Pineapple Poll Roses

History of Pineapple Poll Roses:

Pineapple Poll roses were first bred in 1970 in Scotland by Alexander Cocker.  The Cocker family business was started in the 1890’s and they are still breeding roses to this day.  This particular Floribunda rose was created by crossing the rose Orange Sensation with the floribunda Circus rose.  The result is a great orange colored blended rose that really catches your eye.  The rose Pineapple Poll will produce blooms that are somewhat typical for a Floribunda, about 3 to 4 inches in diameter.

The plant itself will grow to heights of around 3 to 4 feet tall with a 2 to 3 foot width at full maturity.  You will often find this rose grown as the centerpiece of a small garden, and some growers will even keep it pruned small and grow it in a container for their porch or patio.  This rose is really at home in most climates between zones 6 through 9 and no matter where you grow it, you will not only be rewarded by amazing colors, but the rose Pineapple Poll also has a nice strong fragrance as well.

Growing Pineapple Poll Roses:

Growing the rose Pineapple Poll is much the same as growing any other type of rose and if you have any past experience growing roses, then you should not find this one to be all that difficult.  The biggest decision you will make in the life of your roses will be where in the garden you decide to grow them.  Roses require a lot of sun light if you want them to perform at their best and this variety is no exception.  Try to select a location that gets no less than 6 to 8 hours a day of direct sun light.  More is even better.

You also will want to grow your Pineapple Poll roses in soil that drains well.  This is critical when growing roses and soil that does not drain properly can lead to a variety of problems, as well as a weak and spindly plant.  There are many different soil mixes available on the market today, some of which are designed specifically for growing roses.  You need only select the one that works best for you and use that.  Your rose Pineapple Poll will thank you for it!

Planting Pineapple Poll Roses:

Getting your rose Pineapple Poll into the ground is not a difficult task and most growers can get the job 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 picked up one at the local nursery, it was probably already planted in a container for you and ready to bloom.  These are the easiest roses to plant.  Dig your hole at least twice the diameter of the container and equally as deep. This will give you more than enough room around the roots for your soil mix, while keeping the bud union at its original depth.

If you bought your Pineapple Poll roses online, they may have shipped them to you as bareroot plants, which is not uncommon.  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, 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 so below the surface.

Once you have your rose Pineapple Poll set in place on the mound, spread the roots out in all directions and then back fill the hole only 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 top off any final settling that may occur.  Do not tamp down the soil.  This method should make sure that you don’t have any air pockets around the roots.

Caring for Pineapple Poll Roses:

Taking care of the rose Pineapple Poll is much the same as any other Floribunda and once again, if you have any past experience growing roses, that will definitely some in handy here as well.  You will need to make sure that you provide your roses with enough water and nutrients, while taking care not to overdo it.  For most climates this amounts to about one deep watering every week.  If your climate is hot and dry, then you should check on your roses every 4 to 5 days.

You also should consider giving your Pineapple Poll roses a dose of a granular, all-purpose fertilizer in the early spring when the leaves start to form.  Like most Floribundas, this variety is also a repeat bloomer, which means it will do nicely from a few additional feedings over the course of the growing season.  I will typically give my rose their second feeding right after they have completed their first big bloom, and then a third feeding sometime around the middle of the summer, to encourage more blooms.  Your rose Pineapple Poll should do nicely on this schedule also.

Pruning Pineapple Poll Roses:

You should prune the rose Pineapple Poll in the very early spring when the weather starts to turn, but before the leaves begin to open.  This makes pruning so much easier.  Start by removing all the dead and discolored wood from the plant and set your cuttings aside.  Next, prune back any overlapping lateral canes from the plant so they do not compete for sun light when 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 best time to clean up around the base of your Pineapple Poll roses to get rid of all the dead leaves and debris that may have collected there.  Throw all of this material away in the trash, along with your cuttings.  Never let dead matter lay around your roses as it can quickly become a breeding ground for pests and diseases.  Finish up your pruning by giving your rose Pineapple Poll a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.

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