Introduction to Coral Dawn Climbing Roses:
Coral Dawn was first introduced in the United States in 1952 by rose breeder Eugene S Boerner. It was offered to the market later that same year by Jackson & Perkins where it got the name it still bears today. Coral Dawn is a rather large climber, growing upwards to heights of 12 feet tall with roughly a 6 to 8 foot spread.
Coral Dawn roses produce wonderful blooms with a rich pink/coral color that is lighter as it gets closer to the edges of the petals. Once the bloom opens, it slowly ages until it is a soft, classic pink. The blooms of the Coral Dawn are typically around 2.5" to 3" in diameter with around 35 petals or so each. Having only a modest fragrance, this rose will bloom in continuous flushes throughout the entire growing season. Coral Dawn is certainly one of those roses that will find itself at home in just about any garden or décor.
Planting Coral Dawn Climbing Roses:
Planting your new Coral Dawn roses is a rather simple procedure. Before doing so however you need to take some time to select the right location. The biggest consideration is lighting. While most roses can survive in partial shade, the vast majority of them will simply not perform well unless they have at least 6 to 8 hours each day of full sunlight. You also want to make sure that the location has good air flow and that the soil drains well and does not hold standing water after a rainstorm or weekly watering. Both of these are invitations to diseases.
Before you plant your Coral Dawn climbing roses, make sure you have a bag of fresh organic compost handy. This is available at most local garden centers and is relatively inexpensive. If you receive your Coral Dawn rose as a bareroot plant, then you will need to dig the hole wide enough so that the roots can be fully extended without folding them over, and deep enough so that the bud union is only an inch or two below the surface of the soil. Mix the dug up soil with the compost at a ratio of 2 parts soil to 1 part compost. Fill the hole halfway with your new soil mix and water thoroughly, and then fill the hole the rest of the way and water again. Doing it this way will ensure that the roots are adequately covered by the new soil and it should remove any air pockets that might form.
Growing Coral Dawn Climbing Roses:
Hopefully you have selected the right location for your Coral Dawn climbing roses and they are loving it. Now as they grow you have to make sure you keep providing them with everything they need to give you the blooms you are hoping for. As a general rule of thumb you should only need to water your Coral Dawn roses once a week however if you live in an unusually hot or arid region, you may need to consider watering every 4 to 5 day instead.
Just keep an eye on the moisture level in the soil before you water them. One of the best things you can do is get to know your roses and learn from them if you are giving them everything they need. If you aren't, trust me they are going to let you know!
Feeding Coral Dawn Climbing Roses:
Feeding your Coral Dawn roses is pretty straight forward. There are a number of rose fertilizers on the market today, but by and large most professional growers will tell you to stick with an organic granular fertilizer. Too many of the liquid chemical fertilizers will burn roses if not applied properly, and some roses will burn even if they're applied properly. That’s why a great many growers will tell you to just stick with the granular, all-purpose fertilizers to play it safe. For any rose around your garden, you will want to give them their first feeding in early Spring when all the leaves are beginning to form.
After that most roses will do just fine the remainder of the season without any further attention to feeding. However, if you are the type who doesn't mind a little extra yard work and would like your roses to keep blooming throughout the entire season, you can give them another feeding just as the first big bloom start to pop, and then one more at least a month later, usually around mid-July to help promote additional flushes for the remainder of the season. Just be careful not to over feed your roses, and keep the feedings at least one month apart.
Pruning Coral Dawn Climbing Roses:
Pruning your Coral Dawn climbing roses is pretty straight forward and can be done just like any other climbing rose. Almost always you want to prune your roses in late winter or early Spring, before the leaves start to form. This makes it easy to see what you are working with as well, if the leaves are not fully formed yet. First and foremost you will want to get rid of any dead canes and any that might be diseased.
This is also a good time to clean up any dead leaves and such that might have collected from the previous growing season.
The reason this is so important is because certain pests and diseases don't always die off in winter but rather will lay dormant in decaying foliage. As soon as the weather breaks they will readily infect your rose bush at the first opportunity. So it's best to keep things tidy around your rose bush. Beyond that you can prune your Coral Dawn climbing roses for shape, and also this isn't a bad time to tie off any canes that may need new supports from the previous season.
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