History of Ebb Tide Roses:
The floribunda rose Ebb Tide was first bred in the United States in 2001 by Tom Carruth. Tom Carruth has been breeding and raising roses for over 30 years and is known for stunning creations such as the Fourth of July rose, the Scentimental rose, and the Betty Boop rose, all of which are award winning roses. Like many of Tom's rose creations, the parentage of the Ebb Tide is quite extensive with traits from the offspring of the Blue Nile rose, the Sweet Chariot rose, Stephens Big Purple rose, and the International Herald Tribune rose.
Ebb Tide roses produce large blooms, averaging upwards of 4 inches in diameter. They are somewhat full blooms with as many as 40 petals each, and they carry with them a strong fragrance of cloves and spice. The blooms of the rose Ebb Tide are usually mauve, or shades of violet, often with smoky purple edges. This variety tend to stay somewhat compact, only growing about 2 to 3 feet tall which makes it well suited to small landscaping ideas and even container gardens.
Growing Ebb Tide Roses:
The rose Ebb Tide does best in zones 6 through 9 and the blooms tend to form in small clusters several times over the course of the growing season. Like most repeat blooming roses, you should try to find a location that gets as much sun light as possible, if you want the maximum number of blooms you can have. Most types of roses will grow just fine in gardens that are partially shaded throughout the day, but they often will not bloom as profusely as they would otherwise. A good rule of thumb is to give them 6 to 8 hours each day of direct sun light.
Ebb Tide roses will also require the right soil composition to do well. Soil that drains too quickly will not give the rose time to absorb the nutrients you provide it, however soil that does not drain well enough will often lead to root rot and diseases such as blackspot and mildew. We will discuss one particular soil amendment in the next section if you are not sure. If you can find a spot for your rose Ebb Tide that gives it ample sun light, and good air circulation through your garden, you should do just fine.
Planting Ebb Tide Roses:
Planting the rose Ebb Tide is pretty easy and just about anyone can get the job done with a little bit of time and some basic hand tools. Before you start any digging however, I highly recommend that you take a trip to your local garden center and pick up a bag of a good organic compost to amend your soil. This stuff is great for establishing new plants and I've discovered roses especially love it. When you dig your hole, mix the compost in with the loose soil at a ratio of 2 parts soil to one part compost.
How you dig the hole for your Ebb Tide roses depends in part on where and how you purchased the plant. If you found it locally also, then it was probably already established in a container and these are a snap to get planted. I will usually dig myself a hole that is at least twice the diameter of the container the plant came in, and equally as deep. This allows for plenty of room for your new soil mix all around the roots of your rose Ebb Tide, while still keeping the bud union at its current depth.
If you bought your rose Ebb Tide online, then they almost certainly shipped it to you as a bareroot plant. These are not hard to plant, but you should soak them overnight in a bucket of lukewarm water prior to planting day. Dig yourself a hole that is as wide as the longest roots on the plant, and plenty deep enough so you can set the plant in the center on a mound of soil and keep the bud union about an inch or two below the surface of the soil.
Once you have your rose Ebb Tide set in place, spread the roots out in all directions around the mound and then back fill the hole about halfway with your new soil mix. Take the garden hose and water the soil heavily so that it flows around the roots like mud. Then go ahead and back fill the rest of the way. Once the hole is covered, water it one more time thoroughly to minimize final settling. This should also ensure that no air pockets have formed and your roots are completely covered.
Caring for Ebb Tide Roses:
Taking care of the rose Ebb Tide is fairly easy too and you can follow basic rose care guidelines. You should make sure that provide enough water for your roses, usually one deep watering is sufficient unless you live in a hot or dry region. You can stick your finger into the soil at the base of the plant if you are unsure, if your finger comes out wet, it doesn't need watered.
You can give your Ebb Tide roses a dose of a granular, all-purpose fertilizer in early spring when the leaves start to bud. Since this is a repeat blooming rose, it will benefit greatly from additional feedings. I will often give the 2nd feeding right as the first big bloom starts to develop, and then a 3rd feeding later on around mid-summer to promote more blooms in the late season. You will need to deadhead this variety to encourage reblooming.
Pruning Ebb Tide Roses:
You should always prune the rose Ebb Tide in early spring before the leaves form. Start by removing all the dead wood, as well as any canes that look discolored from disease. Next, prune back overlapping lateral canes as these will compete for sun light later when the leaves have opened. Lastly, cut back the remaining canes about one-third of their current height to promote new growth.
This is also a good time to rake up around the base of your roses. Never leave dead leaves and debris collect around the base as these can be breeding ground for pests and diseases. Throw away this material, along with your cuttings, in the trash. Never throw them into the compost pile as some spores can even survive the cold winter months only to re-infect your plants the following year. Finish up your pruning by giving your roses a fresh layer of mulch.
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