Voodoo Roses

History of Voodoo Roses:

The hybrid tea rose Voodoo was first bred in 1984 in the United States by Jack Christensen.  Jack Christensen is credited with over 80 different rose varieties and he is also the youngest person ever to have created an All-American Rose.  This hybrid tea rose was created by taking a seed plant created from the Camelot, First Prize, and Typhoo Tea roses, and crossing it with the hybrid tea Lolita rose.  The result is a rather uniquely colored blended orange rose that has an exceptional fragrance.

Voodoo roses will grow up to heights of about 5 feet tall and will have traits much like other hybrid teas.  The blooms are big and plentiful and this rose will not only look fantastic in your garden, but it also makes for wonderful cut flowers.  The rose Voodoo is also a repeat bloomer which means with proper care you can expect to have these amazing roses in a vase for much of the growing season.  This rose is not quite as hardy as some but it should do nicely in zones 7 and up.

Growing Voodoo Roses:

Growing the rose Voodoo in your garden is not terribly difficult provided you can give it the right growing conditions.  As we already said this rose is not overly fond of extreme cold so a location up against your homes foundation where the ground might stay a bit warmer wouldn’t hurt.  You should make sure that you provide it with ample sun light exposure also, preferably 6 to 8 hours or more each day of direct sun light.

You also will need to make sure that you are growing your Voodoo roses in soil that drains well.  If the soil does not drain adequately then you run the risk of having a very unhealthy plant and you will probably find that the rose underperforms.  If you are unsure about the quality of your garden soil, I always suggest growers take a trip to their local garden center and pick up a bag of a good quality organic compost.  Mix this in with your soil at a ratio of 1 part compost for every 2 parts soil.  This is a great overall mix and your rose Voodoo will especially love it!

Planting Voodoo Roses:

Getting your rose Voodoo into the ground is not all that difficult and just about anyone can get the job done with a little ambition and a few basic hand tools.  How you go about planting depends a little bit on how you purchased your rose.  If you bought your rose locally, then chances are it was already planted 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 gives you ample room around the roots for your soil mix while keeping the bud union at its current depth.

If you bought your Voodoo roses online, then they may have been shipped to you as bareroot plants.  These you should first soak in a bucket of lukewarm water overnight prior to planting day, to rehydrate the roots.  Then dig your hole as wide as the longest roots on the plant, and deep enough to allow you to set the plant atop a mound of soil and still keep the bud union no more than an inch or two below the surface of the soil.

Once you have your rose Voodoo set in place atop 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.  Go ahead and back fill the hole the rest of the way and give it one more heavy watering.  Be sure to top off any final settling that may have occurred.  

This method should ensure that no air pockets have formed around the roots.  You also may want to mound up some fresh mulch around the exposed canes until new growth has formed.  This will help prevent them drying out.

Caring for Voodoo Roses:

Taking care of the rose Voodoo is a rather simple endeavor and you can follow the same basic rose care guidelines that you use on your other hybrid tea roses.  First and foremost you need to make sure that you are providing your roses with ample water, without overwatering them.  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 couple of days.

You also should give your Voodoo roses a dose of an 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 a few additional feedings over the course of the growing season.  I will typically give my roses a second dose of fertilizer right after the first big bloom, and then a third dose sometime around the middle of summer to encourage additional late season blooms.  Your rose Voodoo will do well on this schedule also.

Pruning Voodoo Roses:

You should always prune your rose Voodoo in the early spring before the leaves have a chance to form.  This makes it much easier to see what you are doing.  Start by removing all the dead and discolored canes from the plant.  Next, prune back any lateral canes that overlap one another, as these will eventually compete for sun light when the leaves fully open.  Lastly, cut back the remaining canes about one third of their current height to promote new growth.

This is also the best time to rake up around the base of your Voodoo roses and clean up all the dead leaves and debris that may have collected there from the previous growing season.  Discard all of this material in the trash, along with your cuttings.  Never let decaying matter lay around your roses.  Finish up by giving your rose Voodoo a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.

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