Morning Jewel Roses

History of Morning Jewel Roses:

Morning Jewel roses were first bred in 1968 in Scotland by Alexander Cocker.  The Cocker family has been breeding roses since the late 1800’s and they are one of the most well-known breeders in Scotland.  This rose was created by crossing the climbing rose New Dawn, with the Red Dandy rose.  The result is a great pink rose that is extremely versatile in the garden.

The rose Morning Jewel will produce blooms that are just a little over 3 inches in diameter.  The blooms will form in clusters all over the plant, often covering it near completely.  The plant itself can grow quite large and can also be trained to climb up a support structure.  If left unchecked it can grow well over 10 feet tall at full maturity.  The strong fragrance of the rose Morning Jewel makes it an excellent choice for cut flower arrangements.

Growing Morning Jewel Roses:

Growing the rose Morning Jewel is not a difficult task and if you have had any past experience growing roses, then you should not find this variety to be all that hard.  The biggest decision you will make in the life of your roses is where in the garden you choose to grow them.  Roses in general require a lot of sun light if you want them to perform well and this variety is no exception.  Try to select a location in your garden where they will receive no less than 6 to 8 hours a day of full sun.

You also will need to grow your Morning Jewel roses in soil that drains very well.  This is one area where I see a lot of newer rose growers make mistakes but it is also something that is very easy to remedy.  You will find that there are a wide range of soil mixes available on the commercial market, many of which are designed specifically for growing roses.  You really only have to select the one you like the best and use that.  Your rose Morning Jewel will thank you for it.

Planting Morning Jewel Roses:

Getting the rose Morning Jewel into the ground is not hard either and most growers can get the job done with just a few basic hand tools.  How you go about planting depends a little bit on how you originally purchased your rose.  If you bought one from a local nursery, then chances are they were already established for you in a container 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 Morning Jewel 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.  Then dig your hole as wide as the longest roots on the plant and deep enough to let you place the plant on top of a mound of soil while keeping the bud union about an inch or so below the surface of the soil.

Once you have your rose Morning Jewel 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 soil heavily until it flows around the roots like mud.  You can then go ahead and finish filling the hole.  Give the soil one more heavy watering and top off any final settling that may have occurred but do not tamp off the soil.  This method should make sure that you do not get any air pockets around the roots of the plant.

Caring for Morning Jewel Roses:

Taking care of the rose Morning Jewel is pretty straight forward 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 you are providing your roses with enough water and nutrients, while taking care not to overdo it.  For most climates this amounts to about one deep watering every week.  If your region is hot and dry, then you should check on your roses every 4 to 5 days.

You also should consider giving your Morning Jewel roses a dose of a granular all-purpose fertilizer in the early spring when the leaves begin to open up.  Like most Floribunda roses, this one is also a repeat bloomer and will benefit nicely from a few additional feedings over the course of the growing season.  I will usually give my roses their second feeding right after they have completed their first big bloom, and then a third feeding sometime around the middle of the summer for the late season blooms.  Your rose Morning Jewel should do well on this schedule also.

Pruning Morning Jewel Roses:

You should prune your rose Morning Jewel in the very early spring when the weather starts to break, but before the leaves have opened.  This will make pruning so much easier.  Start by removing all the dead leaves and debris from the plant and set your cuttings aside.  Next, prune back any overlapping lateral canes as these will 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 Morning Jewel roses and get rid of all the dead leaves and debris that may have collected there.  Throw away all of this material in the trash along with your cuttings.  Never let dead matter collect 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 Morning Jewel a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.

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