Circus Roses

History of Circus Roses:

Circus roses were first bred in 1956 in the United States by Herbert Swim.  They were introduced later that year to the US market by Armstrong Nursery.  Herbert Swim was a famous rose breeder who bred roses for blooms that would hold up to the hot summer sun.  He is credited with raising a number of varieties of roses over his career.  The rose Circus was created by crossing the Floribunda rose Pinocchio with the hybrid tea Fandango rose.  The result is this gorgeous yellow rose that produces great reddish edges.

The Floribunda rose Circus will produce blooms that are somewhat smaller than you might be used to on a floribunda, only reaching diameters of about 2.75 inches across.  The petals will be extremely full however with well over 40 petals per bloom.  The plant itself will grow to a typical size with heights reaching up to about 4 feet tall and equally as much in width, at full maturity.  For all its fancy coloring, you will find this variety of rose has only a subtle tea fragrance.

Growing Circus Roses:

Growing the rose Circus is pretty straight forward and if you have any prior experience growing roses, then you should not find this one to be all that difficult.  The biggest decision you will have to make in the life of your roses is where in the garden you choose to grow them.  Roses require a lot of sun light if you really want them to perform at their best, and this variety is no exception.  Try to select a location for your roses that gets no less than 6 to 8 hours a day of direct sun light.

You also are going to want to grow your Circus roses in soil that drains well.  As a general rule of thumb, most roses will perform very poorly if they are grown in soil that stays damp for long periods of time.  This will not only make the plant very unhealthy and weak, but it can also make your roses vulnerable to a host of various pests and diseases.  There are a wide range of growing soils available on the commercial market, many of which are designed specifically for growing roses.  Choose the one that best suits your application and your rose Circus will thank you for it!

Planting Circus Roses:

Getting your rose Circus into the ground is not a difficult task and most growers can get the job done very well with just a few basic hand tools.  How you go about planting your roses does depend a little on how you purchased them.  If you bought your rose from a local nursery, most of the time these are already established for you in a container.  These are also the easiest roses to plant.  Dig your hole as wide as the longest roots, and equally as deep.  This will keep the bud union at its original depth, while still giving you plenty of room around the roots for your soil mix.  

If you bought your Circus roses online, then they may have shipped them to you as bareroot plants, which is not uncommon.  You should first soak the roots of these overnight in a bucket of room temperature water, prior to planting day.  Then dig your hole as wide as the longest roots, and deep enough to allow you to set the plant in place on top of a mound of soil, while keeping the bud union no more than an inch or so below the surface of the soil.

Once you have your rose Circus set in place, spread the roots out in all directions 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 go ahead and finish filling the hole.  Give the soil one more heavy watering and be sure to top off any final settling that might occur.  Do not tamp down the soil.  This method should make sure that you don’t get air pockets under the soil around the roots.

Caring For Circus Roses:

Taking care of the rose Circus is much the same as taking care of any other rose and once again, any past experience you may have growing roses will certainly come in handy here as well.  You will need to make sure that you are providing your roses with ample water and nutrients, while being careful not to overdo it.  For most climates this usually amounts to about one deep watering per week.  If you live in a hot or dry region, then you should check your roses every 4 or 5 days.

You also should consider giving your Circus roses a dose of a granular, all-purpose fertilizer in the early spring when the leaves begin to open.  This will give your roses a quick start to the growing season.  Like most floribunda roses, this variety is also a repeat bloomer, so it will benefit nicely from a few additional feedings over the course of the growing season.  I will usually give my roses their second feeding right after they’ve completed the first big bloom, and then a third feeding sometime around the middle of the summer to encourage late season flushes.  Your rose Circus should do well on this schedule also.

Pruning Circus Roses:

You should prune your rose Circus in the very early spring when the weather breaks but before the leaves begin to open.  This will make your pruning so much easier.  Start by removing all the dead and discolored wood from the plant, and set your cuttings aside.  Next, prune back any overlapping canes from the plant as these will eventually compete for sun light, once the leaves have fully opened.  Lastly, give the rest of the canes a cut back by about one third of their current height to promote new growth.

This is also the time where you will want to clean up around your Circus roses and get rid of all the debris.  Throw all of this material away in the trash.  Never let dead matter lay around your roses as it can quickly turn into a breeding ground for pests and diseases.  Finish up your pruning by giving your rose Circus a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.

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