History of Medallion Roses:
The hybrid tea rose Medallion was first bred in 1973 in the United States by William Warriner. William spent 25 years working for Jackson & Perkins before he passed away in 1991. During his tenure he was credited with raising over 150 different types of roses. This particular variety was created by crossing the South Seas rose with the rose King’s Ransom. The result is an apricot blended rose that produces absolutely huge blooms that get as big as 7 inches in diameter.
The plant itself will grow anywhere from 4 to 5 feet tall with a width up to around 4 feet across at full maturity. The blooms on Medallion roses are not only stunning to look at, but they will have a pleasant mild fragrance that is somewhat fruity with hints of licorice. The blooms will be fairly full with as many as 40 petals each. The rose Medallion is somewhat more tolerant of the cold than some other hybrid tea roses, and you can grow this rose in zones 4 through 9.
Growing Medallion Roses:
Growing the rose Medallion is pretty much the same as any other hybrid tea that you might have grown in the past. The biggest decision you have to make in the life of your roses is where you grow them. Roses in general need quite a lot of sun light in order to perform up to expectations. Try to select a location for growing roses that gets no less than 6 to 8 hours each day of direct sun light. If you are able to provide your roses with even more, then go for it!
You also need to make sure that the soil you are growing your Medallion roses in drains well. This isn’t too difficult if you are growing them in containers, but it is a real consideration if you are growing them in a flower bed. What I always suggest to newer growers, who are unsure about the quality of their garden soil, is that they take a trip to the local garden center and pick up a bag of a good organic compost. Mix the compost into your garden soil at a ratio of one part compost for every 2 parts soil. Your rose Medallion will absolutely love this stuff.
Planting Medallion Roses:
Getting the rose Medallion into the ground is not a difficult matter and most people can get the job done easily with just a few basic hand tools. If you picked up this rose locally, then more than likely it was already planted in a container. These are real easy to plant. Just dig the hole at least twice the diameter of the container and of an equal depth. This will give you plenty of room around the roots for your soil mix, while keeping the bud union at its current depth.
If you bought your Medallion roses online, then maybe they shipped them to you as bareroot plants. This is very common and these are easy to plant also. You should first soak bareroot plants 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 atop a mound of soil, keeping the bud union no more than an inch or two below the surface of the soil.
Once you have your rose Medallion set in place atop the mound, spread the roots out in all directions and then back fill the hole halfway to start, using your soil mix. Take your garden hose and water the loose soil heavily until it flows like mud around the roots, then you can 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. This method should ensure that no air pockets have formed around the roots.
If your weather is hot and dry around planting time, you may want to mound up some fresh mulch around the exposed canes until new growth has formed. Once that occurs, you can remove the mound back to ground level. This will help prevent the canes from drying out.
Caring for Medallion Roses:
Taking care of the rose Medallion is pretty straight forward and once again, you can follow the same rose care guidelines that you have been using on any of your other hybrid tea roses. You will need to make sure that your rose is getting plenty of water, but also make sure the soil has time to drain inbetween waterings. For most mild climates, this equates to around one deep watering every week. If you live in a hot or dry region, then you will need to check on your roses every couple of days.
You should also give your Medallion roses a dose of an all-purpose, granular fertilizer in the early spring when you see the leaves begin to form. This will give the roses a great start to the season. Like most hybrid tea roses, this one is a repeat bloomer also and will benefit from several additional feedings over the course of the growing season. I will usually give my roses a second feeding right after the first big bloom, and then a third one sometime around the middle of the summer to encourage some late season blooms. Your rose Medallion should do very well on this schedule also.
Pruning Medallion Roses:
You should always prune your rose Medallion in the very early spring before the leaves begin to form. This makes it much easier to see what you are doing. Start by removing all the dead and discolored leaves from the plant and set the cuttings aside. Next, prune back any overlapping canes, so they do not compete for sun light once the leaves fully open, and then give any 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 Medallion roses and get rid of all the dead leaves and debris that may have collected there. Throw all of this material away in the trash, along with your cuttings. Never let dead matter lay around your roses. Finish up by giving your rose Medallion a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the new growing season.
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