Orange Sensation roses were first bred in 1961 in the Netherlands by De Ruiter Innovations. The De Ruiter family was very active in rose breeding around the 1920’s and their legacy span several generations of rose breeders. This particular rose was created by crossing the floribunda rose Amor with the Fashion rose. The result is a richly colored reddish orange rose that is very appealing to the eye along with a fragrance that is as great as its color.
The rose Orange Sensation will produce blooms that are slightly smaller for a floribunda rose than you might be used to, reaching diameters of only a little over 2 inches. The blooms will be fairly full, carrying about 25 or so petals each. The rose Orange Sensation will grow to about 3 feet tall at full maturity with a width of about 2 feet. This rose has proven to be a little hardier than some other varieties and you can grow it successfully in zones 5 and warmer.
Growing the rose Orange Sensation is not hard and if you have any past experience growing roses, then you should not find this one to be too tough. The biggest choice you will have to make in the life of your roses is where in the garden you decide to grow them. Your roses will need a lot of sun light if you want them to perform well and this variety is no exception. Try to make sure that you are choosing a location that gets no more than 6 to 8 hours a day of direct sun light. If you can provide more than that is even better.
You also are going to need to grow your Orange Sensation roses in soil that drains very well. This is not a tough thing to do but I am always surprised at how many growers overlook this aspect, and then wonder why their roses are not doing so well. Do not worry though because this is a rather simple problem to overcome. One trip to your local garden center will most likely show you a wide range of soil mixes that are available, many of which are designed specifically for roses. Just choose the one that best suits your application and use that. Your rose Orange Sensation will thank you for it!
Getting your rose Orange Sensation into the ground is not a difficult task and most growers can get the job done nicely with just a few basic hand tools. How you go about planting your roses however depends a little bit on how your originally purchased them. If you bought your roses locally, then more than likely they already had them 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 they came in, and equally as deep. This will give you more than enough room around the roots for your soil mix, while keeping the bud union at its original planting depth.
If you bought your Orange Sensation roses online, then chances are they shipped them to you as bareroot plants, which is very common. You should first soak the roots of these plants overnight, in a bucket of room temperature water, prior to planting day. Then dig your hole as wide as the longest roots, and deep enough to let you set the plant on top of a mound of soil while keeping the bud union no more than an inch below the surface of the soil.
Once you have your rose Orange Sensation set in place on top of the mound, spread the roots out in all directions and then backfill the hole only 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 go ahead and finish filling the hole. Give the loose 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 you do not get air pockets around the roots.
Taking care of the rose Orange Sensation 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 ample water and nutrients, while taking care not to overdo it. For most climates this 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.
You also should consider giving your Orange Sensation 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 jump on the growing season. Like most floribunda roses, this one is also a repeat bloomer which means it will benefit nicely from additional feedings over the course of the growing season. I will usually give my roses their second feeding right after they have finished their first big bloom, then a third feeding around midsummer to encourage late season blooms. Your rose Orange Sensation should do nicely on this schedule also.
You should prune your rose Orange Sensation in the very early spring when the weather starts to warm but before the leaves have opened up. This will make your pruning so much easier. 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 they do not 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 time to clean up around the base of your Orange Sensation roses to get rid of all the dead leaves and debris that tends to collect 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 quickly turn into a breeding ground for pests and diseases. Finish up your pruning by giving your rose Orange Sensation a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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