Livin Easy roses were first bred in United Kingdom by Harkness, in the years preceding 1992. It was later introduced to market in the United States by Weeks Wholesale Roses under the name Fellowship rose. This rose was created by crossing a Southampton rose with the rose Remember Me. The result is a brightly colored orangish-apricot rose that has a wonderful citrus fragrance. The blooms on the rose Livin Easy will be typical for a Floribunda rose, averaging about 4 inches or so in diameter.
The blooms on the rose Livin Easy will form in small clusters and will be quite full, with as many as 40 petals per bloom. The plant itself will grow anywhere from 3 feet to 5 feet tall, and it can spread out to a width of up to 6 feet across at full maturity. This is a very vigorous grower that is not only hardy, but it also very resistant to diseases, especially blackspot. You will also find some gardeners growing this variety in containers to bring the color and fragrance onto their porches and patios.
Growing the rose Livin Easy is not at all difficult and if you have any past experience growing roses, you should not find this variety to be challenging at all. The biggest decision you will have to make in the life of your roses is where in the garden you choose to grow them. Roses require an awful lot of sun light if you want them to perform at their best and this variety is no different. Try to select a location that gets a minimum of 6 to 8 hours a day of direct sun light. If you can provide them with more, then that is even better!
You also are going to have to grow your Livin Easy roses in soil that drains well. This is a very common mistake that I see many growers make, but it is also a simple one to overcome. You will find that there are a great many different types of growing soils available on the market today. Many of which are designed specifically for growing roses. You need only choose the one you like the best and use that. They’ve really taken much of the guesswork out of it for you and your rose Livin Easy will thank you.
Getting the rose Livin Easy into the ground is pretty straight forward, but how you go about planting does depend a little bit on how you purchased your rose. If you found one at a local nursery, then chances are it was already established for you in a container and ready to bloom. These are really the easiest to get planted. Dig your hole at least twice the diameter of the container, and equally as deep. This will keep the bud union at the same depth it was originally planted, while still giving you plenty of room around the roots for your soil mix.
If you bought your Livin Easy roses online, then they may have shipped them to you as bareroot plants. For these, you should first soak the roots overnight in a bucket of room temperature water, prior to planting day. Then dig your hole as wide as the longest roots on the plant, and deep enough to allow you to set the plant atop a mound of soil while keeping the bud union no more than an inch or so below the surface of the soil.
Once you have your rose Livin Easy set in place on 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 it flows around the roots like mud. 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 occur. Do not tamp down the soil.
Taking care of the rose Livin Easy is pretty easy compared to some other rose varieties, and once again, any past experience you may have growing roses will certainly come in handy here as well. You will need to make sure that your rose gets enough water and nutrients, but you must also be conscious that you are not overdoing it. For most climates this usually amounts to about one deep watering every week. If you live in a hot and dry region, then I suggest you check your roses every couple days just to be safe.
You also should consider giving your Livin Easy roses a dose of a granular all-purpose fertilizer in the spring when the leaves begin to open. This will give your roses a great jump on the season. Like most Floribundas, this rose is also a repeat bloomer and will do nicely with a couple additional feedings over the course of the growing season. I will usually give my roses their second feeding right after the first big bloom, and then a third feeding sometime around the middle of the summer to help with the late season blooms. Your rose Livin Easy should do well on this schedule also.
You should prune your rose Livin Easy in the very early spring when the weather starts to break but before the leaves have fully opened. This makes pruning so much easier. Start by removing all the dead and discolored wood from the plant and set your cuttings aside. Next, cut back the lateral canes that overlap one another as these will eventually compete for sun light when the leaves fully open. Lastly, give the remaining canes a cut back by about one third of their current height.
This is also the time to clean up around the base of your Livin Easy roses and get rid of all the dead leaves and debris that tends to collect there over the course of a season. You should throw away all of this material 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 Livin Easy a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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