History of Pascali Roses:
The hybrid tea rose Pascali was first bred in 1963 in Belgium by Louis Lens. While Lens spent of his time breeding hybrid musks, he is credited with a number of wonderful other creations as well. This rose was created by crossing the hybrid tea rose Queen Elizabeth with the rose White Butterfly. The result is a classic white rose that has a soft cream colored center. If you prefer white roses, then you will find this one will be at home in many of your landscaping ideas.
The blooms on Pascali roses will be quite large however they will have little to no fragrance to speak of. The plants themselves can be pruned to stay compact, or you can allow them to grow to their full height of around 7 feet or so at full maturity. Likewise their width can be somewhat compact, or you can allow them to spread out to widths of about 4 feet across. The rose Pascali is highly resistant to various diseases and you will find it is best suited to warmer climates from zone 7 to 11.
Growing Pascali Roses:
Growing the rose Pascali is not difficult and if you have any prior experience growing roses, then you will find that this rose is not all that challenging. The biggest choice you will make in the life of your roses is where in the garden you grow them. Roses in general require a lot of sun light if you want them to do well and this one is no exception. For this reason among others you should try and select a location that gets at least 6 to 8 hours a day of full sun.
You also will need to grow your Pascali roses in soil that drains well. This is very easy nowadays because of all the different soil mixes on the market today. Just pick the one you prefer. Another option if you are unsure about the quality of your garden soil is to pick up a bag of organic compost from your local garden center. Mix this in with your garden soil at a ratio of one part compost for every 2 parts soil. This is a great overall growing mix and your rose Pascali will absolutely love it!
Planting Pascali Roses:
Getting your rose Pascali into the ground is pretty straight forward also and most folks can get the job done with a few basic hand tools. How you go about planting does depend a little bit on how you bought your rose. If you bought it locally, then chances are they already had it planted for you in a container. These are real easy to plant. Dig your hole at least twice the diameter of the container and equally as deep. This gives you a lot of room around the roots for your soil mix while keeping the bud union at its original depth.
If you bought your Pascali roses online, then there is a good possibility that they shipped them to you as bareroot plants. For these you should first soak them 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 allow you to set the plant on top of a mound of soil while keeping the bud union about an inch below the surface of the soil.
Once your rose Pascali is set in place, spread the roots out in all directions and back fill the hole about halfway to start, using your soil mix. Then take your garden hose and water the loose soil heavily until it flows around the roots like mud. Back fill the hole the rest of the way and give it one more heavy watering, being sure to top off any final settling that may occur. This method should make sure that no air pockets have formed around the roots.
Depending on your climate, you may want to consider mounding up some fresh mulch around the exposed canes of the plant, just until new growth has formed. This will help prevent them from drying out.
Caring for Pascali Roses:
Taking care of the rose Pascali is not difficult either and once again, any prior experience growing roses will also come in handy here as well. You will need to make sure that you are providing your roses with enough water, 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 your roses every 4 to 5 days to be sure.
You should consider giving your Pascali roses a dose of a granular all-purpose fertilizer in the spring time when the leaves begin to bud. This will give your roses a big jump on the season. Like most hybrid tea roses, this one is also a repeat bloomer so it would benefit from additional feedings over the course of the growing season. I usually give my roses a second feeding right after the first big bloom has finished, then a third feeding sometime around the middle of the summer. Your rose Pascali will do well on this schedule also.
Pruning Pascali Roses:
You should prune the rose Pascali in the very early spring when the weather starts to turn but before the leaves start to form. This makes it much easier to see what you are doing. 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 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 Pascali roses and get rid of all the dead leaves and such that might have collected there. Throw all of this material away in the trash along with your cuttings. Never let decaying matter lay around your roses. Finish up your pruning by giving your rose Pascali a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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