History of Chloe Roses:
The rose Chloe was first discovered in 2002 by a Canadian rose breeder named Jim Pazdzierski. He discovered this sport on another rose named Brittany’s Glowing Star, and he subsequently named it after his granddaughter Chloe. This stunning little miniature yellow rose will produce blooms that are about 2 inches in diameter and have almost no fragrance. The blooms will be moderately full for a small rose, containing about 20 to 25 petals each, forming in small clusters.
Chloe roses will only grow about 20 inches tall, with some getting as high as 2 feet. These repeat bloomers will do well in flower beds or containers and are sure to brighten up any garden or patio. You will find that the rose Chloe will grow with great success in zones 6 through 9 and they also make for great cut flowers.
Growing Chloe Roses:
Growing the rose Chloe is much the same as growing other types of roses. You first need to select a site that gets a lot of sun light. Like most miniature roses, this one is a vigorous grower that produces an abundance of blooms. In order to do its best work, you will need to provide this rose with at least 6 to 8 hours each day of direct sun light.
You also will want to plant Chloe roses in soil that is well drained. This is easy if you are growing your roses in containers, however it can be sometimes tricky if you are planting them directly into your flower beds. If you are unsure about the quality of your garden soil, you can resolve this issue easily by taking a trip to your local garden center and pick up a bag of organic compost. Mix this compost into your soil at a ratio of 1 part compost for every 2 parts soil. This is a great planting mix for most plants, but I have found the roses especially love it and establish quickly. Your rose Chloe will also.
Planting Chloe Roses:
Planting the rose Chloe is pretty straight forward. If you bought your rose locally, then more than likely it was already established in a container and probably ready to bloom. This is the most common and also the easiest to plant. Dig yourself a hole that is at least twice the diameter of the rose, and equally as deep. This gives you a lot of room around the root system for your soil mix, but it also keeps the bud union at the same depth it was originally planted.
Now if you ordered your Chloe roses online, they may have shipped them to you as bareroot plants. You should first soak these overnight in a bucket of lukewarm water to rehydrate the roots. 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.
Set your rose Chloe in place and then spread the roots out in all directions around the mound. Back fill the hole halfway to start, using your soil mix and water heavily with the garden hose until the soil flows like mud around the roots. Go ahead and fill the hole the rest of the way and give it one more heavy watering, making sure to top off any final settling. This method should ensure that no air pockets have formed around the roots.
Depending on your climate, you may want to mound up some fresh mulch around the exposed canes until new growth forms, to prevent the plant from drying out.
Caring for Chloe Roses:
Taking care of the rose Chloe is a simple matter and you can follow the same basic guidelines that you would with other roses. You will need to make sure that you are providing your roses with ample water, while being careful not to overdo it. A good rule of thumb for most climates is one deep watering every week. If you live in a hot or dry climate, then you may need to bump that up to every 4 to 5 days.
You should also give your Chloe roses a dose of a good all-purpose granular fertilizer in the early spring when the leaves begin to form. Since this is a repeat bloomer, it will also benefit from 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. Your rose Chloe will do well on this schedule as well.
Pruning Chloe Roses:
You should always prune the rose Chloe in the early spring before the leaves start to form. Start by removing all the dead and discolored canes and discard them. Next, prune back any overlapping canes as these will eventually compete with one another for sun light when the leaves fully open. Lastly, cut back the remaining canes 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 roses and get rid of all that debris that may have collected there from the previous growing season. Throw away all this material in the trash along with your cuttings. Never let this material lay around your roses as decaying matter can quickly become a breeding ground for various pests and diseases. Finish up your pruning by giving your rose Chloe a fresh layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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