Orange Triumph roses were first bred in 1937 in Germany by Wilhelm Kordes II. The Kordes family has a long and rich history breeding roses that dates back to the late 1800’s, and they are one of the most popular and well-known rose breeders in Europe. This particular rose was created by crossing the hybrid musk Eva rose, with the rose Solarium. The result is a great salmon red floribunda rose with a mild fragrance.
The rose Orange Triumph will produce smaller blooms than you might expect on a floribunda rose, only reaching an average diameter of about 1.5 inches or so. The plant itself will grow to normal dimensions, about 3 to 4 feet tall with a width of a little over 2 feet across at full maturity. One of the nice things about the Orange Triumph is it a little more tolerant of heavy rains than many types of roses. This rose will do well in zones 6 and warmer.
Growing the rose Orange Triumph is not difficult for most growers and if you have any prior experience growing roses, then you should not find this variety to be hard. The biggest thing you will need to decide in the life of your roses is where in the garden you want to grow them. Roses need a lot of sun light if you want them to perform at their best and this rose is no different. Try to select a location that gets at least 6 to 8 hours every day of full sun.
You also are going to want to grow your Orange Triumph roses in soil that drains well. This is extremely important for roses and failure to do so can result in roses that underperform and roses that become sickly and spindly. This is an easy thing to overcome however as you will find a great many soil mixes are available on the commercial market, some of which are designed specifically for growing roses. Simply select the one that best suits your application and use that. Your rose Orange Triumph will thank you for it.
Getting your rose Orange Triumph into the ground is not a hard task and most growers can get the job done easily with just a few basic hand tools. How you go about planting your rose depends a little bit on how you originally purchased it. If you bought your rose locally, then it was probably already planted for you in a container and ready to bloom. These are the easiest roses to plant. Dig yourself a hole that is at least twice the diameter of the container and equally as deep. This will keep the bud union at its original depth while giving your plenty of room around the roots for your soil mix.
If you bought your Orange Triumph roses online, then they may have shipped them to you as bareroot plants, which is very common. 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 of a mound of soil while keeping the bud union no more than an inch or two below the surface of the soil.
Once you have your rose Orange Triumph set in place on top of the mound, spread the roots out in all directions and then back fill the hole about halfway, 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 soil one more heavy watering and be sure to top off any final settling that may occur. Do not tamp down the soil. This method should make sure that no air pockets have formed around the roots.
Taking care of your rose Orange Triumph is not hard and once again any prior 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 also being careful 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 Triumph roses a dose of a granular all-purpose fertilizer in the early spring when the leaves begin to form. This will give your roses a great start to the season. Like most Floribunda roses, this variety is also a repeat bloomer, which means it will benefit nicely from a few additional feedings over the course of the growing season. I usually give my roses their second feeding right after the first big bloom, and then a third feeding sometime around the middle of the summer to encourage late season blooms. Your rose Orange Triumph should do nicely on this schedule as well.
You should prune your rose Orange Triumph in the very early spring when the weather starts to turn, but before the leaves have begun to open. This makes pruning so much easier. Start by removing all the dead leaves and debris from the plant and set these cuttings off to the side. Next, prune back any lateral canes that overlap one another 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 time to clean up around your Orange Triumph roses and get rid of all the dead leaves and debris that may be laying around. Throw away all of this material in the trash along with your cuttings. Never let dead matter lay around your roses as it can turn into a breeding ground for pests and diseases. Finish up your pruning by giving your rose Orange Triumph a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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