History of Night Owl Roses:
The rose Night Owl was first bred in the United States in 2005 by Tom Carruth. Tom is widely regarded as one of the leading rose hybridizers in America and among his many award winning roses are the Scentimental rose, the Betty Boop rose, and the Fourth of July rose. Like many of Tom's creations the rose Night Owl has a rich parentage, including the International Herald Tribune rose, the Sweet Chariot rose, the Blue Nile rose, and the rose Rosy Outlook.
Night Owl roses produce rather large blooms, averaging around 4 inches in diameter and the petals are typically a dark purple, or red wine color, fading to white centers. They carry with them a fairly strong fragrance of sweet spice. The blooms will form in large clusters of vibrant colors. The rose Night Owl will grow anywhere from 10 to 14 feet tall at maturity and this rose is nearly thornless, making it a joy for growers of all ages to grow and handle. The Night Owl will thrive in zones 6 through 9.
Growing Night Owl Roses:
The rose Night Owl is highly resistant to diseases and is frequently grown around pillars, or worked into various landscaping ideas with arbors and trellises. The Night Owl is a repeat bloomer and will provide you with numerous flushes of blooms over a single growing season, if properly cared for. Like most repeat bloomers, this rose will give you its best performance if you provide it with a lot of sun light. A good rule of thumb to follow with roses is a minimum of 6 to 8 hours each day or direct sun light.
If you are able to grow your Night Owl roses in a spot that gets the full morning sun light, this is the most preferable as these locations will help to quickly burn away the morning dew and keep the leaves of your rose as dry as possible. The rose Night Owl will also do best in soil that is well drained. Try to pick a spot where the water does not lay stagnant for long periods of time. This is essential to keeping roses healthy. Proper air circulation through your garden is another key factor in the health of roses because it also helps to dry out the leaves, reducing the risk of disease.
Planting Night Owl Roses:
Planting the rose Night Owl is a pretty simple and straight forward matter, and just about anyone can do the job with a little ambition and a few basic hand tools. Before you do any digging, I highly recommend that you visit your local nursery or garden center, and pick up a bag of a good organic compost. I got turned onto this stuff a few years ago and haven't looked back. When you dig your hole, mix in the compost with the loose soil at a ratio of 1 part compost for every 2 parts soil. Your roses will absolutely love it!
How you go about planting your Night Owl roses depends a little on how and where you purchased them from. If you were able to find them locally, then most likely they were already established in a container, and these are by far the easiest ones to plant in your garden. Dig yourself a hole that is at least twice the diameter of the container and equally as deep. This will give you plenty of room around the root ball for your new soil mix, while still keeping the bud union at the proper depth.
If you ordered your rose Night Owl from an online vendor, they most likely shipped it to you as a bareroot plant. These may look intimidating, but they are still rather easy to get planted. The first thing you will want to do is soak the plant overnight in a bucket of lukewarm water to help rehydrate the roots. Then dig yourself a hole that is as wide as the longest roots on the plant, and plenty deep enough so that you can set the plant atop a mound of soil and still keep the bud union an inch or two below the surface.
Once you set your rose Night Owl in place on top of the mound, spread the roots out in all directions and then back fill the hole about halfway with your new soil mix. Take the garden hose and water the loose soil heavily, until it flows around the roots like mud. Then go ahead and back fill the hole the rest of the way. Give the soil one last heavy watering and top off any settling that still occurs. Many nurseries will recommend mounding up soil or mulch around the exposed canes until new growth forms. Then you can remove the mound. This keeps the canes from drying out.
Caring for Night Owl Roses:
Taking care of the rose Night Owl is pretty straight forward and you can follow basic rose bush care guidelines. You will need to make sure that you give this rose ample water, but do not over-do it. A good rule of thumb for most climates is one deep watering every week. If you live in an overly hot and dry region, you may need to step that up to every 4-5 days.
Night Owl roses will benefit greatly from a regular feeding schedule, especially since they are repeat bloomers. You can give them their first dose in early spring when the leaves start to open. I will usually give repeat blooming roses a second dose just before the first big bloom, and then later on around the middle of summer, to encourage additional blooms.
Pruning Night Owl Roses:
You should prune the rose Night Owl in the early spring before any of the leaves have opened up. This makes it much easier to see what you are doing, especially with large climbing roses. Start by removing all the dead wood, along with any canes that look discolored from disease. Next, prune back all the lateral canes that overlap one another as these will eventually compete for sun light when the leaves fully open. Lastly, you can give the remaining canes a light pruning for shape and to encourage new growth.
You should also take this time to rake up around the base of your Night Owl and clean up all the dead leaves and debris that may have collected there from the previous season. Throw all this material away in the trash, along with your cuttings. Never let decaying matter lay around the base of your roses as it can become a breeding ground for certain pests and diseases. I always finish up my pruning by giving my roses a fresh layer of mulch.
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