Ruth Leuwerik roses were first bred in 1961 in the Netherlands by De Ruiter Innovations BV. It was later introduced to the market in the United Kingdom by Gandy’s Roses. De Ruiter is family run rose breeding operation that began in the 1920’s and continues to this day. This particular rose was created by crossing the Kathe Duvigneau rose with the rose named Rosemary Rose. The result is a classic red Floribunda rose.
The rose Ruth Leuwerik is typical for most Floribundas you might be used to, producing blooms that are around 3 inches or so in diameter. The blooms will be nice and full, having as many as 30 to 40 petals per bloom. The plant itself tends to stay a little more compact than some varieties, only growing about 2 to 3 feet tall at full maturity. This short stature makes this rose well suited to container growing as well as in your garden. One thing is for certain though, no matter where you choose to grow the rose Ruth Leuwerik, you will not only be rewarded with a great rose, but you will also get a fragrance that will make you glad you grew it.
Growing the rose Ruth Leuwerik is not really any different than other Floribundas you may have grown in the past. The biggest choice you will have to make is where in your garden you decide to grow them. like most roses, this variety requires a lot of sun light if you want it to perform well. Try to select a location that gets no less than 6 to 8 hours a day of full sun. More is even better!
You also will need to grow your Ruth Leuwerik roses in soil that drains well. Roses that are grown in constantly wet soil almost never do very well and they easily become infected or infested with diseases or pests. This is a very common mistake but it is also one that is easily corrected. You will find a wide variety of growing soils on the commercial market these days and many are designed specifically for growing roses. You need only choose the one that best suits you and plant your rose Ruth Leuwerik in that.
Getting the rose Ruth Leuwerik into the ground is not difficult and most growers can get the job done pretty well with just a few basic hand tools. How you go about planting your roses depends a little bit on how you purchased them. if you bought your rose from a local nursery, then chances are they already had it planted 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 Ruth Leuwerik roses online, they may have shipped them to you as bare root plants. This is not uncommon at all and 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 allow you to set the plant on top of a mound of soil while keeping the bud union no more than an inch or so below the surface.
Once you have your Ruth Leuwerik roses set in place on top of the mound, spread the roots out in all directions and then back fill the hole only 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 you can go ahead and finish filling the hole the rest of the way. Give the soil one more heavy watering and be sure to top off any final settling that may occur, but do not tamp down the soil. This method should make sure that you don’t get any air pockets around the roots.
Taking care of the rose Ruth Leuwerik is not difficult either 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 being careful not to overdo it. For most climates this amounts to about one deep watering per week. If you live in a hot or dry region, you should check on your roses every 4 to 5 days.
You also should consider giving your Ruth Leuwerik roses a dose of a granular all-purpose fertilizer in the early spring when the leaves start to open. This will get your roses off to a fast start. Like most Floribundas, this one is also a repeat bloomer so 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 they have completed their first big bloom, and then a third feeding sometime around the middle of the summer to encourage late season flushes. Your rose Ruth Leuwerik should do nicely on this schedule also.
You should prune your rose Ruth Leuwerik in the very early spring, after the weather starts to break but before the leaves begin to open. This makes pruning much easier. Start by getting rid of all the dead leaves and debris from the plant and set your cuttings aside. Next, prune back any overlapping lateral canes as these will eventually 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 to promote new growth.
This is also the time to clean up around the base of your Ruth Leuwerik roses and get rid of all the dead leaves and debris that may have collected there. Throw away all of this material in the trash along with your cuttings. Finish up your pruning by giving your rose Ruth Leuwerik a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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