Zorina roses were first bred in 1963 in the United States by Eugene Boerner. Eugene was a renowned rose hybridizer before his passing in 1966 and he is widely regarded as a pioneer in introducing floribunda roses. This particular rose was created by crossing a seedling of the Pinocchio rose with another floribunda rose, Spartan. The result is a beautiful reddish orange rose that produces blooms that are about 3 inches or so in diameter.
The rose Zorina will have a great strong fragrance and the petals will consist of about 25 or so petals each. The plant itself will be very typical for a floribunda rose. It will grow anywhere from 3 to 4 feet tall at full maturity, with a width of about 3 feet or so across. This vigorous growing is exceptionally resistant to both blackspot and mildew, making it a favorite among newer growers, or those who prefer a more durable rose.
Growing the rose Zorina is not very difficult and if you have any past experience growing roses, then you should not find this variety to be all that challenging. The biggest choice you will need to make when growing 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 well so try and select a location that gets no less than 6 to 8 hours a day of full sun. If you can provide more than that is even better.
You also will want to grow your Zorina roses in soil that drains well. This is a common mistake among newer growers but it is also one that is very easy to fix. You will find that most garden centers carry a wide range of soil mixes and many of them are designed with roses in mind. For the most part all you would really need to do is choose the one that best fits your application and use that one. Your rose Zorina will thank you for it.
Getting your rose Zorina into the ground is not a hard task but how you go about planting does depend a little bit on how your originally purchased your roses. If you bought one from a local nursery then chances are it was already planted for you in a container and ready to bloom. 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 plenty of room around the roots for your soil mix while still keeping the bud union at its original depth.
If you bought your Zorina roses online, then they might have shipped them to you as a bareroot plant, which is not uncommon. These are not difficult to plant but you should first soak the roots in a bucket of lukewarm water overnight prior to planting day. Then 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 below the surface.
Once you have your rose Zorina 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. Give the loose soil one last heavy watering and be sure to top off any final settling that might occur. Do not tamp down the soil. This method should make sure that no air pockets have formed around the roots.
Taking care of the rose Zorina is pretty straight forward and once again, any prior experience you may have growing roses will certainly come in handy here as well. You will need to make sure that you are providing your roses with enough water and nutrients while taking care not to overdo it. For most climates this usually amounts to 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 just to be safe.
You also should consider giving your Zorina roses a dose of a granular all-purpose fertilizer in the early spring when the leaves begin to open. This will give your roses a quick start to the growing season. Like most Floribunda roses, this variety is also a repeat bloomer so it will benefit from a few additional feedings over the course of the growing season. I will usually give my roses their second feeding right after they have completed their first big bloom, and then the third feeding sometime around the middle of the summer to encourage late season blooms. Your rose Zorina should do very well on this schedule also.
You should prune the rose Zorina in the very early spring after the weather starts to warm but before the leaves have fully opened. This will make pruning so much easier. Start by removing all the dead and discolored canes from the plant and set your cuttings aside. Next, prune back any overlapping lateral canes so these do not compete with each other for sun light when 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 Zorina roses and get rid of all the dead leaves and debris that tend to collect there over the growing 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 many different pests and diseases. Finish up your pruning by giving your rose Zorina a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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