History of Sassy Cindy Roses:
The rose Sassy Cindy was first bred in the United States in 2006 by Dennis Bridges of Bridges Roses, formally out of North Carolina. This beautiful miniature rose was created by crossing a Purple Dawn rose with the Trickster rose. The result is a stunning red rose with yellow to white reverse petals. This little rose is certain to be a head turner no matter where you might decide to plant it.
Sassy Cindy roses are a great candidate for containers or flower beds. The blooms will only average about 2 inches in diameter and will have only a mild fragrance, if any. The blooms are mostly solitary which makes them a great choice for cut flower arrangements. The rose Sassy Cindy will grow upright anywhere from 2 to 3 feet tall and stay somewhat narrow. This repeat bloomer will do well in a great many places around your garden and if given proper care, it will provide you with stunning blooms all season long.
Growing Sassy Cindy Roses:
The rose Sassy Cindy can be grown successfully if you follow basic rose care guidelines. First off, you must select a location that gets proper sun light exposure. This is not a variety that will do exceptionally well in a shady spot. Try to provide it with at least 6 to 8 hours a day or more, of direct, full sun light. You can certainly attempt to grow it in partial shade, but you will see a noticeable drop in performance and frequency of blooms.
You should also provide your Sassy Cindy roses with soil that is well drained. If you grow your plants in containers, this is especially easy and you can choose your own potting mix. If you are planting the rose Sassy Cindy in a flower bed, then you should probably add a few amendments to your soil. I always suggest to new growers that they take a trip to their local nursery and buy a bag of a good organic compost. Mix the compost into your garden soil at a ratio of 1 part compost for every 2 parts soil. I have found this to be an exceptional growing mix for roses and have been using this easy recipe for years with great success!
Planting Sassy Cindy Roses:
Planting the rose Sassy Cindy is very easy and just about anyone can get the job done with a few basic hand tools. How you go about planting does depend a little on how and where you purchased your rose however. If you bought your rose locally, then more than likely it was already planted in a container and the guesswork is already done for you. All you have to do is dig a hole that is at least twice the diameter of the container, and equally as deep. This will give you plenty of room for your rich soil mix, while still keeping the bud union at its current depth.
If you bought your Sassy Cindy roses online, then they may have shipped them to you as a bareroot plant, which is very common. You should first soak these overnight in a bucket of lukewarm water, prior to planting day. Then dig a hole that is as wide as the longest roots, and deep enough so that you can set the plant atop a mound of soil, and keep the bud union about an inch or two below the surface.
Set your rose Sassy Cindy in place and spread the roots out in all directions around the mound. Then back fill the hole only halfway to start with your soil mix. Water the loose soil heavily until it flows around the roots like mud. Go ahead and back fill 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.
Caring for Sassy Cindy Roses:
Taking care of the rose Sassy Cindy is pretty easy. You should make sure that you are giving your roses one deep watering per week. If you are unsure if they need watered, stick your finger into the soil at the base of the rose. If it comes out wet, then you should wait a few more days. Always try to water the base of the plant only. Many growers will shower the entire plant from the top down and create excess moisture on the leaves that could lead to diseases such as blackspot.
You should also give your Sassy Cindy roses a dose of a good all-purpose granular fertilizer in the early spring when the leaves begin to form. Since this is a repeat bloomer, it will benefit greatly from additional feedings throughout the growing season. I will usually give my roses a second feeding just after the first big bloom, and then one more sometime around the middle of summer to encourage late season flushes. Your rose Sassy Cindy will love this schedule as well.
Pruning Sassy Cindy Roses:
You should always prune the rose Sassy Cindy in the early spring before the leaves begin to form. This makes it much easier to see what you are doing. Start by cutting away all the dead and discolored canes from the plant. Then go through and prune back any canes that overlap one another so they do not compete for sun light once the leaves open up. Lastly, cut back the remaining canes of your rose about one third of their original height, to encourage new growth.
This is also a great time to clean up all the dead leaves and debris that may have collected around the base of your Sassy Cindy roses. Throw away all of this material in the trash along with your cuttings. Never let decaying matter lay around your roses as it can quickly turn into a breeding ground for pests and diseases. Finish up by giving your rose Sassy Cindy a generous layer of fresh mulch to start off the growing season.
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