History of Josephs Coat Climbing Roses:
The Josephs Coat rose is quite a unique climbing rose in that the blossoms start off red with a noticeable coral colored tint. As they open up they turn into a nice golden yellow, then they start to gradually turn back to red again. This amazing color shift is something special to watch and you are almost guaranteed to impress your neighbors and friends with this climbing rose!
Not surprisingly this rose got its name from the biblical reference of Joseph who had the coat of many colors. Josephs Coat Climbing Roses were bred by crossing the Buccaneer grandiflora and the Circus floribunda. In 1963 it was given the NRS certificate and in 1964 it won the Bagatelle Gold. The Josephs Coat rose is a smaller climbing rose, growing only 8 to 10 feet tall at full maturity and achieving a spread of anywhere from 6 to 12 feet. Josephs Coat blossoms in clusters with an average size bloom of around 4 " in diameter. Each petal will have anywhere from 23 to 40 petals per blossom depending on its size.
Growing Josephs Coat Climbing Roses:
You will have no trouble growing this gorgeous rose in your own garden if you live in zones 4 through 10. When planting your rose, make sure the bud union is roughly level with the top of the soil if you are in a region with mild winters. If your winters are much colder, you can bury it as much as 2 inches deep but don't go much further. At the end of the growing season mulch the base of the plant well to give it added protection and you can also give the entire plant a healthy layer of straw or leaves for added protection from the cold.
Josephs Coat Climbing roses will do their best work if given a location with full sun, but this is one of those climbing roses that can still do well in partial shade. In those instances your best bet is to give it a location where it can get all the morning sun that roses simply love, then partial shade from the blistering afternoon heat. If you are able to provide this, you just might find that your plant will not only hold its color longer, but it will bloom a little longer.
Planting Josephs Coat Climbing Roses:
Planting your Josephs Coat roses is a simple matter and anyone willing to put in the effort can do so with just a couple of hand tools. Before you get into any planting however, I highly suggest that you take a trip to your local garden center and pick up a bag of organic compost. This stuff is inexpensive and is worth its weight in gold when it comes time to plant. When I dig the holes for my plants, I always put the dug up soil into a wheel barrow and mix it with the compost at a ratio of 2 parts soil to 1 part compost. This is a cheap and fantastic way to give your roses (or any other plant for that matter) a great start in its new home.
Now that said if you ordered your Josephs Coat climbing roses online, then you most likely received it as a bareroot plant. This means that it is dormant and ready to plant. First off you will need to dig a hole that is as wide as the roots are, so that you don't have to force the roots to fit the hole. You also need to dig your hole deep enough so that you can mound up the soil in the center, and have the bud union set about an inch or two below the surface of the soil. Mounding up the soil allows the roots to be laid out at a downward angle, just as they would grow naturally.
Once you have the plant set in the hole, back fill it with your soil and compost mix, but only about halfway to start. Once it is filled halfway, water it thoroughly until the soil becomes the consistency of mud. You can then fill the hole the rest of the way and water it well again. What you are doing is ensuring that the soil fills in around the roots evenly and no air pockets are forming.
If you bought your plant from the local nursery, then you probably got it in a 2 or 3 gallon container and these are even simpler to plant. Just dig your hole about twice the diameter of the container, and equally as deep. You want to maintain the same depth for the bud union as it is in the container.
Caring for Josephs Coat Climbing Roses:
Like most roses, feeding the Josephs Coat is pretty straight forward. You will want to give it a dose of rose food about once a month and if you are diligent in your deadheading after the blooms begin to fade, you might be lucky enough to have your rose give you a nice fall show as well. As for watering, the requirements for this rose are the same as most, roughly 1 inch of water per week, so if Mother Nature doesn't cooperate with you, then you will need to supplement.
Josephs Coat climbing roses are a little susceptible to mildew and rotting so it is especially important that you make sure your location has the proper drainage and the plant doesn't stay soaking wet for long periods of time. Good airflow around your roses is critical!
Pruning Josephs Coat Climbing Roses:
Pruning your Josephs Coat is a simple matter. Start off by removing all the dead and diseased canes and dispose of them completely, along with any dead leaves and debris around the base of the plant. Don’t ever let these lay as they are a breeding ground for pests and diseases. Then start removing any lateral canes that overlap one another and shape the plant in general to how you want it to look. If you need a cane to grow in a certain direction, simply prune it back to a bud that faces the way you want the cane to grow.
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