History of Passion Roses:
The hybrid tea rose Passion was first bred in 1978 in the United States by Week’s roses. Week’s is a rose breeder known the world over for introducing a wide range of rose varieties to market. This variety was created by crossing the Swarthmore rose with an unnamed seedling. The result is a stunning pink/lavender rose that has beautiful deep red edges. The blooms will reach diameters of about 4 inches and they will have a soft rose fragrance.
You can expect your Passion roses to stay fairly compact, only growing about 3 to 4 feet tall at full maturity with a width about half their height. The blooms will grow in small clusters and they will be somewhat full, having about 25 or so petals per bloom. The rose Passion is a repeat bloomer and with proper care it will provide you with numerous flushes over the course of a single growing season. This rose is grown in both border gardens and in larger flower beds. Its shorter growth habit also makes it a great choice for container growing.
Growing Passion Roses:
Growing the rose Passion is a rather simple matter and if you have had any prior experience growing hybrid tea roses, then you most likely already have all the skills you will need. The most important decision you will make in the life of your roses is where in your garden you end up growing them. There are a number of important factors and each one is vital to the overall health of your roses. The first one involves the amount of sun light you expose your roses to. Roses need a lot of sun light in order to do their best work so try and choose a location that gets no less than 6 to 8 hours each day of direct light.
You also are going to want to grow your Passion roses in a spot that gets good exposure to the natural air currents in your garden. This is especially important for keeping the leaves dry, which in turn keeps your plant healthier. Another important factor is the soil composition that you are growing roses in. The soil should drain well while still providing adequate nutrients to the plant. There are numerous mixes available on the commercial market so this is not all that difficult to take care of either.
Planting Passion Roses:
Once you have chosen the right spot for your rose Passion, the next step is getting the rose into the ground. If you bought your rose from a local nursery, then more than likely it was already planted in a container and ready to bloom. These are the easiest 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 current depth, while still giving you ample room around the roots for your soil mix.
If you bought your Passion roses online, then they may have shipped you bareroot plants which is not uncommon. These can look intimidating but I assure you they are not hard to plant either. You should first soak the roots in a bucket of room temperature water prior to planting day to rehydrate the roots. Then dig your hole as wide as the longest roots, and deep enough to allow you to set the plant atop a mound of soil while still keeping the bud union no more than an inch or two below the surface.
Once you have your rose Passion set in place atop 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 fill the hole the rest of the way. This method should ensure that no air pockets have formed around the roots. If your climate is hot or dry during planting time, you should mound up some fresh mulch around the exposed canes until new growth has formed, at which time you can remove the mound. This should help prevent them from drying out.
Caring for Passion Roses:
Taking care of the rose Passion is pretty easy and once again if you have had any prior experience growing roses, this won’t pose much of a challenge for you. The biggest thing is making sure that your roses have enough water while taking care not to overdo it. For most mild climates this amounts to one deep watering per week. If you live in a hot and/or dry climate, then you should check on your roses every couple of days.
You also should give your Passion roses a dose of a granular all-purpose fertilizer in the early spring once you see the roses start to form. This will give your roses a great jump on the season. Like most hybrid tea roses, this one is also a repeat bloomer so it will do nicely with a couple additional feedings over the course of the growing season. I will usually give my roses their second feeding right after the first big bloom of the year, and then I will give them a third feeding sometime around the middle of the summer to encourage late season blooms. Your rose Passion will do well on this schedule as well.
Pruning Passion Roses:
You should prune the rose Passion in the very early spring when the weather breaks but before the leaves have started to form. Start by removing all the dead and discolored wood from the plant and set your cuttings aside. Next, prune back any lateral canes that overlap one another as these will 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 Passion roses to get rid of all the dead leaves and debris that might have collected there from the previous season. Throw away all of this material in the trash, along with your cuttings. Never let decaying matter lay around your roses. Finish up your pruning by giving your rose Passion a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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