History of Mirandy Roses:
The hybrid tea rose Mirandy was first bred prior to 1944 in the United States by Dr Walter Lammerts, and later introduced to market by Armstrong Nursery. Dr Lammerts was a popular and successful rose breeder back in the 40’s and 50’s and is credited with a number of roses that are still available today. This variety was created by crossing the rose Charlotte Armstrong with the Night rose. The result is a dark red hybrid tea that has nice sized blooms and a strong damask fragrance.
The blooms on Mirandy roses will be large and full and will have around 40 or so petals each. The plant itself will be of a typical size for hybrid tea roses, reaching heights of around 4 or 5 feet with a width slightly narrower than its height. This rose is an excellent choice for a container rose where you can bring color and fragrance to your porch or patio area. Like most hybrid teas, the rose Mirandy will do well in zones 5 and warmer.
Growing Mirandy Roses:
Growing the rose Mirandy is a rather straight forward task and anyone who has a little prior experience growing roses will not find this one challenging. A few things for newer growers however. Roses need a lot of sun light if you want them to give you their best performance and this one is no different. The biggest decision you will make in the life of your roses is where in the garden you grow them. Try to select a location that gets no less than 6 to 8 hours each day of direct sun light. If you can provide more, then that is all the better.
You also will want to grow your Mirandy roses in soil that drains well. This is pretty simple to accomplish as there are a wide variety of soil mixes available on the commercial market and you need only select the one you like the best. Another factor that I see rose growers often overlook is subjecting their roses to the natural air currents through their garden. This is important for keeping the leaves of your rose Mirandy dry and as a result, the overall plant strong and healthy.
Planting Mirandy Roses:
Getting the rose Mirandy into the ground is not difficult and most folks can get the job done with a few basic hand tools in short order. If you bought your rose from a local nursery, then chances are they had it already planted in a container and ready to bloom. These are the easiest roses to plant and all you need to do is dig your hole at least twice the diameter of the container, and equally as deep. This will give you ample room around the roots for your soil mix while keeping the bud union at its current depth.
If you bought your Mirandy roses from an online vendor, the there is a chance they might 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. 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 a mound of soil while keeping the bud union about an inch or so below the surface.
Once your rose Mirandy is set in place on the mound, spread the roots out in all directions and then back fill the hole 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, then you can fill the hole the rest of the way. Give the soil one last deep watering and top off any final settling that might have occurred. This method should ensure that no air pockets have formed around the roots.
Depending on your climate, you may want to mound up some fresh mulch around the exposed canes of the plant, to prevent them from drying out until new growth has formed.
Caring for Mirandy Roses:
Taking care of the rose Mirandy is much the same as any other hybrid tea rose you may have grown in the past. You will need to make sure that you are providing your roses with enough water, while taking care not to overdo it. For most mild climates this amounts to about one deep watering per week. If you live in a hot or dry climate, then you should check on your roses every couple of days.
You also should give your Mirandy roses a dose of a granular all-purpose fertilizer in the spring time when you see the leaves begin to form. This will give your roses a great jump on the season. Like most mybrid tea roses, this one is also a repeat bloomer and will benefit from a few additional feedings over the course of the growing season. I typically will give my roses their second feeding immediately after the first big bloom, and then a third feeding sometime around the middle of the summer to encourage late season flushes. Your rose Mirandy will do well on this schedule also.
Pruning Mirandy Roses:
You should prune the rose Mirandy in the very early spring when the weather starts to break but before the leaves begin to bud. This makes it much easier to see what you are doing. Start by removing all the dead and discolored wood from the plant and set your cuttings aside. Next, prune back any overlapping lateral canes so that the leaves on these do not compete for sun light. 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 Mirandy roses and get rid of all the dead leaves and debris that might have collected there. Throw away all of this material in the trash along with your cuttings. Never let dead matter lay around your roses. Finish up your pruning by giving your rose Mirandy a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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