History of Ferry Porsche Roses:
The hybrid tea rose Ferry Porsche was first bred in 1971 in Germany by Reimer Kordes. The Kordes are a famous line of rose breeders out of Germany who began a company of the same name and are credited with offering an almost uncountable number of roses to market. This particular rose was created by crossing the Americana rose with the hybrid tea rose Tropicana. The result is a classic, bright red rose that has very little fragrance.
The blooms on Ferry Porsche roses will be fairly typical for a hybrid tea rose and will be anywhere from 4 to 5 inches in diameter. The blooms will be only somewhat full with around 25 or so petals each. The plant itself will stay fairly compact as far as hybrid teas are concerned and will grow between 3 and 5 feet tall. This makes the rose Ferry Porsche a great choice for a container rose so you can add some color to your porch or patio. This rose is a vigorous grower that will do well in zones 6 and warmer.
Growing Ferry Porsche Roses:
Growing the rose Ferry Porsche is not at all difficult and if you have had any prior experience growing roses, then you should not find this one all that challenging. You will need to follow the same basic rose growing guidelines that you would with most varieties. The biggest decision you will make in the life of your roses is where in the garden you choose to grow them. Roses need a lot of sun light to do well so try to select a space that gets no less than 6 to 8 hours each day of direct light.
You also are going to want to grow your Ferry Porsche roses in soil that drains well. This is not a hard thing to accomplish these days as there are many different types of rose soil mixes available at your local nursery or garden center. Simply choose your preferred mix. Another factor that many newer growers overlook when growing roses is subjecting them to the natural air currents in your garden. This is a good thing! Proper airflow will go a long way towards keeping the leaves of your rose Ferry Porsche dry and healthy, especially after the morning dew.
Planting Ferry Porsche Roses:
Getting the rose Ferry Porsche into the ground is pretty straight forward also and how you originally purchased your rose will determine how you will need to plant it. If you bought your rose locally, then it is likely that they already had the rose planted in a container and probably ready to bloom. These are the easiest roses to plant. All you need to do is dig your hole 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 Ferry Porsche roses from an online nursery, 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 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 still keeping the bud union about an inch or so below the surface.
Once you have your rose Ferry Porsche set in place on top of 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 it one more heavy watering and top off any final settling that might occur. This method should ensure that no air pockets have formed around the roots.
Depending on your climate, you also may want to mound up some fresh mulch around the exposed canes of the plant, just until new growth has formed, to help prevent them from drying out.
Caring for Ferry Porsche Roses:
Taking care of the rose Ferry Porsche is rather simple and once again, any prior experience you may have growing roses will certainly come in handy here as well. You will need to make sure that you are providing your roses with ample water while taking care not to overdo it. For most climates this will amount to around one deep watering per week however if you live in a hot or dry climate, then you may need to check on your roses every couple of days.
You also should give your Ferry Porsche roses a dose of a granular all-purpose fertilizer in the spring time when you see the leaves start to form. This will give your roses a great jump on the season. Like most hybrid tea roses, this one is also a repeat bloomer so it will benefit from a few additional feedings over the course of the growing season. I will typically give my roses their second feeding right after the first big bloom, and then a third feeding sometime around the middle of the summer to encourage some late season blooms. Your rose Ferry Porsche will do well on this schedule also.
Pruning Ferry Porsche Roses:
You should prune your rose Ferry Porsche in the very early spring before you see the leaves start to bud. This makes it much easier to see what you are doing. Start by removing all the dead and discolored canes from the plant and set your cuttings aside. Next, prune back any overlapping lateral canes as the leaves on these will eventually compete 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 time to clean up around the base of your Ferry Porsche roses to get rid of any dead leaves or debris that tend to collect there over the winter. Throw away all of this material in the trash along with your cuttings. Never let dead and decaying matter lay around your roses. Finish your pruning by giving your rose Ferry Porsche a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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