Sexy Rexy roses were first bred in 1984 in New Zealand by Samuel McGredy IV. Samuel McGredy IV took over his family’s nursery in 1952 in Ireland, but later moved the company to New Zealand in 1972 because the country had a climate that virtually eliminated the need for greenhouses. The rose Sexy Rexy was created by crossing the Seaspray rose with the rose Dreaming. The result is a great classic pink Floribunda rose that will look good in any garden decor.
The rose Sexy Rexy will produce blooms that are a little smaller than you might be used to on a floribunda rose, only reaching an average diameter of about 2.5 inches. The blooms will be very full with as many as 40 petals per bloom and they will form in large clusters of flowers. The plant itself will stay fairly compact, growing about 2 to 3 feet tall at full maturity, with a width of around 2 feet across. This floribunda will bloom in multiple flushes over the course of the growing season.
Growing the rose Sexy Rexy is not a difficult task and if you have any prior experience growing roses, then you should not find this variety to be all that challenging. The biggest decision you will have to make in the life of your roses is where in your garden you are ultimately going to grow them. You will find that roses need a lot of sun light if you want them to perform at their best and this variety is no exception. So try to select a location that will get at least 6 to 8 hours a day of direct sun light.
You also will need to grow your Sexy Rexy roses in soil that drains pretty well. If you grow your roses in soil that does not drain properly, then you may find that your roses never meet their potential and they may even be weak and sickly. This is a common mistake I see but it is also one that is not difficult to overcome. There are many different soil mixes available on the market today and some are designed specifically for roses. You need only choose the one that best suits your needs and use that. Your rose Sexy Rexy will thank you for it!
Getting your rose Sexy Rexy into the ground is not a tough task and most growers can get the job done easily with just a few basic hand tools. How you go about planting your rose does depend a little bit on how you purchased it. If you found one at a local nursery then it is likely that they already had it planted for you in a container and ready to bloom. For these, dig your hole at least twice the diameter of the container and equally as deep. This will give you plenty of room around the roots for your soil mix while keeping the bud union at its original depth.
If you bought your Sexy Rexy roses online, then they probably shipped them to you as bareroot plants, which is not uncommon. You should first soak the roots of these 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 so that you can set the rose on top of a mound of soil and still keep the bud union no more than an inch or so below the surface of the soil.
Once you have your rose Sexy Rexy set in place, spread the roots out in all directions around the mound and then backfill 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 continue filling the hole the rest of the way. Give the loose soil one more heavy watering and top off any final settling that may occur. Do not tamp down the soil.
Taking care of the rose Sexy Rexy is pretty straight forward and once again, any prior experience you may have growing roses will certainly come in handy here as well. You will need to make sure that your roses are getting enough water and nutrients, while being careful not to overdo it. For most climates this will amount to about one deep watering every week. If your region is unusually hot and dry, then you should check on your roses every couple of days.
You should also give your Sexy Rexy roses a dose of a granular all-purpose fertilizer in the early spring when you see the leaves begin to form. This will help get your roses off to a fast start on the season. Like most Floribundas, this rose is also a repeat bloomer so it will benefit well from additional feedings throughout the season. I will usually give my roses their second feeding right after the first big bloom, and then a third feeding around the middle of the summer to encourage late season flushes. Your rose Sexy Rexy should do nicely on this schedule also.
You should prune the rose Sexy Rexy in the very early spring before the leaves begin to open, but after the weather starts to warm up. This will make the job so much easier. Start by removing all the dead and discolored canes from the plant and set these aside. Next, prune back any of the lateral canes that overlap one another as they will eventually compete for sunlight 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 best time to clean up around the base of your Sexy Rexy roses and get rid of all the dead material that inevitably will collect there. Throw all this material away in the trash, along with your cuttings. Never let dead matter lay around your rose and never toss rose cuttings into the compost bin. Finish up your pruning by giving your rose Sexy Rexy a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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