History of Kristin Roses:
The miniature rose Kristin was first bred in 1992 in the United States by Frank Benardella. Frank began raising roses in the 80’s and spent most of his years focusing on miniatures. Kristin was created by crossing the miniature rose Buttons with a hybrid tea Tinseltown rose. The result is a pretty little red and white miniature rose that has petals with dark pink or red along the edges, then fading into white in the centers.
Kristin roses will produce blooms that are about 1.5 inches in diameter and they will have very little, if any fragrance to speak of. The blooms will however be somewhat full, having as many as 30 petals each. The plant itself stays pretty compact and will reach heights of about 2.5 feet tall at full maturity. Once neat trait about the rose Kristin is that it is nearly thornless, making it an absolute joy to handle and work with. This rose will thrive nicely in the right growing conditions in zones 5 through 11.
Growing Kristin Roses:
Growing the rose Kristin is not terribly difficult as long as you provide it with the proper growing conditions. One of the biggest mistakes I see growers do is choosing the wrong site for their roses. While there are a few varieties that can handle partial shade, as a general rule you want to give your roses as much sun as possible. At least 6 to 8 hours each day at a minimum. If you can provide them with full sun for longer, then give it to them. You will find your roses perform far better in full sun than they ever will in shady spots.
You also should make sure that your rose Kristin is planted in soil that drains well. This is not really a big concern if you are growing in containers as you can simply choose the right potting soil. If you are growing this rose in your garden however, it becomes a larger issue. I always suggest that if you are unsure about the quality of your garden soil, take a trip to your local garden center and pick up a back of a good organic compost. Mix this into your soil at a ratio of 1 part compost for every 2 parts soil. This is a great overall mix and your Kristin roses will love it as well!
Planting Kristin Roses:
Getting your rose Kristin into the ground is pretty easy and straight forward and you can get the job done with a few basic hand tools. If you bought your rose locally, then there’s a good chance it was already planted in a container and probably ready to bloom. This is the most common. Dig your hole twice the diameter of the plant, and equally as deep. This gives you a lot of room around the roots for your new soil mix, while still keeping the bud union at the same depth it was originally planted.
Now if you bought your Kristin roses online, they may have shipped them to you as bareroot plants. You should first soak these overnight in a bucket of room temperature water to rehydrate the roots prior to planting day. Then dig the hole as wide as the longest roots, and deep enough to allow you to set the plant atop a mound of soil and keep the bud union no more than an inch or two below the surface.
Set your rose Kristin on top of the mound and spread the roots out in all directions. Then back fill the hole only halfway to start. Take your 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 it one more heavy watering, being sure to top off any final settling that may occur. This method should ensure that no air pockets have formed around the roots. You may also want to mound up some fresh mulch around the exposed canes to help prevent them from drying out until new growth has formed.
Caring for Kristin Roses:
Taking care of the rose Kristin is straight forward and not unlike the care you would give to your other roses. You will need to make sure that you provide ample water to the rose, but taking care not to overdo it. For most temperate climates, one deep watering every week is sufficient. If you live in a hot or dry climate, you will probably need to check it every couple of days.
You should also give your Kristin roses a dose of a good all-purpose granular fertilizer in the early spring when the leaves begin to form. Like most other miniature roses, this one is a repeat bloomer so it will benefit nicely from additional feedings over the course of the growing season. I will typically give my roses a second dose of fertilizer just after the first big bloom, and then a third dose sometime around the middle of the summer. Your rose Kristin will do well on this schedule also.
Pruning Kristin Roses:
You should always prune your rose Kristin 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 wood from the plant. Then prune back any lateral canes that overlap one another as these will eventually compete for sun light once the leaves open. Lastly, give the remaining canes a cut back by about one third of their current height.
This is also a great time to clean up around the base of your Kristin roses. Get rid of all the dead leaves and debris that may have collected there from the previous season. Discard all of this material in the trash along with your cuttings. Never let this material lay around your roses as it can quickly turn into a breeding ground for pests and diseases. Finish up by giving your rose Kristin a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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