History of Perfume Delight Roses:
The hybrid tea rose Perfume Delight was first bred in 1973 in the United States by Swim & Weeks. This partnership was formed back in the 1950’s and their first introduction to the market was the White Charm rose. This rose was create by crossing a Peace hybrid tea rose, with a pollen plant created from the Happiness, Chrysler Imperial, and El Capitan roses. The result is a deep pink rose with a strong damask fragrance.
These roses will stay somewhat compact, only growing about 4 feet tall and 3 feet wide at full maturity. The blooms on Perfume Delight roses will be normal size for a hybrid tea rose and they will have quite a few petals on them, as many as 40 per bloom. The bright color and strong fragrance of the rose Perfume Delight makes it a great choice for cut flower arrangements. Its short stature also makes it an ideal choice for your porch or patio. This vigorous grower is well suited to zones 6 and warmer.
Growing Perfume Delight Roses:
Growing this rose is pretty straight forward and is not unlike the other hybrid tea roses you may have grown in the past. The biggest decision you will make in the life of your rose Perfume Delight is where in your garden you grow it. Roses need a lot of sun light if you want the most blooms possible. Try to find a location that gets no less than 6 to 8 hours each day of direct sun light. If you have a location that gets more than that, then that is even better!
Perfume Delight roses will also need to be grown in soil that drains well. Soil that stays too wet for too long can lead to a lot of big problems for roses. This isn’t really a concern if you are growing them in containers, however if you are growing roses in your flower beds, then you need to consider the quality of the soil. I always suggest to new growers that they take a trip to their local garden center and pick up a bag of a good organic compost. Mix that compost into your garden soil at a ratio of 1 part compost for every 2 parts soil. Your rose Perfume Delight will absolutely love this mix!
Planting Perfume Delight Roses:
Getting the rose Perfume Delight into the ground is relatively easy and if you have a little ambition and a few basic hand tools, you can get the job done without too much fuss. If you bought your rose from a local nursery, then chances are they already planted it 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 plenty of room around the roots for your soil mix, while keeping the bud union at its current depth.
If you bought your Perfume Delight roses online, then they might have shipped them to you as bareroot plants, which is not uncommon. You should first soak these overnight 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 set the plant atop a mound of soil and keep the bud union no more than an inch or two below the surface.
Once you have your rose Perfume Delight set in place atop the mound, spread the roots out in all directions and then back fill the hole only halfway to start. Take your garden hose and water the soil real good until it flows like mud around the roots, and then fill the hole the remainder of the way. Give it one last heavy watering and be sure to top off any final settling that may occur. This method should ensure that no air pockets have formed around the roots.
You also may want to mound up some fresh mulch around the exposed canes if the weather is hot or dry. This will help prevent the canes from drying out while until new growth forms. At which time you can remove the mound.
Caring for Perfume Delight Roses:
Taking care of your rose Perfume Delight is an easy matter and you can follow the same basic rose care guidelines that you follow with all of your other roses. You will need to provide ample water to your roses, while taking care not to overdo it. For most temperate climates this amounts to about one deep watering every week. If your weather is unusually hot or dry, then you may need to check on them every couple of days.
You also should give your Perfume Delight roses a dose of an all-purpose granular fertilizer in the early spring when the leaves begin to form. This will give them a great start to the season. Like most hybrid tea roses, this one also is a repeat bloomer so you may want to give it a few additional feedings over the course of the season. I will usually give my roses a second feeding right after the first big bloom, and then a third one sometime around the middle of the summer to promote some late season blooms. You rose Perfume Delight will do well on this schedule also.
Pruning Perfume Delight Roses:
You should always prune your rose Perfume Delight in the very early spring before the leaves begin to open. This makes it much easier to see what you are doing. Start by removing all the dead and discolored canes from the plant and set these cuttings aside. Next, prune back overlapping lateral canes so that they do not compete with one another 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 Perfume Delight roses and get rid of all the dead leaves and debris that may have collected there from the previous growing season. Throw away all of this material in the trash, along with your cuttings. Never allow dead of decaying matter to lay around your roses. Finish up your pruning by giving your rose Perfume Delight a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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