Dreaming Roses

History of Dreaming Roses:

Dreaming roses were first bred in 1974 in Germany by Reimer Kordes.  The Kordes family is one of the most popular rose breeder in Europe and their rich history of rose breeding spans several generations.  This particular rose was created by crossing the Colour Wonder rose with an unnamed seedling.  The result is a really gorgeous salmon colored rose that has a strong fragrance.

The rose Dreaming will be fairly typical for a Floribunda rose, producing blooms that are about 3.5 inches in diameter.  The plant itself will stay somewhat small, growing about 2 to 3 feet tall at full maturity with a width of about 2 feet.  This smaller stature makes the rose Dreaming an excellent choice for growing in a container.  If you are planning on growing this rose out in the garden, you should have no trouble growing it successfully in zones 6 and warmer.

Growing Dreaming Roses:

Growing the rose Dreaming is not a tough thing to do and if you have any prior experience growing roses, then you should really not find this variety to be all that challenging.  The biggest choice you will have to make in the life of your roses is where in the garden you choose to grow them.  You will need to select a location that gets a lot of sun light if you want your roses to perform well.  Try to pick a spot that gets no less than 6 to 8 hours a day of direct sun light, but more is even better.

You also will need to grow your Dreaming roses in soil that is well drained.  This is a pretty easy thing to make sure of, but for some reason this is also one of the biggest mistakes I see newer growers make when growing roses.  If roses are grown in soil that stays too wet, you will find more often than not that the plant becomes very weak and spindly and it will not produce a lot of blooms.  If you take a trip to the local garden center, you will find that there are quite a few soil mixes on the market.  Many of which are designed specifically for growing roses.  This is the easiest way to get the right soil mix and your rose Dreaming will thank you for it.

Planting Dreaming Roses:

Getting your rose Dreaming into the ground is a rather simple matter and most growers can get the job done easily with just a few basic hand tools.  If you bought your rose locally, then chances are it was already planted for you in a container and likely 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 give you lots of room around the roots for your soil mix while keeping the bud union at its original depth.

If you bought your Dreaming roses online, then they might 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 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 below the surface of the soil.

Once you have your rose Dreaming set in place on the mound, spread the roots out in all directions and then backfill 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 deep watering and top off any final settling that may occur.  This method should make sure that no air pockets have formed around the roots of the plant.  Do not tamp down the soil.

Caring for Dreaming Roses:

Taking care of the rose Dreaming is a snap and once again, if you have any prior experience growing roses, then that will certainly come in handy here as well.  You will need to make sure that you are giving your roses enough water and nutrients, while taking care not to overdo it.  For most climates this usually 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 roses a dose of a granular all-purpose fertilizer in the early spring when the leaves begin to bud.  This will give your rose bush a fast start to the growing season.  Like most Floribundas, 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 usually give my roses their second feeding right after they have completed the first big bloom, with a third feeding following something around the middle of the summer.  Your rose Dreaming should do very well on this schedule also.

Pruning Dreaming Roses:

You should prune your rose Dreaming in the very early spring once the weather begins to warm, but before the leaves start to open on the plant.  This will make pruning so much easier.  Start by removing all the dead and discolored leaves from the plant and set your cuttings aside.  Next, prune back any overlapping lateral canes so that the leaves on these won’t compete with one another for sun light.  Lastly, give the remaining canes a cut back by about one third of their current height to promote new growth.

This is also the best time to clean up around the base of your Dreaming roses to get rid of all the dead leaves and debris that may have collected 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 quickly become a breeding ground for pests and diseases.  Finish up your pruning by giving your rose Dreaming a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.

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