History of Perfect Moment Roses:
The rose Perfect Moment was bred in Germany in 1989 by Wilhelm Kordes III. It was introduced into the United States 2 years later by Jackson & Perkins by the name it currently carries. Wilhelm Kordes is one of the sons of Reimer Kordes and is one of the co-owners of the german rose company Kordes & Sons. The hybrid tea rose Perfect Moment was bred by crossing the New Day rose with a generic seedling and the result is a truly gorgeous looking light red rose that has bright yellow undertones.
Perfect Moment roses will grow upwards of about 4 to 5 feet tall with a spread of anywhere from 2 to 4 feet across depending on how you prune and shape your roses. They produce absolutely stunning big blooms that are over 4 inches average diameter and carry a fruity fragrance that is often mild. The blooms form in small clusters on solitary stems that lend themselves well to cut flower arrangements and they are relatively full blooms with as many as 40 petals each.
Growing Perfect Moment Roses:
The rose Perfect Moment is often grown for exhibitions because of its bright flashy colors and you will also find them frequently used in bouquets and other arrangements because of the beauty and great fragrance they have to offer. This rose is more suited to warmer climates in zones 7 and up, and as such it is very tolerant of heat. While Perfect Moment is a vigorous grower, it is susceptible to mildew and blackspot but also has a unique resistance to rust. A rose as beautiful as this is sure to find itself at home in just about any of your landscaping ideas.
Perfect Moment roses are repeat bloomers and if properly cared for will reward you with repeated flushes throughout much of the growing season. Like most repeat blooming roses, you should try to find a spot for this rose that gets at least 6 to 8 hour each day of direct sun light. Since the rose Perfect Moment is susceptible to blackspot and mildew, you can even go a step further and try to pick a location that gets the early morning sun light as well. This will help burn away the morning dew and dry the leaves out quickly. You should also make sure the location you choose has good draining soil and proper air circulation as both of these will go a long way to ensuring the health of your roses.
Planting Perfect Moment Roses:
Planting the rose Perfect Moment is not at all difficult and almost anyone can do it with basic hand tools. If you purchased your rose locally, then it most likely came in a container and was ready to bloom if not blooming already. These are real simple to plant. Simply dig yourself a hole that is at least twice the diameter of the container and equally as deep. This will ensure that the bud union stays at the same depth it was in the container, and it also gives you ample room for some new soil around the roots.
This brings me to the topic of soil amendments. Before you do any digging, you should consider picking up a bag of organic compost from the local garden center and mixing it in with your freshly dug soil at a ratio of 2 parts soil to 1 part compost. The compost will make a great amendment for almost any soil and your Perfect Moment roses will absolutely love it!
Now if you bought your rose Perfect Moment online, then you probably received it as a bareroot plant and you will need to soak it in a bucket of lukewarm water overnight to rehydrate the plant. Planting bareroots may seem intimidating, but it is really easy!
Dig yourself a hole that is as wide as the roots the plant came with, and deep enough so that you can mound up some soil in the center of the hole and set the bud union at a depth of about an inch or two below the surface of the soil. Set your rose Perfect Moment in place and using your new soil mix, back fill the hole about halfway and then water it thoroughly. Back fill the hole the rest of the way and water it once more to ensure the loose soil has properly settled. That's all there is to it!
Caring for Perfect Moment Roses:
Taking care of the rose Perfect Moment is no different than caring for any other of your roses. Make sure it has ample water but allow it to dry out in between each deep watering. Typically a good rule of thumb is one deep watering each week unless you live in an unusually dry climate, then you might need to water every 4 to 5 days.
You can also feed your Perfect Moment roses in the early spring when the leaves begin to bud. I prefer to use an all-purpose granular fertilizer as I have found the liquid chemical ones have a tendency to burn some roses very easily. For repeat bloomers such as the rose Perfect Moment, I often will give them a second feeding just as the first big bloom starts to form, and one more in mid-summer to help encourage additional blooms. Just leave yourself about 4 weeks in between feedings.
Pruning Perfect Moment Roses:
You should always prune the rose Perfect Moment in the early spring, preferably before the leaves open up. Start by removing all the dead wood, as well as any canes that look discolored or diseased. If they aren't healthy I remove them and allow the plant to grow new ones.
Next, start cutting back any lateral canes that overlap one another as much as possible as these will eventually compete for sun light once the leaves open up. Lastly, you can cut back the canes that are left by about a third of their current height to promote new growth. I always finish up by giving my roses a nice layer of fresh mulch after I've raked up all the cuttings and debris from around the base of the plant.
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