Pinocchio roses were first bred in 1940 in Germany by Wilhelm Kordes II. As his name shows, Wilhelm was the second in a long family tradition that is rich with rose breeders. To this day the Kordes family name is known world-wide among rose growers and enthusiasts. The rose Pinocchio was created by crossing the hybrid musk rose Eva, with the Golden Rapture rose. The result is a great salmon colored rose that has yellow and pink shading throughout.
The blooms on the rose Pinocchio will be very small compared to other Floribunda roses, only reaching diameters of about 2 inches or so across. They will have quite a few petals however, up to 30 per bloom, and they will form in small clusters all over the plant. The plant itself will be typical in size for a floribunda, growing about 3 feet tall at full maturity with a width of about the same as its height. This rose is a vigorous grower that is often grown as a container rose, but it is equally at home in any of your flower beds.
Growing the rose Pinocchio is not a difficult task and if you have any past experience growing roses, then you should not find this variety to be all that challenging. The biggest decision you will have to make in the life of your roses is 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 one is no exception. Try to select a location that gets no less than 6 to 8 hours each day of direct sun light.
You also will need to grow your Pinocchio roses in soil that drains well. If you try to grow your roses in soil that never drains, you will often find that the roses get very sickly and underperform. This is a common mistake that I see many growers make, but it also a very easy one to avoid. There are many different soil mixes available on the market today, and a variety of them are designed just for growing roses. Select the one that is best suited to your application and use that. Sometimes it really is that simple.
Getting your rose Pinocchio into the ground is not all that difficult and most growers should be able to get the job done easily with just a few basic hand tools. How you go about planting depends a little bit on how you originally purchased your roses. If you found one locally, most likely they had it already established for you in a container. These are the easiest roses to plant. Dig your hole at least twice the diameter of the container and equally as deep. This will keep the bud union at its original depth, while giving you plenty of room around the roots for your soil mix.
If you bought your Pinocchio roses online, they may have shipped them to you as bareroot plants, which is very common. These you should first soak 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 set the plant atop a mound of soil, while keeping the bud union no more than an inch or so below the surface of the soil.
Once you have your rose Pinocchio set in place on the mound, spread the roots out in all directions and then backfill the hole about halfway to start, using your soil mix. Then take the garden hose and water the loose soil heavily until it flows around the roots like mud. Fill the hole the rest of the way and give the soil one more heavy watering, being sure to top off any final settling that may occur. Do not tamp down the soil. This method should ensure that no air pockets have formed around the roots.
Taking care of the rose Pinocchio is a pretty simple matter and once again, any past experience you might have growing roses will certainly come in handy here as well. You will need to make sure that you are providing your roses with ample water and nutrients, while taking care not to overdo it. For most climates this usually amounts to about one deep watering per week. If you live in a hot or dry region however, you should check on your roses every 4 to 5 days just to be safe.
You also should consider giving your Pinocchio roses a dose of a granular all-purpose fertilizer in the early spring when the leaves begin to bud. This will give your roses a good jump on the growing season. Like most floribunda roses, this one is also a repeat bloomer, which means it will benefit nicely from a few additional feedings over the course of the growing season. I will typically give my roses their second feeding right after the first big bloom, and a second feeding sometime around the middle of the summer to encourage late blooms. Your rose Pinocchio should do very well on this schedule also.
You should prune the rose Pinocchio in the very early spring when the weather starts to turn, but before the leaves have started to open. This makes pruning so 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 as these will compete for sun light once the leaves fully open. Lastly, give the remaining canes a cut back by about one third of their current height.
This is also the time to clean up around the base of your Pinocchio roses and get rid of any debris that might have collected there. Never let dead matter lay around your roses as it can lead to a variety of problems down the line. Throw all of this material away in the trash, along with your cuttings. Finish up your pruning by giving your rose Pinocchio a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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