Purple Splendour roses were first bred in 1976 in the United Kingdom by Edward Burton Le Grice. Edward was a famous rose breeder in the United Kingdom in the mid 1900’s. This rose was one of his last creations before he passed away in 1977. This variety was created by crossing the Overture rose with the rose News. The result is classic mauve colored Floribunda rose that has a mild fragrance.
The rose Purple Splendour will produce blooms that are fairly typical for a Floribunda, averaging about 4 inches or so in diameter. The plant itself will grow to about 3 to 4 feet tall at full maturity, with a width of about 2 to 3 feet across. This repeat bloomer will do well in zones 6 through 9 like most roses.
Growing the rose Purple Splendour is not difficult and is much the same as growing other types of roses. The biggest decision you will make in the life of your roses is where in the garden you choose to grow them. Roses require a lot of sun light if you want them to perform at their best and this rose 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 are going to want to grow your Purple Splendour roses in soil that drains very well. This is normal for roses in general as the plant tends to become sickly and weak if grown in soil that stays soaking wet for long periods of time. This is a common mistake among growers, but also one that is easily fixed. There are plenty of soil mixes available on the commercial market today, many of which are designed specifically for growing roses. Simply select the one you prefer and use that. Your rose Purple Splendour will thank you for it!
Getting your rose Purple Splendour into the ground is not a hard task and most growers can get the job done well with just a few basic hand tools. How you go about planting your rose depends a little bit on how you purchased it. If you found one locally, then it was probably already established in a container and ready to bloom. These are the easiest to plant as all the guesswork has already been done for you. 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 still giving you plenty of room around the roots for your soil mix.
If you bought your Purple Splendour roses online, then they most likely shipped them to you as bareroot plants, which is very common. You should first soak the roots of these overnight in a bucket of lukewarm water prior to planting day. Then dig your hole as wide as the longest roots on the plant, and deep enough to allow you to set the plant on top of a mound of soil while still keeping the bud union no more than an inch or two below the surface of the soil.
Once you have your rose Purple Splendour set in place on the mound, spread the roots out in all directions and then you can back fill the hole only about halfway to start, using your soil mix. Take the garden hose and water the loose soil heavily until it flows around the roots like mud, then 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 ensure that you don’t get air pockets around the roots.
Taking care of the rose Purple Splendour is pretty straight forward and once again, any past experience you may 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 comes out to about one deep watering per week. If you live in a hot or dry region, then you should probably check your roses every 4 to 5 days.
You also should consider giving your Purple Splendour roses a dose of a granular all-purpose fertilizer in the early spring when the leaves begin to form. This will give your roses a fast start on the growing season. Like most Floribunda roses, this variety is also a repeat bloomer, so it will do nicely with a couple extra feedings throughout the growing season. I usually give my roses their second feeding immediately following the first big bloom, and then a third feeding sometime around the middle of the summer to help promote some late season blooms. Your rose Purple Splendour should do nicely on this schedule as well.
You should prune your rose Purple Splendour in the very early spring after the weather breaks but before the leaves start to open. This makes pruning so much easier and it is less stressful on the plant. Start by removing all the dead and discolored wood from the plant and set your cuttings aside. Next, prune back any overlapping canes so they do not compete with one another 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 rake up around the base of your Purple Splendour roses and get rid of all the junk that tends to collect there over a season. Throw away all of this material in the trash, along with your cuttings. Never let dead matter lay around your roses as it can quickly turn into a breeding ground for pests and diseases. Finish up your pruning by giving your rose Purple Splendour a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the new season.
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