History of Fragrant Plum Roses:
This hybrid tea rose Fragrant Plum was first bred in 1990 in the United States by Jack Christensen. Jack is a world renowned rose breeder who is credited with hybridizing over 80 different varieties of roses. This variety was created by crossing seed and pollen plants from the following roses: Shocking Blue, Blue Nile, Ivory Tower, and the Angel Face rose. The result is a rather stunning blended purple or mauve colored rose that produces ample blooms with a very strong fruity fragrance.
The blooms on Fragrant Plum roses will be of a nice size, around 5 inches or so, and they will be somewhat full, having about 25 petals per bloom. The plant itself will stay fairly compact and only grow upwards to around 4 feet tall at full maturity. Like most hybrid tea roses, the rose Fragrant Plum is a repeat bloomer so you will have blooms for much of the growing season. This variety is best suited for growing in zones 7 and warmer.
Growing Fragrant Plum Roses:
Growing the rose Fragrant Plum in your garden is not terribly difficult and if you have had any previous experience growing roses, then you already have most of the skills necessary. The biggest decision you will make in the life of your rose bush is where you grow it in your garden. Roses need a lot of sun light in order to do their best work. At a minimum you should provide no less than 6 to 8 hours each day of direct sun light.
You also will need to grow your Fragrant Plum roses in soil that drains well. This is not as big of a concern if you grow them in containers, however it is incredibly important if you grow them in the garden. I always suggest to newer growers that if they are unsure about the quality of their garden soil, to take a trip to the local garden center and pick up a bag of a good organic compost. Mix this into your garden soil at a ratio of 1 part compost for every 2 parts soil. This is a great overall planting mix and your rose Fragrant Plum will love it as well.
Planting Fragrant Plum Roses:
Getting your rose Fragrant Plum into the ground is not at all difficult and most people can get the job done with just a few basic hand tools. If you bought your rose locally, then more than likely it was already planted in a container for you. These are the easiest to plant. Simply dig your hole at least twice the diameter of the container and equally as deep. This keeps the bud union at its current depth while giving you plenty of room around the roots for your new soil mix.
If you bought your Fragrant Plum roses online, then chances are you received them as bareroot plants, which is not uncommon. 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 atop a mound of soil while still keeping the bud union no more than an inch or two below the surface once planted.
Once you have your rose Fragrant Plum set in place atop the mound, spread the roots out in all directions and then back fill the hole only halfway to start. Take your garden hose and water the loose soil heavily until it flows all around the roots like mid, then go ahead and fill the hole the rest of the way. Give it one more heavy watering and be sure to top off any final settling that may occur. This method should ensure that no air pockets have formed around the roots of the plant.
Caring for Fragrant Plum Roses:
Taking care of the rose Fragrant Plum is pretty straight forward and once again, any prior experience you have growing roses will come in handy. You will need to make sure that you provide ample water to your rose, while taking care not to overdo it. For most mild climates this amounts to one deep watering every week. If your weather is hot or dry, then you may need to check it every couple of days.
You also should give your Fragrant Plum roses a dose of an all-purpose granular fertilizer in the early spring when you see the leaves begin to sprout. This will give your rose a great jump on the season. As we said above, this variety is a repeat bloomer so it will benefit from a couple additional feedings throughout the season. I will usually give my roses a second feeding right after the first big bloom, and then a third feeding sometime around the middle of the summer to encourage late season blooms. Your rose Fragrant Plum will do well on this schedule also.
Pruning Fragrant Plum Roses:
You should prune your Fragrant Plum roses in the very early spring before you see any leaves forming. This makes it much easier to see what you are doing and prevents the plant from wasting energy producing canes that you might cut off. Start by removing all the dead and discolored canes from the plant and set them aside. Next, prune back any overlapping lateral canes so these do not compete for sun light later on. Lastly, give the remaining canes a cut back by about one third of their current height to promote new growth.
This is the time to clean up around the base of your rose Fragrant Plum and get rid of all the dead leaves and debris that might have gathered there from the last season. Throw all of this material away in the trash, along with your cuttings. Never let dead matter lay around your roses or it could become a breeding ground for certain pests and diseases. Finish up by giving your rose Fragrant Plum a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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