History of Spellbinder Roses:
The hybrid tea rose Spellbinder was first bred in 1975 in the United States by William Warriner. William was a renowned rose breeder who spent 25 years working for Jackson & Perkins and was responsible for raising hundreds of varieties of roses. This particular rose was created by crossing a South Seas rose with a pollen plant from the Crimson Glory rose and an unnamed seedling. The result is a bright pink blended hybrid tea rose that is sure to brighten up any garden you decide to plant it in.
The blooms on Spellbinder roses will be typical for hybrid tea roses, averaging about 4 to 5 inches in diameter and they will be quite full with around 30 or so petals per bloom. The blooms on this rose will have a mild fragrance which makes them a great choice for cut flower arrangements. The plant itself will grow to about 4 or 5 feet tall at full maturity with a width around 2 to 3 feet across. The rose Spellbinder is best suited to zones 6 through 9.
Growing Spellbinder Roses:
Growing the rose Spellbinder is fairly easy and anyone who has some past experience growing roses will not find this variety to be all that challenging. The most important choice you will make in the life of your roses is where in the garden you choose to grow them. Roses require quite a bit of sun light if you want them to give you their best performance. For this reason among others, try to select a location that gets no less than 6 to 8 hours each day of full sun.
You also will need to grow your Spellbinder roses in soil that drains well. This is rather simple to accomplish as there are a wide range of soil mixes available on the commercial market. You just need to choose the one you prefer. Another big factor in the health of your roses is selecting a location that exposes them to the natural air currents through your garden. I’ve found this is often overlooked by many growers but proper air flow is essential to keeping the leaves of your rose Spellbinder dry and likewise, the overall plant healthy and strong.
Planting Spellbinder Roses:
Getting your rose Spellbinder into the ground is rather straight forward and most folks can get the job done with a few basic hand tools. If you bought your rose from a local nursery, then they probably already had it planted in a container for you and ready to bloom. These are the easiest to plant. Dig yourself a hole that is at least twice the diameter of the container, and equally as deep. This will keep the bud union at its original depth while still giving you plenty of room around the roots for your soil mix.
If you bought your Spellbinder roses online, then they might have shipped them to you as bareroot plants, which is not uncommon. For these, dig your hole as wide as the longest roots and deep enough to allow you to set the plant on top of a mound of soil while keeping the bud union about an inch below the surface of the soil.
Once you have your rose Spellbinder set in place on top of the mound, spread the roots out in all directions and 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 go ahead and fill the hole the rest of the way. Give the loose soil one more heavy watering and be sure to top off any final settling that may occur. This method should make sure that you don’t get air pockets around the roots.
Depending on your climate, you may want to mound up some fresh mulch around the exposed canes of the plant, just until new growth starts to form. This will help prevent them from drying out.
Caring for Spellbinder Roses:
Taking care of the rose Spellbinder is also not very difficult and once again, any past experience growing hybrid tea roses will certainly come in handy. You will need to make sure that you provide your roses with ample water, while taking care not to overdo it. For most mild climates this amounts to one deep watering per week. If you live in a hot or dry climate, then you may need to check your roses every 4 to 5 days.
You also can give your Spellbinder roses a dose of a granular all-purpose fertilizer in the spring when the leaves begin to form. This will give your roses a good jump on the season. Like most hybrid tea roses, this one is also a repeat bloomer so it will benefit from additional feedings over the course of the growing season. I usually give my roses their second feeding immediately after the first big bloom, and then a third feeding sometime around the middle of summer. Your rose Spellbinder will do well on this schedule also.
Pruning Spellbinder Roses:
You should prune the rose Spellbinder in the very early spring when the weather starts to turn, but before the leaves begin to bud. This makes it much easier to see what you are doing. Start by removing all the dead leaves and debris from the plant and set your cuttings aside. Next, prune back any overlapping canes as these will compete for sun light later on. Lastly, give the remaining canes a cut back by about one third of their current height.
This is also the time to clean up around the base of your Spellbinder 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. Never let dead matter lay around your roses as it can easily turn into a breeding ground for pests and diseases. Finish up your pruning by giving your rose Spellbinder a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the new season.
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