History of Red Eden Roses:
The rose Red Eden was first bred in 2002 in France by Alain Meilland. Alain took over Meilland Roses in 1958 at the young age of only 18 when his father, Francis Meilland, passed away. He currently runs the company today in 2012. Red Eden was created by crossing the Ulmer Munster rose with a seedling of the Cappa Magna rose. The result was an absolutely stunning crimson red climbing rose that produces large blooms averaging about 4.5 inches in diameter.
Red Eden roses will grow to be about 7 to 15 feet tall at full maturity and will reach widths of about 8 feet across. They will have dense foliage that is medium green in color with a somewhat glossy finish. These giant blooms are extremely full and can sometimes contain as many as 100 petals each. One of the most exciting features of the rose Red Eden, other than those gorgeous big blooms of course, is the fact that this climbing rose is a perpetual bloomer. This means that if grown properly, it will bloom continuously throughout the entire growing season.
Growing Red Eden Roses:
Growing the rose Red Eden is not all that difficult and you can really save yourself a lot of frustration if you start by choosing the right location for this rose. For starters, this rose is rated for zones 6 through 9 so if you live in a colder region, you might need to rethink your choice. Also since this rose is a continuous blooming rose, it will need a lot of sun light to give you the best performance possible. A good rule of thumb for most types of roses is to provide them with at least 6 to 8 hours a day of direct sun light.
If you are able to give your roses exposure to the morning sun light, that is most preferable as this will help to dry out the dew quickly, keeping the leaves of your roses dry and healthier. Good air circulation is also critical to healthy plants, so try to make sure your Red Eden roses are not too sheltered from the air currents through your garden. You will also need to provide them with soil that is well drained. Roses typically will perform badly if grown in soil that stays constantly damp for long periods of time.
Planting Red Eden Roses:
Getting your rose Red Eden into the ground is not all the difficult if you have a little ambition and a few basic hand tools. The first thing I always tell growers who are planting new roses is to take a trip to the local garden center before you start digging, and buy a bag of a good organic compost. When you dig your hole, mix in the compost with the loose soil at a ratio of 1 part compost for every 2 parts soil. You will be amazed at how well your new roses do.
How you go about planting your Red Eden roses depends a little on how you purchased them. If you bought them from a local nursery then they most likely were already planted in a container and well established. These are real easy to plant and all you need to do is dig yourself a hole that is at least twice the diameter of the container, and equally as deep. This gives you plenty of room around the roots for your new soil mix, but it still keeps the bud union at the same depth. This is very important.
If you ordered your rose Red Eden online, then chances are it was shipped to you as a bareroot plant. The first thing you should do is soak the plant overnight in a bucket of lukewarm water to rehydrate the roots. Then dig yourself a hole that is as wide as the longest roots and deep enough to allow you to set the plant atop a mound of soil yet still keeping the bud union an inch or two below the surface of the soil.
Set your rose Red Eden in place and spread the roots out in all directions down the sides of the mound. Go ahead and start backfilling the hole, but only halfway to start. Take your garden hose and water the loose soil heavily until it flows all around the roots. Then go ahead and fill the hole the remainder of the way. Give the loose soil one last heavy watering and top off any final settling that may have occurred. Do not tamp down the soil. It is also suggested that you mound up some mulch around the exposed canes until new growth begins to form. This will help prevent the canes from drying out and you can remove the mound back to ground level once new growth has formed.
Caring for Red Eden Roses:
Taking care of the rose Red Eden is pretty simple and you can adopt regular rose care maintenance guidelines. Roses need ample water to do their work, but you also need to make sure that you are not overwatering them. One deep watering each week should be sufficient unless you live in a hot or dry region.
You can also give your Red Eden roses a dose of an all-purpose granular fertilizer in early spring when the leaves begin to bud. Since this is a continuous blooming rose, the rose Red Eden will benefit greatly from additional feedings over the course of the growing season. I will usually give my roses a second feeding right before the first big bloom pops, and then a third feeding later on in midsummer, to promote additional late season blooms.
Pruning Red Eden Roses:
You should always prune the rose Red Eden in early spring before the leaves start to form. Start by removing all the dead wood from the plant, along with any canes that look discolored from disease. Next, prune back any lateral canes that overlap one another as these will eventually compete for sun light once the leaves fully open. Lastly, give your climbing roses a light pruning for shape and to encourage some new growth.
This is the time to also rake up the dead leaves and debris from around the base of your roses. Throw this material away in the trash along with your cuttings. Never let them lay around the base of your roses or throw it in the compost pile. Decaying matter can become a breeding ground for various pests and diseases. I always finish up my pruning by giving my roses a nice fresh layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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