Colour Wonder roses were first bred in 1964 in Germany by Reimer Kordes. The Kordes family has been breeding roses for generations and they are one of the most popular European breeders, credited with a great many wonderful creations. This particular rose was created by crossing the Perfecta hybrid tea rose with the rose Tropicana. The result is a truly gorgeous orange rose that has coral red and cream color shading.
The rose Colour Wonder will produce blooms that are typical for a hybrid tea rose, reaching about 4 to 5 inches in diameter. The blooms will be very full with as many as 50 petals each. The plant itself will grow to a height of around 2 to 3 feet tall and it will be very bushy and covered with thorns and prickles. This rose is sure to liven up any of your gardens and you will also be rewarded with a pleasant mild fragrance. For all of its beauty however the rose Colour Wonder is not fond of colder climates.
Growing the rose Colour Wonder is much the same as growing any other hybrid tea rose and if you have past experience growing roses, then you should not find this one to be a big challenge. The biggest choice you will have to make for your rose is where in the garden you choose to grow it. Roses will require a lot of sun light if you want them to perform at their best, and this variety is no exception. Try to select a location that gets no less than 6 to 8 hours a day of full sun light.
You also will want to grow your Colour Wonder roses in soil that drains well. Roses that are grown in soil that stays soaking wet all the time almost never perform at their best. Worst yet they often become sick and spindly and produce few blooms. This is one mistake I see often with newer growers but it is also one that is easily avoided. You will find most garden centers stock a full supply of various soil mixes, some of which are designed specifically for roses. You need only select the one that works best for you and use that. Your rose Colour Wonder will thank you for it!
Getting your rose Colour Wonder into the ground is not a difficult task and most growers can get the job done easily with just a few basic hand tools. How you go about planting your roses depends a little bit on how you purchased them. If you bought your roses locally, then they were probably already planted in a container and ready to bloom. These are the easiest roses 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 original depth, while giving you plenty of room around the roots for your soil mix.
If you bought your Colour Wonder roses online, then they might have shipped them to you as bareroot plants. This is not uncommon and you should first soak the roots of these in a bucket of room temperature water, prior to planting day. Then dig your hole as wide as the longest roots on the plant, and deep enough to set the plant on top of a mound of soil while keeping the bud union no more than an inch or two below the surface of the soil.
Once you have your rose Colour Wonder set in place on top of the mound, 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 may occur. Do not tamp down the soil. This method should make sure that you don’t have any air pockets under the soil.
Taking care of the rose Colour Wonder is pretty straight forward 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 provide your roses with ample water and nutrients, while being careful not to overdo it. For most climates this amounts to about one deep watering per week. If your region is unusually hot or dry, then you should check on your roses every 4 to 5 days.
You also should consider giving your Colour Wonder roses a dose of a granular all-purpose fertilizer in the early spring when the leaves start to open. This will give your roses a fast start on the season. Like most hybrid tea roses, this variety is also a repeat bloomer, which means 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 immediately following the first big bloom, and then a third feeding sometime around the middle of the summer to encourage late season blooms. Your rose Colour Wonder should do nicely on this schedule as well.
You should prune your rose Colour Wonder in the very early spring, after the weather breaks, but before the leaves start to open. This makes 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 lateral canes from the plant as these will eventually 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. This will promote new growth.
This is also the best time to clean up around the base of your Colour Wonder roses and get rid of all the dead leaves and debris that tend to collect there. Throw all of this material away in the trash, along with your cuttings. Never let dead matter lay around your roses as it can easily turn into a breeding ground for pests and diseases. Finish up your pruning by giving your rose Colour Wonder a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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