History of Rosenborg Castle Roses:
The first Rosenborg Castle roses were bred in Europe and this particular variety is predominantly sold in that part of the world. This is part of the “Castle” collection of roses bred and trademarked by Poulsen Roser out of Denmark. It does not appear as if this particular variety is still commercially available in any region so if you are fortunate to have your hands on one, you would do well to take care of it. You may also find this variety sold under the name Drottningholm roses.
Drottningholm roses are miniature roses that produce soft pink blooms that are about 1.5 to 2 inches in diameter. The blooms do not have much of a fragrance to speak of but they will be somewhat full having around 25 or so petals each. The plant itself will grow about 3 feet tall at full maturity and it will make a stunning addition to just about any garden you wish to place it in. You will often find the rose Drottningholm grown in containers on porches and patios.
Growing Rosenborg Castle Roses:
Growing Rosenborg Castle roses is pretty straight forward and you will want to use the same practices that you use with your other roses. You are going to want to plant this rose in a location that gets as much sun light as possible. As a general rule of thumb for roses, 6 to 8 hours each day is the minimum. If you are able to provide your roses more then do so. They will reward you for the effort.
You also will want to plant your Drottningholm roses in soil that drains well. This is rather easy if you are planting them in containers on your patio as you can just make sure that you use the proper potting soil. If you are going to grow this rose in your garden however, then that becomes a little more of a concern. If you are unsure about the quality of your garden soil, take a trip to your local garden center and pick up a bag of a good organic compost. Mix this into the soil at a ratio of 1 part compost for every 2 parts soil. Your Drottningholm roses will absolutely love it!
Planting Rosenborg Castle Roses:
Getting your Drottningholm roses into the ground is not terribly difficult and you can get the job done with a few basic hand tools. If you bought your roses from a local nursery, then chances are they were already planted in containers and ready to bloom. These are the easiest to get planted. Dig your hole about twice the diameter of the container, and equally as deep. This leaves you plenty of room around the roots for your soil mix while still keeping the bud union at the same depth it was originally planted.
Now if you bought your Drottningholm roses from an online nursery, then they may have shipped them to you as bareroot plants. For these you will want to dig your hole as wide as the longest roots on the plant, and deep enough to allow you to set the plant atop a mound of soil while still keeping the bud union no more than an inch or two below the surface.
Set your Rosenborg Castle roses atop the mound and spread the roots out in all directions. Then back fill the hole halfway to start and using the garden hose, water the loose soil until it flows around the roots like mud. Then back fill the hole the rest of the way and give it one more heavy watering, being sure to top off any final settling that may occur. This method should ensure that no air pockets have formed around the roots. You also may want to mound up some fresh soil around the exposed canes until new growth has formed. This will help prevent them from drying out.
Caring for Rosenborg Castle Roses:
Taking care of your Drottningholm roses is pretty straight forward and you can follow basic rose care guidelines. You first need to make sure that you are providing it with ample water without overwatering them. This might seem like a contradiction, but it is actually quite important. For most climates one deep watering per week is usually sufficient. If you live in a hot or dry climate, you will need to check your roses every couple of days.
You also should give your Rosenborg Castle roses a dose of a good all-purpose granular fertilizer in the early spring when the leaves begin to form. Like most miniature roses, this variety is also a repeat bloomer so it will benefit greatly from additional feedings over the course of the growing season. I will typically give my roses a second dose just after the first big bloom and then a third dose sometime around the middle of summer. Your Drottningholm roses will do well on this schedule also.
Pruning Rosenborg Castle Roses:
You should prune your Drottningholm roses in the early spring before the leaves begin to form. Start by removing all the dead and discolored wood. Then prune back any lateral canes that overlap one another as these will eventually compete for sun light once they fully open. Lastly, cut back the remaining canes by about one third of their current height to promote new growth.
This is also the time to rake up around the base of your Rosenborg Castle roses and get rid of all the dead leaves and debris that have collected there from the previous growing season. Throw away all this material in the trash along with your cuttings. Finish up your pruning by giving your Drottningholm roses a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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