeding right after the first big bloom, and then a third one sometime around the middle of the summer to encourage some late season blooms. Your rose Catalina will do well on this schedule also.
Pruning Catalina Roses:
You should prune your rose Catalina in the very early spring after the weather starts to turn, but before the leaves begin to bud. Start by removing all the dead and discolored wood from the plant and set your cuttings aside. Next, prune back the overlapping lateral canes so that these do not 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, to promote new growth.
This is also the time to clean up around the base of your Catalina roses and get rid of any leaves and debris that might have collected there. Throw all of this away in the trash along with your cuttings. Never let dead matter lay around your roses. Finish up by giving your rose Catalina a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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