Kordes Roses

History of Kordes Roses:

This world renowned rose breeder is based out of Germany and has a rich history of breeding roses that spans 120 years.  Not only are they one of the world’s largest breeders of roses, but they are one of the few breeders that doesn’t specialize in particular types of roses, but rather they are competitive across all types of roses.  In recent years this company has been focusing more and more on creating new varieties of roses for cut flowers.

Kordes Roses traces their history all the way back to 1887 when Wilhelm Kordes I created his first rose garden that at the time, specialized in various types of garden roses.  His sons, Wilhelm Kordes II and Hermann Kordes later expanded that company in the early 1900’s and quickly became one of the largest rose breeders of their time.  Many of their early varieties are still available today and they have also become the basis for an almost immeasurable number of roses that were created from that lineage.

Growing Kordes Roses:

Since there are so many roses produced by this company, and we have specific articles written about many of them, in this article we are going to give you general rose care instructions.  If you would like more information about growing or caring for a specific variety of rose, a quick search of our site is likely to find the variety you are searching for.  Any specific instructions for that rose will be listed there.

One of the most important decisions that you will make for growing Kordes Roses is where you plant them.  Roses typically need a lot of direct sun light to do their best work.  Many varieties will grow in partial shade and do ok, but you will find few will perform as well as they would if they were planted in full sun.  As a good rule of thumb you will want to provide your roses with at least 6 to 8 hours a day of full sun.  If you can provide them with more than all the better.  

You also will want to grow your roses in soil that drains well.  This isn’t a huge concern if you are growing them in containers, but it is hugely important if you are growing them in your flower bed.

Planting Kordes Roses:

Getting your roses planted is not all that difficult but it does depend a little bit on how you purchased them.  If you bought your roses from a local nursery, then there is a good chance that they were already planted for you in containers, and probably ready to bloom.  This is very common and these are the easiest to plant.  Dig your hole at least twice the diameter of the container they came in, and equally as deep.  This gives you plenty of room around the root ball for your soil mix while still keeping the bud union at its current depth.  This is very important.

Now if you ordered your Kordes Roses online, then chances are they shipped them to you as bareroot plants, which is also very common.  You should first soak these overnight in a bucket of room temperature water to help rehydrate the roots.  Then you will want to dig the hole as wide as the longest roots, 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 you have your rose set in place atop the mound, spread the roots out in all directions and then back fill the hole halfway to start, using your preferred soil mix.  Take the garden hose and water the loose soil heavily until it flows around the roots like mud, then go ahead and back fill the hole the rest of the way.  Give the soil one more heavy watering, being sure to top off any final settling that may occur.

You also may want to mound up some fresh mulch around the exposed canes until new growth starts to form on the plant.  This will help prevent the canes from drying out while the new roots are forming.

Caring for Kordes Roses:

Taking care of your roses is not terribly difficult provided that you follow a few basic guidelines.  The first is you need to make sure that your roses are receiving enough water at their location.  For most temperate climates, one deep watering is usually sufficient however if you live in a hot or dry region, then you may need to check them every couple of days.  If you stick your finger into the soil at the base of the plant and it comes out wet, then they do not need watered just yet.

You also should give your Kordes Roses a dose of a good, granular fertilizer in the early spring when the leaves start to form.  This will give them a great start to the season.  For those varieties that are repeat bloomers, they will benefit greatly from additional feedings over the course of the growing season.  I will typically give my roses a second feeding just after the first big bloom, and then a third feeding sometime around the middle of the summer to encourage additional late season blooms.

Pruning Kordes Roses:

You should prune your roses in the early spring before the leaves start to form.  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 these aside.  Next, prune back overlapping canes so that they do not compete for sun light once the leaves 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 your Kordes Roses and get rid of all the dead leaves and debris that has collected there from the previous growing season.  Discard all of this material in the trash along with your cuttings.  I always finish up my pruning by giving my roses a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the new growing season.

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