Chrysler Imperial Roses

History of Chrysler Imperial Roses:

The hybrid tea rose Chrysler Imperial was first bred in 1952 in the United States by Dr Walter Lammerts.  It was later introduced to market by Germain's.  This variety was created by crossing a Charlotte Armstrong rose with the Mirandy hybrid tea rose.  The result is a very dark red classic rose that has an exceptionally strong fragrance.

This rose will produce blooms that are about 5 inches in diameter and they will be very large and very full, having as many as 50 petals per bloom.  Chrysler Imperial roses will grow upwards of about 6 feet tall at full maturity and it can spread out anywhere from 2 to 4 feet wide.  Because of its strong fragrance and incredible dark red blooms, the rose Chrysler Imperial is often grown for cut flower arrangements.  This rose is both hardy and vigorous however it can be susceptible to mildew.  This rose will thrive in zones 6 through 9.

Growing Chrysler Imperial Roses:

Growing the rose Chrysler Imperial is much the same as growing any other hybrid tea rose.  The biggest decision you will have to make in the life of your roses is where to grow them.  You need to grow your roses in a location that gets ample sun light.  Too little sun light and your roses will not perform as you had hoped.  At a minimum you should be giving them no less than 6 to 8 hours each day of direct sun light.  If your location gets more, then that is even better!

You also should grow your Chrysler Imperial roses in soil that drains well.  This is really easy if you are growing them in containers as you can just select the right potting mix.  If you are growing them in your garden however, this becomes a larger concern.  If you are unsure about the quality of your garden soil, take a trip to the local garden center and pick up a bag of a good organic compost.  Mix the compost in with your soil at a ratio of 1 part compost for every 2 parts soil.  This is a great mix for most plants and your rose Chrysler Imperial will absolutely love it!

Planting Chrysler Imperial Roses:

Getting your rose Chrysler Imperial into the ground is a pretty simple matter and most people can get really great results with a little ambition and just some basic hand tools.  If you bought your rose from a local nursery, then chances are they already did the hard part for you and planted the rose in a container.  These are the easiest to plant.  Dig your hole 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 around the roots for your soil mix.

If you bought your Chrysler Imperial roses from an online retailer, then they may have shipped them to you as bareroot plants, which is very common.  You should first soak these overnight in a bucket of room temperature water to rehydrate the roots.  Then dig your hole as wide as the longest roots, and deep enough to set the plant atop a mound of soil and keep the bud union no more than an inch or two below the surface of the soil once covered.

Once you have your rose Chrysler Imperial set in place, spread the roots out in all directions around the mound and then back fill the hole halfway to start, using your soil mix.  Take your garden hose and water the loose soil heavily until it flows around the roots like mud, then go ahead and back fill the hole the rest of the way.  Give it one more heavy watering and top off any final settling that may occur.  This method should ensure that no air pockets have formed around the roots.

You may need to mound up some fresh mulch around the exposed canes until new growth has formed.  This will help prevent the canes from drying out in the first couple of weeks.

Caring for Chrysler Imperial Roses:

Taking care of the rose Chrysler Imperial is pretty straight forward and you can follow the same basic rose care guidelines that you use on all of your other hybrid tea roses.  You will need to provide your roses with ample water, while being sure not to overdo it.  Always water your roses at the base rather than the top down as this helps keep the leaves drier and healthier.  For most climates one deep watering per week is usually sufficient.

You also can give your Chrysler Imperial roses a dose of a good all-purpose granular fertilizer in the early spring when the leaves begin to form.  This will give your roses a quick start to the season.  Like most hybrid tea roses, this one is a repeat bloomer as well so you can give it a few additional feedings over the course of the growing season.  I will typically give my roses a second feeding just after the first big bloom, and then a second feeding sometime around the middle of the summer.  Your rose Chrysler Imperial will do well on this schedule also.

Pruning Chrysler Imperial Roses:

You should prune the rose Chrysler Imperial in the early spring before the leaves begin to show.  This makes it much easier to see what you are doing.  Start by removing all the dead and discolored wood from the plant and set the cuttings aside.  Next, prune back any lateral canes that overlap one another as these will eventually compete for sun light once all the leaves fully open.  Lastly, give the remaining canes a cut back by about one-third of their current height.

This is also the time to rake up around the base of your Chrysler Imperial roses and get rid of all the dead leaves and debris that has collected there from the last growing season.  Discard all of this material in the trash, along with your cuttings.  Never let decaying matter lay around your roses as it can quickly turn into a breeding ground for various pests and diseases.  Finish up your pruning by giving your rose Chrysler Imperial a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the new growing season.

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