Shocking Blue roses were first bred in 1974 in Germany by Reimer Kordes. The Kordes family has been breeding roses for generations and they are one of those more famous European based rose breeders. This rose was created by crossing the rose Zorina with the hybrid tea rose Silver Star. The result is a really gorgeous mauve colored rose that tend to have darker purple edges on the petals.
The rose Shocking Blue will produce blooms that are fairly typical for a Floribunda rose with an average diameter of around 3.5 inches or so. The blooms will be very full having as many as 40 petals each. This rose really is suited to most places around your garden, even in a container, and no matter where you grow it you will be rewarded with a strong fragrance as well as colorful blooms. The plant itself will grow about 3 to 4 feet tall and around 2 feet across at full maturity.
Growing the rose Shocking Blue is not all that difficult 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 make in the life of your roses is where in the garden you choose to grow them. Roses require a lot of sun light if you want them to perform at their best and this variety is no exception. Try to select a location that gets at least 6 to 8 hours a day of direct sun light. If you can give them more, that is even better.
You also are going to want to plant your Shocking Blue roses in soil that drains well. This is a mistake that I see many newer growers make but it is also one that is easily overcome. Roses that are grown in soil that stays soaking wet for long periods of time tend to become weak and unhealthy and they will not perform as well. You will find that there are a great many soil mixes available on the commercial market these days and many of them are designed specifically for roses. Choose the one that works best for you and use that. Your rose Shocking Blue will thank you for it.
Getting the rose Shocking Blue into the ground is pretty easy and most growers can get the job done with just a few basic hand tools. How you go about planting your rose depends a little bit on how you originally purchased it. If you bought one at a local nursery then they probably already had it planted for you in a container. These are the easiest types of roses to plant. 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 the same depth.
If you bought your Shocking Blue roses online, then chances are they shipped them to you as bareroot plants, which is not uncommon. 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 of the soil.
Once you have your rose Shocking Blue set in place on top of the mound, spread the roots out in all directions and then back fill the hole about 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. Do not tamp down the soil.
Taking care of the rose Shocking Blue is much the same as taking care of any other rose. You will need to provide enough water and nutrients to the plant, while taking care 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, then you should check on your roses every 4 to 5 days.
You also should consider giving your Shocking Blue roses a dose of a granular all-purpose fertilizer in the early spring when the leaves begin to form. This will give them a great jump on the growing season. Like most floribunda roses, this variety is also a repeat bloomer so it will benefit greatly from a few additional feedings over the course of the growing season. I will typically give my roses their second feeding right after the first big bloom, and then a third feeding sometime around the middle of the summer. Your rose Shocking Blue should do very well on this schedule also.
You should prune your rose Shocking Blue in the very early spring before the leaves begin to open. This makes it much easier to see what you are doing. Start by removing all the dead and discolored wood from the plant and set your cuttings side. Next, prune back any overlapping lateral canes as these will 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 Shocking Blue roses and get rid of all he dead leaves and debris that tend to collect there over the growing season. Get rid of all this material in the trash, along with your cuttings. Never let this matter lay around your roses. Finish up your pruning by giving your rose Shocking Blue a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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