Honey Perfume roses were first bred in 1993 in the United States by Dr. Keith Zary. They were introduced to market some years later by Jackson & Perkins. Dr. Zary joined Jackson & Perkins in 1985 and oversees hundreds of thousands of varieties in their research gardens. The rose Honey Perfume was created by crossing another Floribunda, the Amber Queen, with an AROfres rose. The result of this crossing was a yellow to apricot colored Floribunda that produces gorgeous roses with a strong spice fragrance.
The rose Honey Perfume will produce blooms that are a little over 4 inches in diameter and form in large clusters all over the plant. The blooms will also be somewhat full with up to 30 petals per bloom. You can expect the plant to grow about 3 to 4 feet tall with a width between 2 and 3 feet. This rose is a vigorous grower and is very resistant to blackspot, however it is not very fond of the warmer climates. So if you live in a hot region, this is really not the rose for you.
Growing the rose Honey Perfume is not much different than other roses you may have grown in the past. The biggest decision you typically will make in the life of your roses is where in the garden you choose to grow them. Roses will require quite a bit of sun light, if you want them to perform at their best. This variety is no exception. Try to select a location that gets at least 6 to 8 hours a day of direct sun light. More is even better!
You also will need to grow your Honey Perfume roses in soil that drains well. This is an often overlooked aspect of rose growing but it is so important. Roses tend to not do very well if their roots are constantly soaked. They also can become very susceptible to a variety of pests and diseases. This is not a difficult issue to overcome either as there are a wide range of growing soils available on the commercial market. Simply choose the one you like the best and use it. Your rose Honey Perfume will thank you for it!
Getting your rose Honey Perfume into the ground is not all that difficult and most growers can get the job done easily with just a few basic hand tools. If you bought your rose from a local nursery, then chances are it was already planted for you and ready to bloom. These are really the easiest roses to plant. Dig your hole at least twice the diameter of the container and equally as deep. This will give you ample room around the roots for your soil mix while keeping the bud union at its original depth.
If you bought your Honey Perfume roses online, then they may have shipped them to you as bareroot plants, which is not uncommon. You should first soak the roots on these overnight in a bucket of lukewarm water, prior to planting day. Then dig your hole as wide as the longest roots and deep enough to let you set the plant on top of a mound of soil while keeping the bud union no more than an inch below the surface of the soil.
Once you have your rose Honey Perfume 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 water the loose soil heavily until the soil flows like mud around the roots. You can then go ahead and 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 have occurred. Do not tamp down the soil.
Taking care of the rose Honey Perfume is pretty straight forward and once again, any prior experience you have growing roses will certainly come in handy here as well. You will need to make sure that you are providing enough water and nutrients to your roses, while taking care not to overdo it. For most climates this usually amounts to one deep watering per week. If you live in a hot or dry region, then you should check on your roses every 4 to 5 days.
You also should consider giving your Honey Perfume roses a dose of a granular all-purpose fertilizer in the early spring when the leaves begin to form. This will give your roses a great jump on the growing season. Like most Floribundas, this variety is also a repeat bloomer and it will benefit nicely from a few additional feedings over the course of the growing season. I will 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 some extra late season flushes. Your rose Honey Perfume will do well on this schedule also.
You should prune your rose Honey Perfume in the very early spring when the weather begins to break, but before the leaves start to open. This makes pruning so much easier. Start by removing all the dead and discolored wood from the plant and set your cuttings aside. Next, prune back any overlapping canes as these will eventually overlap each other once the leaves have opened. 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 Honey Perfume roses and get rid of all the dead leaves and debris that tends to collect there over time. Throw all of this material away in the trash, along with your cuttings. Never let dead material lay around your roses as it can quickly turn into a breeding ground for various pests and diseases. Finish up your pruning by giving your rose Honey Perfume a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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