History of Harmonie Roses:
The hybrid tea rose Harmonie was first bred in 1981 in Germany by Reimer Kordes. The Kordes family are world renowned rose breeders who through several generations have introduced a great many types of roses to market. This variety was created by crossing the hybrid tea rose Fragrant Cloud, with the floribunda rose Uwe Seeler. The result is a rather stunning salmon colored orange rose that has nice large blooms and a strong fragrance that is sure to add delight to any of your landscaping ideas.
The blooms on Harmonie roses will be typical for hybrid tea roses averaging about 4 to 5 inches in diameter and the blooms will have around 20 or so petals each. The plant itself will be of an average height, growing to about 4 feet tall or so at full maturity. This variety of rose is often grown in beds and border gardens and it makes for a great cut flower rose. This vigorous grower will do well in gardens in zones 7 and warmer.
Growing Harmonie Roses:
Growing the rose Harmonie is much the same as growing any other hybrid tea rose, and if you have any prior experience with them, then you will not find this variety all that challenging. The biggest choice you will make in the life of your roses is where in the garden you choose to grow them. Roses typically need a lot of sun light if you want to get the best performance they are capable of. This rose is no exception. Try to select a site that gets at least 6 to 8 hours each day of direct sun light. More is even better!
You also will want to make sure that you are growing your Harmonie roses in soil that drains well. This is rather easy considering all of the different varieties of soil mix available on the market today. All you need to do is select one you like and till it into your garden. Another factor which has a big impact on the health of your roses is the natural airflow through your garden. Try to avoid choosing a location that is too sheltered as good airflow will help to keep the leaves of your rose Harmonie dry and healthy, which in turn leads to a much strong plant.
Planting Harmonie Roses:
Getting the rose Harmonie into the ground is pretty straight forward and most folks can get the job done with just a few basic hand tools. If you bought your rose from a local nursery, then there is a good chance that they already had the rose established in a container when you bought it. For these, 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 soil mix.
If you bought your Harmonie roses online, then they might have shipped them to you as bareroot plants, which is not uncommon at all. You should first soak the roots of these overnight in a bucket of room temperature water prior to planting day. 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 while keeping the bud union about an inch or two below the surface.
Once you have your rose Harmonie set in place on top of the mound, spread the roots out in all directions and then back fill the hole about halfway to start, using your soil mix. Take the garden hose and give the loose soil a heavy watering until it flows around the roots like mud, then you can fill the hole the rest of the way. Give the soil one more heavy watering and be sure to top off any final settling that may occur. Do not tamp down. This method should ensure that no air pockets have formed around the roots.
Depending on your weather, you may want to mound up some fresh mulch around the exposed canes of the plant, to help prevent them from drying out until new growth has formed.
Caring for Harmonie Roses:
Taking care of the rose Harmonie is relatively easy and again, any prior experience you may have growing roses will certainly come in handy here as well. You will need to provide your roses with ample water, while taking care not to overdo it. For most mild climates this amounts to about one deep watering per week. If you live in a hot or dry region, then you should check your roses every couple of days.
You should give your Harmonie roses a dose of a granular all-purpose fertilizer in the spring time when the leaves start to form. This will give your roses a great jump on the growing season. Like most hybrid tea roses, this one is also a repeat bloomer and it will benefit greatly from a few additional feedings over the course of the growing season. I usually give my roses their second feeding immediately following the first big bloom, and then a third feeding sometime around the middle of the summer to encourage late season blooms. Your rose Harmonie will do well on this schedule also.
Pruning Harmonie Roses:
You should prune your rose Harmonie in the very early spring when the weather starts to turn, but before the leaves start to bud. This makes it easy to see what you are doing. Start by removing all the dead and discolored wood from the plant and set your cuttings aside. Next, prune back the lateral canes that overlap one another so that the leaves will not compete for sun light later on once they fully open. 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 Harmonie roses and get rid of all the dead leaves and debris that might have collected there from the previous growing season. Throw away all of this material in the trash, along with your cuttings. Never let dead matter lay around your roses as it can turn into a breeding ground for various pests and diseases. Finish up your pruning by giving your rose Harmonie a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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