Lilac Charm roses were first bred in 1962 in the United Kingdom by Edward Burton Le Grice. Le Grice was a well known rose breeder in the 1920’s and 30’s in the UK and has produced many wonderful roses for the commercial market. This particular rose was created by crossing the Lavender Pinocchio rose, with a rosa californica. The result is a pale, lilac colored rose with bright red stamens and a great strong fragrance that is sure to please any rose lover.
The rose Lilac Charm will produce blooms that are very typical for a floribunda rose, averaging about 4 inches or so in diameter. The blooms will only have a couple petals each, around 5 to 8. The plant itself will stay somewhat small and compact for a floribunda, reaching a height of around 2 feet tall at full maturity with a width of a little less than that. The rose Lilac Charm is a great choice for a container rose if you would to bring some color and fragrance to your porch or patio.
Growing the rose Lilac Charm is not all that hard and if you have any past experience growing roses, then you really should not find this variety to be all that difficult. The biggest choice you will make in the life of your roses is where in the garden you choose to grow them. Roses typically require a lot of sun light if you want them to perform well and this variety is no exception. Try to pick a spot in your garden where your roses will get no less than 6 to 8 hours each day of direct sun light.
You also will need to grow your Lilac Charm roses in soil that drains well. This is a common mistake that I often see newer grower make, but it is one that is so easily overcome. If you take a trip to the local garden center, you will likely find that there are a wide range of soil mixes available, many of which are designed specifically for roses. For most soil types you can simply choose the one that best suits your application and use that. Your rose Lilac Charm will thank you for it!
Planting the rose Lilac Charm is pretty simply and most growers can get the job done very well with just a few basic hand tools that most everyone has access to. How you go about planting does depend a little bit on how you originally purchased your roses. If you bought your rose from a local nursery, then chances are it was already planted in a container for you and ready to bloom. These are the easiest roses to plant. Dig your hole at least twice the diameter of the container and equally as deep. This will give you plenty of room around the roots for your soil mix while keeping the bud union at its original depth.
If you bought your Lilac Charm roses online, then they may have shipped them to you as bareroot plants, which is not uncommon. You should first soak the roots of these overnight in a bucket of room temperature water, prior to planting day to rehydrate the roots. Then dig your hole as wide as the longest roots on the plant, and deep enough to allow you to set the plant on top of a mound of soil while keeping the bud union no more than an inch below the surface.
Once you have your rose Lilac Charm 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 your garden hose and water the loose soil heavily until it flows around the roots like mud, then you can go ahead and finish filling the hole. Give the soil one more heavy watering and top off any final settling that might occur. This method should make sure that no air pockets have formed around the roots. Do not tamp down the soil.
Taking care of the rose Lilac Charm is fairly straight forward and once again, any prior experience you may have growing roses will certainly come in handy here as well. You will need to make sure that you are providing your roses with enough water and nutrients, while taking care not to over do it. For most climates this usually amounts to about one deep watering per week. If you live in a hot or dry climate, then you should probably check on your roses every 4 to 5 days.
You also should consider giving your Lilac Charm roses a dose of a granular all-purpose fertilizer in the very early spring when the leaves start to bud. This will help get your roses off to a great start. Like most floribunda roses, this one is also a repeat bloomer which means it will benefit nicely from a few additional feedings over the course of the growing season. I usually give my roses their second feeding as soon as they have completed the first big bloom, then a third feeding around mid summer to encourage late season flushes. Your rose Lilac Charm should do very well on this schedule also.
You should prune your rose Lilac Charm in the very early spring when the weather starts to warm but before the leaves have begun to open. This will make pruning so much easier for you. Start by removing all the dead and discolored wood from the plant and set your cuttings aside. Next, prune back any overlapping lateral canes from the plant so these will not compete for sun light once the leaves 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 best time to clean up around the base of your Lilac Charm roses and get rid of all the dead leaves and debris from the last 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 quickly turn into a breeding ground for various pests and diseases. Finish up your pruning by giving your rose Lilac Charm a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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