Reverie Roses

History of Reverie Roses:

Reverie roses were first bred in 1974 in Germany by Reimer Kordes.  The Kordes family is one of the most renowned rose breeders, not only in Europe, but the world over.  Few rose enthusiasts have not heard of their name, and the many creations they have given the world, over several generations of rose breeders.  The rose Reverie was created by crossing the rose Colour Wonder with an unnamed seedling.  The result is a terrific orange blended rose with an incredible fragrance.

The rose Reverie is also known as the Traumerei rose and it will be somewhat typical for a floribunda rose.  The blooms on this rose will grow to about 3.5 inches in diameter and they will be fairly full, carrying around 25 or so petals each.  The plant itself will grow upwards to about 3 feet tall at full maturity with a width of just a little less than that.  This is a great rose for container growing and you should have no trouble if you live in zones 6 and warmer.

Growing Reverie Roses:

Growing the rose Reverie is not difficult for most growers and if you have any past experience growing roses, then you should not find this variety to be all that challenging.  The biggest choice you will need to make in the life of your roses is where in the garden you ultimately choose to grow them.  Roses require a lot of sun light if you want them to perform well and this one is no exception.  Try to pick a spot in your garden that gets at least 6 or more hours each day of direct sun light.

You also will find that you should grow your Reverie roses in soil that drains very well.  If you grow your roses in soil that stays too wet for long periods of time, you will discover that your roses will suffer for it.  They can become weak and spindly and they will almost certainly underperform.  You will find that most garden centers carry a wide range of soil mixes, many of which are designed specifically for roses.  This makes resolving this issue very easy and your rose Reverie will thank you for it.

Planting Reverie Roses:

Getting your rose Reverie into the ground is a simple task and most growers can get the job done easily with just a few basic hand tools.  How you go about planting roses does depend a little bit on how you purchased them.  If you bought one from a local nursery, then more than likely they were already established for you in a container and ready to bloom.  These are the easiest types of 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 Reverie roses online, then 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 on the plant and deep enough to set the plant on top of a mound of soil while keeping the bud union no more than an inch below the surface of the soil.

Once you have your rose Reverie set in place on top of the mound, spread the roots out in all directions and then back fill the hole halfway to start, using your soil mix.  Take your 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 be sure to top off any final settling that might occur.  Do not tamp down the soil.  This method should make sure that you don’t get any air pockets around the roots of the plant.

Caring for Reverie Roses:

Taking care of the rose Reverie is also not difficult 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 amounts to about one deep watering per week.  If your climate is overly hot or dry then you should check on your roses every 4 to 5 days.

You also should consider giving your Reverie roses a dose of a granular all-purpose fertilizer in the early spring when the leaves begin to open.  This will help give your roses a good head start to the season.  Like most floribunda roses, this variety is also a repeat bloomer which means it will benefit nicely from a few additional feedings over the course of the growing season.  I usually give my roses their second feeding right after the first big bloom, and then a third feeding sometime around the middle of the summer to encourage late season blooms.  Your rose Reverie should do nicely on this schedule as well.

Pruning Reverie Roses:

You should prune the rose Reverie in the very early spring when the weather starts to warm but before the leaves start 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 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 your Reverie roses and get rid of all the dead leaves and debris that often collects there from the previous growing season.  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 turn into a breeding ground for pests and diseases.  Finish up your pruning by giving your rose Reverie a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.

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