History of Charming Parade Roses:
The rose Charming Parade was first bred in 1995 in Denmark by Mogens and L. Pernille Olesen. It was introduced to market the following year in Denmark. This rose was created by crossing a generic seedling with the rose POUlvic. The result was a miniature rose that produced classic red blooms that average about an inch and a half in diameter. While the blooms will have little to no fragrance, they will be somewhat full, carrying as many as 30 petals each.
Charming Parade roses can almost fall into the category of a micro-miniature rose…almost! The plant will only grow a little over a foot tall at full maturity, and if pruned to size you can keep them as short as 8 inches. Like most miniature roses, this rose is a vigorous grower and a repeat bloomer, meaning you can expect to get ample blooms from this rose all season long. The rose Charming Parade makes for a great container rose on your porch or patio.
Growing Charming Parade Roses:
Growing the rose Charming Parade is fairly easy for experienced growers. For new growers however, there are a few key points you need to take into account. The most important of which is making sure that you provide this rose with a lot of sun light. Sometimes when gardeners grow roses in containers, they tend to place them in locations that receive partial shade. While this rose will certainly survive in those conditions, it will not produce near as many blooms. You will want to make sure that you give this rose at least 6 to 8 hours each day of direct sun light. More is better, but no less!
You will also need to grow your Charming Parade roses in soil that drains well. This isn’t so much of an issue if you are growing them in containers as you just choose the right potting soil. It is however a big concern if you are growing them in your flower bed. Roses that stay overly wet for long periods of time tend to get very unhealthy and they become susceptible to all sorts of pests and diseases, especially blackspot. If you are unsure about the quality of your soil, try mixing in some organic compost with the soil before planting. Your rose Charming Parade will appreciate the added effort.
Planting Charming Parade Roses:
Planting the rose Charming Parade is not all that hard and you can get the job done with a few basic hand tools. How you go about planting your roses does depend a little bit on where you purchased them from. If you bought them from a local nursery, then there’s a good chance they were already planted in a container and probably ready to bloom. These are the easiest to get planted in your garden. Just dig your hole twice the diameter of the container, and equally as deep. This keeps the bud union at the same depth and still gives you plenty of room around the roots for your soil mix.
Now if you bought your Charming Parade roses online, there’s a good chance that they sent them to you as bareroot plants. You should first soak these overnight in a bucket of room temperature water to help rehydrate the roots prior to planting day. Then dig a hole that is as wide as the longest roots, and deep enough to allow you to set the plant atop a mound of soil, while still keeping the bud union no more than an inch or two below the surface of the soil.
Once your rose Charming Parade is set in place, spread the roots out in all directions and back fill the hole halfway to start. Give the loose soil a good heavy watering with the garden hose until it flows like mud. Then go ahead and back fill the hole the rest of the way and top off any final settling. This method should ensure that no air pockets have formed around the roots. You also may want to consider mounding up some mulch around the exposed canes until new growth appears. This will help prevent the plant from drying out.
Caring for Charming Parade Roses:
Taking care of the rose Charming Parade is not all that hard and you can adopt standard rose care techniques here. The most important thing is making sure that you provide ample water for your rose, without overwatering it. This can sometimes be tricky but a good rule of thumb is one deep watering per week for average climates. If your weather is unusually hot and dry, then you may need to check them every 4 to 5 days.
You should also give your Charming Parade roses a dose of an all-purpose granular fertilizer in the early spring when the leaves start to form. Since this is a repeat bloomer like most miniature roses, you might want to give it a few additional feedings over the course of the growing season. I will usually give my roses a second feeding just after the first big bloom, and then a third around the middle of summer. Your rose Charming Parade will do well on this schedule as well.
Pruning Charming Parade Roses:
You should prune your rose Charming Parade in the early spring before the leaves start to form. Start by removing all the dead wood, along with any canes that are discolored. Next, prune back any lateral canes that overlap one another so they don’t compete for sun light once the leaves fully open. Lastly, cut the remaining canes back about one third of their current height to encourage new growth.
This is also the time to clean up around the base of your Charming Parade roses and get rid of all the dead leaves and debris. Throw all this material away in the trash, along with your cuttings. Never let decaying matter lay around the base of your roses. Finish up by giving your rose Charming Parade a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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