History of Uwe Seeler Roses:
The floribunda rose Uwe Seeler was first bred in 1970 in Germany by Reimer Kordes and later introduced to market by his family’s company. Reimer Kordes was a famous rose breeder who was the successor to his father, Wilhelm Kordes, of Kordes roses in Germany. This particular rose was created by crossing the hybrid tea rose Queen Elizabeth with the rose Colour Wonder. The result is a reddish-orange floribunda rose that has nice sized blooms and a strong fragrance that any grower is sure to love.
The blooms on Uwe Seeler roses will be typical for floribundas, averaging about 3.5 inches or so in diameter. The fragrance will be quite delightful, making this variety a great choice for cut flower arrangements. The plant itself will grow to about 4 to 6 feet tall with a width around 3 feet or so across. The growing requirements are quite typical for the rose Uwe Seeler and it will do very nicely in zones 6 and warmer.
Growing Uwe Seeler Roses:
Growing the rose Uwe Seeler is not difficult and anyone who has some prior experience growing roses is not likely to find this variety all that challenging. The biggest decision you will have to make in the life of your roses is where in the garden you choose to grow them. Roses in general will need as much sun light as you can provide them, 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 direct sun light.
You also will need to grow your Uwe Seeler roses in soil that drains well. This is extremely important for keeping your roses strong and healthy. Roses that tend to stay damp for long periods of time often do not do well. This is a rather simple thing to do however as there are a great many different soil mixes available on the market today. Just choose the one that works best for you. Another important factor in growing the rose Uwe Seeler is exposing the plant to the natural air currents through your garden. This helps tremendously with keeping the leaves of the plant dry, and the overall plant more healthy.
Planting Uwe Seeler Roses:
Getting the rose Uwe Seeler into the ground is pretty straight forward and most growers can get the job done with a few basic hand tools. If you bought your rose locally, then it was probably already established in a container for you. These are the easiest to plant. Dig your hole at least twice the diameter of the container and equally as deep. This will give you a lot of room around the roots for your soil mix, while keeping the bud union at its current depth.
If you bought your Uwe Seeler roses online, then they might have shipped them to you as bareroot plants, which is not uncommon. You should first soak the roots on these overnight in a bucket of room temperature water prior to planting day. Then dig the 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 or so below the surface.
Once you have your rose Uwe Seeler set in place on top of the mound, spread the roots out in all directions and then back fill the hole 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 soil one more heavy watering and be sure to top off any final settling that may occur. This method should make sure that no air pockets have formed around the roots.
Depending on your climate, you may want to mound up some fresh mulch around the exposed canes of the plant, to help prevent them from drying out, just until new growth has formed.
Caring for Uwe Seeler Roses:
Taking care of the rose Uwe Seeler is not difficult either and once again, any prior experience caring for roses will certainly come in handy here as well. You will need to provide enough water to your roses while taking care not to overdo it. For most mild climates, this amounts to about one deep watering per week. If you live in a hot or dry climate, then you may need to check on your roses every couple of days.
You also can give your Uwe Seeler roses a dose of a granular all-purpose fertilizer in the spring time when you see the leaves start to form. This will give your roses a great jump on the season. Like most floribunda roses, this one is a repeat bloomer also so it will do nicely with a couple more feedings spread out over the growing season. I usually give my roses a second feeding immediately following the first big bloom, and then a third feeding sometime around the middle of the summer to encourage late season blooms. Your roses Uwe Seeler will do well on this schedule also.
Pruning Uwe Seeler Roses:
You should prune your rose Uwe Seeler in the very early spring when the weather starts to turn but before the leaves begin to bud. This will make 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 aside. Next, prune back any overlapping canes from the plant so they do not 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 rake up around the base of your Uwe Seeler roses and get rid of all the dead leaves and debris that may have collected from the previous season. Throw away all of this material in the trash along with your cuttings. Never let dead matter lay around your roses as it can quickly turn into a breeding ground for various pests and diseases. Finish up your pruning by giving your rose Uwe Seeler a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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