Wild Blue Yonder Roses

History of Wild Blue Yonder Roses:

The rose Wild Blue Yonder was first bred in 2004 by Tom Carruth in the United States. Tom Carruth is known around the world as one of the leading hybridizers in the US and he began his career at Jackson & Perkins learning from Bill Warriner. He later went on to manage Weeks Roses rose breeding operations. Wild Blue Yonder has quite the parentage including the Sweet Chariot miniature rose, the Blueberry Hill rose, Stephens' Big Purple rose, and the International Herald Tribune rose; all of which had a part in the offspring that were eventually crossed to create this rose.

Wild Blue Yonder roses produce a deep purple or mauve bloom that has darker red edges and averages a little over 3 inches in diameter. The blooms are somewhat full with 25 to 30 petals each, and they give off a mixed fragrance of citrus and spice. The rose Wild Blue Yonder is a grandiflora and will grow to about 4 or 5 feet tall and remain bushy and upright in its growth.

Growing Wild Blue Yonder Roses:

The rose Wild Blue Yonder is a repeat bloomer and if you remove the spent blooms after each cycle you will be rewarded with additional flushes for much of the growing season. This trait of repeat blooming means that this particular variety requires a lot of sun light to give its best performance. You will want to provide it with at least 6 to 8 hours each day of direct sun light. It is preferable for most varieties of roses to try and get them the morning sun light as well, to help burn away the dew and keep the leaves dry for as much of the day as possible.

Wild Blue Yonder roses are tolerant of heat but they are not tolerant of soil conditions that stay damp for long periods of time. You will want to find a home for this rose that has well draining soil and good air circulation around your garden. No matter how good your garden soil is, it can always be better and in the next section we will explain one cheap and easy way to give your rose Wild Blue Yonder the proper start in almost any existing soil type.

Planting Wild Blue Yonder Roses:

Planting the rose Wild Blue Yonder is pretty easy and just about anyone can do it with a few basic hand tools. Before you start any digging however, I suggest that you take a trip to your local garden center and pick up a bag of organic compost. This stuff is usually inexpensive and it makes a great amendment to any garden soil. When you dig your hole, put the loose soil into a wheel barrow and mix it 2 to 1 with the organic compost. You will be amazed at how quickly your roses establish themselves in the first season.

If you bought your Wild Blue Yonder roses online, then they probably arrived as bareroot plants. These are not difficult to plant however you should soak them overnight in a bucket of lukewarm water. You will need to dig a hole that is as wide as the roots are long, and deep enough so that you can set your rose on top of a mound of soil in the center of the hole, and maintain a bud union depth of about an inch or two below the surface of the soil.

Once you have set your rose Wild Blue Yonder in the hole at the proper depth, spread the roots outward in all directions and then back fill the hole with your new soil mix about halfway to begin with. Then using your garden hose, water the loose soil heavily until it flows around the roots like mud. Then back fill the hole the rest of the way and water it heavily once more, what you are doing is making sure that the roots are completely covered and no air pockets have formed.

If you picked up your rose Wild Blue Yonder locally, then it almost certainly came in a medium sized container about ready to bloom, if not already. These are real easy to plant and only take a few minutes. Dig yourself a hole that is at least twice the diameter of the container the plant came in, and equally as deep. This will give your rose lots of room for the new soil mix while still maintaining the same bud union depth it had in the container.

Caring for Wild Blue Yonder Roses:

Taking care of the rose Wild Blue Yonder is real easy and you can follow pretty standard rose care with successful results. You should make sure that your rose gets plenty of water, but is not constantly sitting in damp soil. A good way to check the moisture level is to stick your finger into the soil near the base of the plant, if it comes out wet then you don’t need to water it yet. As a rule of thumb try to give it one deep watering each week.

You can also feed your Wild Blue Yonder roses with an all-purpose granular fertilizer in the spring time. If you are going to deadhead the spent blooms for re-blooming, you can also give it another feeding just as the first big bloom starts to form, and one more around mid summer to help promote more flushes. I've always had good results with 3 feedings per growing season, just make sure to allow at least 4 week in between each one.

Pruning Wild Blue Yonder Roses:

Pruning the rose Wild Blue Yonder should always be done in the early spring once the weather breaks but before the leaves start to open up. Begin by removing all the dead wood and any discolored canes that might be diseased or unhealthy. Next, prune back any overlapping canes to prevent them from competing for sun light down the road when the leaves open up. Lastly, cut back the remaining canes by about one-third of their original height. In colder climates you may have to cut them back halfway.

I always finish up by giving my roses a generous layer of fresh mulch. Always throw away your cuttings in the trash and use this time to rake up around the base of your rose Wild Blue Yonder to clean up any dead leaves and debris. Never let decaying matter lay around the base of your roses as they could lead to an infestation of pests and/or disease.

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