Disneyland roses were first bred in the United States in 2003 by Dr Keith Zary. It was introduced the following year to market by Jackson & Perkins. This wonderful creation was the product of crossing the Hot Tamale rose with the rose Sequoia Gold. The result is an extremely colorful blend of orange and pink hues on this Floribunda rose. The rose Disneyland is a great rose to use as the centerpiece of a small garden, however in spite of all its color, you might be disappointed to find out it has very little fragrance.
The blooms on Disneyland roses will be of an average size for a Floribunda rose, about 4 inches or so in diameter. The blooms will be somewhat full as well with around 30 to 40 petals each. The plant overall will also be a typical size for Floribundas, reaching about 5 feet tall, give or take a few inches. The rose Disneyland is pretty resistant to many common rose diseases, but this variety is a little susceptible to blackspot, so make sure that you take a little extra care in that regard.
Growing the rose Disneyland in your garden is not all that hard and if you happen to have any past experience growing roses, then you are not likely to find this particular variety a challenge. The most important thing you will need to decide on is where in the garden to grow your roses. Roses require a lot of sun light of you want them to perform at their best, and this variety is no exception. Try to select a location that gets at least 6 to 8 hours a day of full sun.
You will also need to grow your Disneyland roses in soil that drains well. This is especially important for varieties such as this one that are vulnerable to blackspot. This is also not a difficult thing to overcome as there are a great many different types of rose soils out there on the commercial market. Simply pick the one that suits you best and use that. If you prefer to mix your own growing mix, a good base to start with is a good organic compost. Mix that into your garden soil at a ratio of one part compost for every 2 parts soil. Your rose Disneyland will absolutely love it!
Getting your rose Disneyland into the ground is not a difficult task and most growers can get the job done well with just a few basic hand tools. How you go about planting however does depend a little bit on how you originally purchased your roses. If you bought one locally, then it was most likely already established in a container and ready to grow. These are the easiest to plant. All you need to do is dig yourself a hole that is at least twice the diameter of the container and equally as deep. This will give you plenty of room around the roots for your soil mix while keeping the bud union at its current depth.
If you bought your Disneyland roses online, then there is a very good chance they shipped them to you as bareroot plants, which is not uncommon. You should first soak these overnight 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 allow you to set the plant 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 Disneyland set in place on top of the mound, spread the roots out in all directions and then back fill the hole only half way 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 go ahead and fill the hole the rest of the way. Give the soil one more heavy watering and top off any final settling that may occur. Do not tamp down the soil.
Taking care of the rose Disneyland is a snap and once again any prior experience growing roses will surely come in handy. You will need to make sure that you are providing your roses with enough water, while being careful not to overdo it. For most climates this 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 to 5 days.
You also should consider giving your Disneyland roses a dose of a granular all-purpose fertilizer in the early spring when the leaves begin to bud. This will give your roses a great start on the season. Like most Floribunda roses, this variety is also a repeat bloomer so it will benefit from a few additional feedings over the course of the growing season. I typically 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 Disneyland will do well on this schedule also.
You should prune your rose Disneyland in the very early spring after the coldest weather breaks, but before the leaves start to open. This will make it much easier to see what you are doing. Start by removing all the dead and discolored wood from the plant, and set your cuttings aside. Next, prune back any overlapping lateral canes so they do not compete for sun light once the leaves open. Lastly, give the remaining canes a cut back by about one third of their current height.
This is also the best time to clean up around the base of your Disneyland roses. Throw away all of the dead leaves and debris that might have collected there, along with all of your cuttings. Never let dead 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 Disneyland a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the new growing season.
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