History of Santa Clause Roses:
The miniature rose Santa Clause was first bred in Denmark in 1991 by L Pernille, and Mogens N Olesen. It was later introduced to market in the United States by Weeks roses. This dark red little rose has a very mild fragrance and produces blooms that are about 2 inches or so in diameter. Santa Clause makes a great container rose, or you could also plant it in a smaller flower bed as a border rose.
Santa Clause roses stay pretty compact and only grow up to about 24 inches tall at full maturity. Like most miniature roses it is a repeat bloomer so with proper care this rose will give you plenty of stunning blooms for the entire season. The rose Santa Clause has a very high resistance to diseases, which makes it popular among growers who prefer low maintenance roses. The hardiness of this rose is much like most roses. If you live in zones 6 or warmer, then you should have no problems growing this particular variety.
Growing Santa Clause Roses:
The rose Santa Clause requires the same growing conditions as most of the other roses you might already have. First and foremost, make sure that you give this miniature rose plenty of sun light. A good rule of thumb is to give your roses at least 6 to 8 hours each day of direct sun light. Many varieties can still thrive in partial shade, however you are likely to discover that they do not produce near as many blooms. You should also choose a location that is subjected to the natural air currents through your garden. Good air flow will keep the leaves dry and healthier.
Santa Clause roses should also be grown in soil that drains well. You want the soil to retain the moisture for the plant, but you don’t want the roots to stay soaking wet for long periods of time as this will open up the plant to risk of certain diseases and pests. What I usually do when I’m ready to plant a new rose is I’ll pick up a bag of organic compost from the local garden center. Mix the compost in with the loose soil at a ratio of 1 part compost for every 2 parts soil. This is a great mix for most plants and your rose Santa Clause will love it.
Planting Santa Clause Roses:
Planting the rose Santa Clause is not all that difficult, however it does depend a little on how your purchased it. If you found one at a local nursery, then chances are it was already established in a container and ready to bloom. All you need to do for these is dig yourself a hole that is at least twice the diameter of the container and equally as deep. This will give you ample room for your soil mix around the roots, while still keeping the bud union at the same depth it was originally planted.
If you bought your Santa Clause roses online, there’s a good chance they were shipped to you as bareroot plants. You should first soak these overnight in a bucket of room temperature water prior to planting day. Then dig yourself a hole that is as wide as the longest roots, and deep enough to allow you to set your rose Santa Clause atop a mound of soil and still keep the bud union an inch or two below the surface of the soil.
Spread the roots out in all directions and then back fill the hole halfway to start. Take your garden hose and thoroughly water the loose soil until it flows around the roots like mud. Then you can go ahead and back fill the hole the rest of the way. Be sure to give the soil one last heavy watering so you can top off any final settling that may occur. Do not tamp the soil down. This method should ensure that no air pockets have formed around the roots.
Many growers will also cover the exposed canes with a layer of mulch until new growth forms, then remove the mound. This helps prevent the plant from drying out.
Caring for Santa Clause Roses:
Taking care of your rose Santa Clause is pretty straight forward and is not any different from your other roses. You will need to make sure that you provide it with ample water, while being conscious not to over water the plant. In most climates, a good rule of thumb is to provide one deep watering per week. If you happen to live in a hot or dry climate then you may find that you need to step that up to one watering every 4 to 5 days or so.
Your Santa Clause roses will also do very well if you give them a dose of a good all-purpose granular fertilizer in the early spring when the leaves start to form. This will give them a great start to the growing season. Since this rose is also a repeat bloomer, you should consider giving it additional feedings throughout the growing season. I will usually give my roses a second feeding just after the first big bloom, and then a third one sometime around the middle of the summer, to help encourage additional late season blooms. Your rose Santa Clause should do very well with this feeding schedule also.
Pruning Santa Clause Roses:
You should always prune the rose Santa Clause in the early spring before the leaves start to form. This makes it much easier to see what you are doing. Start by removing all the dead wood, as well as any canes that look discolored. Next, prune back any lateral canes that overlap one another as these will compete for sun light once the leaves have opened. Lastly, give your climbing roses a light pruning for shape and to train the canes to grow around the available supports.
This is also a good time to clean up around the base of your Santa Clause roses and get rid of all the dead leaves and debris that may have collected there from the previous growing season. Discard this material in the trash, along with your cuttings. Never let decaying matter lay around your roses as it can become a breeding ground for certain pests and diseases. Finish up your pruning by giving your rose Santa Clause a fresh layer of mulch to start off the new season.
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