History of Electron Roses:
The hybrid tea rose Electron was first bred in 1970 by Samuel Darragh McGredy IV. Samuel is a rose breeder who took over the family business, McGredy Roses, in 1952, and is credited with presenting a long list of rose varieties to the world markets. This particular rose was created by crossing a Paddy McGredy rose with the hybrid tea rose Prima Ballerina. The result is a rather stunning pink rose with bright hues that produces large blooms that are upwards of about 5 inches in diameter.
Electron roses will grow like most hybrid teas and maintain an upright, somewhat modestly bushy shape. You can expect them to grow anywhere from 2 to 4 feet tall, depending on conditions, with a spread of about the same. Not only will the blooms be large, but they will also be quite full, having up to 40 petals per bloom. The rose Electron will reward you with a very strong fragrance, making it an excellent choice for cut flower arrangements. This variety is also a repeat bloomer, so be sure to properly dead head your roses.
Growing Electron Roses:
Growing the rose Electron is not a difficult matter, especially if you have grown roses successfully in the past. The same basic principles apply. The most important decision you will make in the life of your roses is where to grow them. Roses need a lot of sun light to do their work and the more you can give them the better! At a minimum you should try to select a location that gets at least 6 to 8 hours a day of direct sun light.
You also will need to make sure that you grow your Electron roses in soil that drains well. Chances are your garden soil is probably already up to the challenge, but if you are unsure, I always recommend to growers that they take a trip to their local garden center and pick up a bag of a good organic compost. When you dig the hole, mix the compost in with the loose soil at a ratio of 1 part compost for every 2 parts soil. This is a great planting mix and your rose Electron will love it as well.
Planting Electron Roses:
Getting your rose Electron into the ground is fairly straight forward and just about anyone can get the job done with a few basic hand tools. If you bought your roses from a local nursery, then there is a good chance that they were already planted in containers and ready to bloom. These are the easiest to plant. Dig your hole about twice the diameter of the container and equally as deep. This gives you plenty of room around the roots for your soil mix, while keeping the bud union at its current depth. This is very important!
If you bought your Electron roses online, then they may have shipped them to you as bare root plants. You should first soak these overnight in a bucket of room temperature water prior to planting day, to help rehydrate the roots. Then dig your hole as wide as the longest roots on the plant, and deep enough to allow you to set the plant atop a mound of soil and still keep the bud union no more than an inch or two below the surface.
One you have your rose Electron set in place atop the mound, spread the roots out in all directions and then back fill the hole 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 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. This method should ensure that no air pockets have formed around the roots. You also may need to mound up some fresh mulch around the exposed canes until new growth has formed. This will help prevent them from drying out.
Caring for Electron Roses:
Taking care of the rose Electron is much the same as any other hybrid tea rose. You need to make sure that you are providing ample water to the plant, without overwatering it. For most temperate climates, one deep watering per week is usually sufficient. If you live in a hot or dry climate however, you should check the moisture levels every couple of days, especially the first weeks after planting.
You should give your Electron roses a dose of a granular all-purpose fertilizer in the early spring before the leaves begin to form. This will give your roses a better start to the season. Since this particular variety is a repeat bloomer, you can give it a few more feedings over the course of the growing season. I will usually give my roses a second dose just after the first big bloom, and then a third dose sometime around the middle of the summer to encourage late season blooms. Your rose Electron will do well on this schedule also.
Pruning Electron Roses:
You should prune your rose Electron in the early spring before the leaves begin to form. This will make it much easier to see what you are doing. Start by removing all the dead and discolored wood, and set them aside. Next, prune back any overlapping canes as these will eventually compete for sun light once the leaves have fully opened. Lastly, give the remaining canes a cut back by about one third of their current height.
This is also the time to clean up around the base of your Electron roses and get rid of all the leaves and debris that may be laying around from the previous growing season. Throw all of this material away in the trash, along with your cuttings. Never let decaying matter lay around your roses, nor should you throw this material in the compost bin. Finish up your pruning by giving your rose Electron a fresh layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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