Rose, Tree


QUICK REFERENCE PLANTING GUIDE

1. Light/Sun Exposure - Full to part sun.

2. USDA Hardiness Zones - Winter hardy in-ground in zones 7 to 10 only. Winter hardy when planted in a container and provided winter protection in zones 4 to 6.

3. Planting Distance - 4 to 5 feet apart in ground.

4. Mature Height/Spread - As indicated below.

  1. Patios (18 and 24 inch trees) - 2 to 3 feet tall with a similar spread.
  1. Standards (36 inch trees) - 3 to 4 feet tall with a similar spread.

 

5. Bloom Time - Early summer to frost.

6. Planting Instructions - See Below.

A. Dig a hole large enough to give the roots plenty of room with a few inches of space beyond the root tips and the sides of the hole. Build a mound of soil in the bottom of the hole and spread the roots in a natural position atop the mound.

B. Position the plant so that the previous soil line will be even with ground level. The stem/trunk will be darker in color below the original planting line and lighter in color above it.

C. Once the plant is positioned at the proper planting depth begin filling the hole with soil. Work the soil around the roots with your hands. When the hole is half filled tamp the soil to remove any air pockets.

D. Fill the planting hole with water and allow it soak in. Straighten the plant in the hole and finish filling with soil.

E. Form a "saucer" of soil around the edges of the planting hole and fill it with water.

F. Stake the tree to assist the roots in getting anchored. Staking will also maintain upper balance so that the trunk will continue to grow straight.

GET THE MOST ENJOYMENT

Unusual, rare, without peer, our spectacular Tree Roses reign supreme in the garden. Whether you purchased our Standard, or our Patio Tree roses they will now be the focal point of your garden, whether planted in-ground or in containers. The choices are many. One single tree rose strategically placed is that bold focal point to good garden design that blooms from early summer to frost. All tree roses are real "traffic stoppers" that everyone admires and wants to talk about. 

SOIL PREPARATION

Although these plants will perform well in average garden soils of all types, we recommend having your soil tested periodically by the local County Extension Office.  These tests can determine if the soil needs any amendments to enhance your plants' growth and performance.  See below for our recommended practice to improve your soil without any additional testing:

1. Spade or rototill the soil to a depth of 12-18".

2. It is always good to add organic matter to your soil. You can mix in a 2-4" layer of dehydrated manure, garden compost, shredded leaves and/or peat moss.

3. After active growth begins, periodically feed with Cottage Farms' water soluble Carefree Bud-N-Flower Booster for Roses.

CONTINUING CARE

Watering - Your plants require 1" of rainfall (or equivalent watering) each week when planted in the ground.  Do not allow plants in containers to dry out.  In a container that is exposed to full sun, water it well at least once every other day, and possibly every day, during periods of intense summer heat.  You may wish to temporarily move containerized plants to an area where they are shielded from the hot summer sun (i.e. in the shade of a tree, on a porch near an overhang). 

Mulching - Apply a 2-4" layer of shredded bark, compost or other organic mulch around your plants to promote moisture retention, maintain even soil temperatures, and to discourage weed growth.

Weeding - Keep the area around your plants free of weeds. Weeds compete with all plants for food, water and light. Walk around the garden periodically and pull weeds, including the roots, as soon as you see them. Mulch also assists in keeping weeds down.

Grooming - Pruning improves the size and quality of the tree and maintains a healthy, happy plant for many years.  Remove any branches that become overlapped, damaged, or unsightly by pruning just above an outside bud so new growth will grow outward.  Pruning will allow the branches to open up for more air circulation and sun exposure.  Remove (deadhead) faded blossoms to promote additional blooming by pinching or cutting blooms between the bottom blossom and the uppermost leaves.

Feeding - Discontinue feeding after September 1st so your plants can harden off for winter dormancy. Resume fertilizing when new growth appears in spring and feed once every 2 to 3 weeks.

Winterizing - When freezing weather threatens, or following several frosts, prepare your tree rose for winter by protecting the graft (the most vulnerable part of the plant).  The graft can be identified by locating the bulge at the top of the tree where the trunk ends and the branches begin.

In mild zones, you can leave the tree rose in the ground, wrap it in straw and cover it with burlap. Alternatively, form a cylinder of chicken wire around the tree and fill it with leaves.

In colder climates where temperatures may drop below 0° F (zones 4-6), tree roses should be grown in containers so that they can be moved into a protected, unheated area such as a garage or cellar. If moved to a protected area, be sure to check the soil moisture every 7-10 days and water as needed.

In spring, remove straw, burlap or soil from in-ground plantings and prune off any dead wood.  Also, bring containerized plants back out into the garden sunlight where they will immediately begin to repeat their yearly garden performance.

CAUTION: Not all plant material is edible. Though most plants are harmless, some contain toxic substances which can cause headaches, nausea, dizziness, or other discomforts. As a general rule, only known food products should be eaten. In case of ingestion, please contact your local poison control center at once and advise them of the plant ingested. Keep out of reach of children.