News roses were first grown in 1968 in the United Kingdom by Edward Burton Le Grice. Edward was a popular rose hybridizer in England up until he passes away in 1977. This particular rose was created by crossing the rose Lilac Charm with the rose Tuscany Superb. The result is a very pretty purple rose that has bright yellow stamens that really add a contrast to the blooms.
The blooms on the rose News will be of a typical size for a floribunda rose, averaging about 3.5 inches or so in diameter. The roses will only have a couple petals each and they will have a fairly mild fragrance. The plant itself will grow to height of up to 4 feet tall at full maturity with a width of around half that. The small stature of the rose News makes it an ideal candidate for a container rose, but it is equally at home in a small flower bed where you would like to add some color.
Growing the rose News is not hard and if you have any past experience growing roses, then you 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 decide to grow them. Your roses will need an awful lot of sun light if you want them to perform at their best and this rose is no exception. Try to select a location where they will get at least 6 to 8 hours each day of full, direct sun light. More is even better.
You also will need to grow your News roses in soil that drains very well. This is pretty common for most roses but I am always surprised and how many growers overlook this point. If you grow roses in soil that stays too wet for long periods of time, you often will find that they under-perform and easily become sickly and weak. This is a rather easy thing to overcome however. Most garden centers carry a wide range of growing soils, many of which are designed specifically for growing roses. Pick the one that best suits your application and use that. Your rose News will thank you!
Getting the rose News into the ground is not a difficult task but how you go about planting depends a little bit on how you originally bought your roses. If you bought your rose from a local nursery, then they probably already had it planted 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 News roses online, they may have shipped them to you as bareroot plants, which is very common. You should first soak the roots of these 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 of 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 News 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 be sure to top off any final settling that might occur. Do not tamp down the soil. This method should make sure that no air pockets have formed around the roots.
Taking care of the rose News is also not difficult and once again, any past experience you might have growing roses will certainly come in handy here as well. You will need to make sure that you are providing your roses with ample water and nutrients, while taking care not to overdo it. For most climates this usually amounts to about one deep watering per week. If you live in a hot or dry region, then you should check on your roses every 4 to 5 days just to be safe.
You also should consider giving your News roses a dose of a granular all-purpose fertilizer in the very early spring when the leaves begin to open. This will give your roses a great start to the growing season. Like most Floribunda roses, this rose is also a repeat bloomer, which means it will benefit nicely from a few additional feedings over the course of the growing season. I will usually give my roses their second feeding immediately after the first big bloom, and then a third feeding sometime around midsummer to encourage late season flushes. Your rose News should do nicely on this schedule as well.
You should prune the rose News in the very early spring when the weather starts to warm but before the leaves have opened. This makes it so much easier to do your pruning. Start by removing all the dead and discolored wood from the plant and set your cuttings aside. Next, prune back any overlapping canes as these will eventually 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 a good time to clean up around the base of your News roses and get rid of all the dead leaves and debris that may have collected there from the previous 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 easily turn into a breeding ground for various pests and diseases. Finish up your pruning by giving your rose News a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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