History of Elle Roses:
The first hybrid tea rose Elle was bred in France prior to 1999 by Jacques Mouchotte, and was introduced in that same country by Meilland International. It was later brought to the United States in 2005 by Jackson & Perkins. This rose was created by crossing the Purple Splendour rose with a pollen plant created from the Chicago Peace and Parador roses. The result is a unique twist on a classic pink rose, having orange color hues on the reverse side of the petals.
Elle roses will grow about 5 feet tall at full maturity and they will produce substantial blooms that measure about 5 inches across. The blooms will have a strong fragrance of citrus and spice and they will be fairly full, having as many as 50 or more petals each. This is a great rose for cut flowers and it will also do very nicely in a container on your porch or patio. The rose Elle is both heat tolerant and disease resistant, making it a joy to work with. It is however not very fond of the cold so you will want to grow this rose in zones 7 and warmer.
Growing Elle Roses:
Growing the rose Elle is pretty easy and straight forward and there are no unusual instructions that go along with this variety. The most important decision that you will make in the life of your roses is where you plant them. Like most hybrid tea roses, this one requires a lot of sun light if you would like it to perform well. Try to find a location that gets a minimum of 6 to 8 hours each day of direct sun light.
You also will need to make sure that you are growing your Elle roses in soil that drains well. This is not really a big concern if you are growing your roses in containers as you can just select the right potting mix. If you are growing them in the garden however this becomes a larger concern. If you are unsure about the quality of your garden soil, mix in a bag of organic compost, into your garden soil, at a ratio of one part compost for every 2 parts soil. This is a great overall growing mix and your rose Elle will absolutely love it.
Planting Elle Roses:
Getting your rose Elle into the ground is a simple matter and just about anyone with a little ambition and a few basic hand tools can get the job done with great results. How you go about planting your roses depends a little bit on how you purchased them. If you bought them from a local nursery, then chances are they were already planted in containers and ready to bloom. These are the easiest to plant. Dig yourself a hole that is twice the diameter of the container and equally as deep. This will ensure that the bud union stays at its current depth while still giving your plenty of room around the roots for your soil mix.
If you bought your Elle roses online, then there is a good chance they shipped them to you as bareroot plants which is very common. You should first soak these overnight in a bucket of lukewarm water prior to planting day to rehydrate the roots. Then dig a hole that is as wide as the longest roots and deep enough to allow you to set the plant atop a mound of soil and keep the bud union no more than an inch or two below the surface of the soil.
Once you have your rose Elle set in place atop the mound, spread the roots out in all directions and then back fill the hole halfway to start. Take the garden hose and water the loose soil heavily until it flows like mud around the roots, and then back fill the hole the rest of the way. Give the soil one more heavy watering and top off any final settling that may have occurred. This method should ensure that no air pockets have formed around the roots of the plant.
You also may want to mound up some fresh soil around the exposed canes of the plant to help prevent them from drying out until new growth has formed.
Caring for Elle Roses:
Taking care of the rose Elle is a rather simple matter and you can follow the same basic rose care guideline that you do on all of your other hybrid tea roses. First and foremost, you need to make sure that you are providing your roses with ample water, while being sure not to overwater them. A good rule of thumb for most temperate climates is one deep watering per week. If you live in a hot or dry climate, then you should probably check your roses every couple of days.
You should give your Elle roses a dose of a good all-purpose granular fertilizer in the early spring when the leaves have started to form. This will give your roses a great start to the year. Since this is a repeat bloomer, it will benefit greatly from a couple of additional feedings over the course of the growing season. I will usually give my roses a second feeding just after the first big bloom, and then a third feeding sometime around the middle of the summer to encourage additional late season blooms. Your rose Elle will do well on this schedule also.
Pruning Elle Roses:
You should always prune the rose Elle in the early spring before the leaves begin to form on the plant. This makes it much easier to see what you are doing. Start by removing all the dead and discolored wood from the plant and set the cuttings aside. Next, prune back any lateral canes that overlap one another as these will eventually compete for sun light when the leaves fully open up. Lastly give the remaining canes a cut back by about one third of their current height to encourage new growth.
This is also the time to clean up around the base of your Elle roses and get rid of all the dead leaves and debris that may have collected there 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 as they can quickly turn into breeding grounds for various pests and diseases. Finish up by giving your rose Elle a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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