Dedicated to my sister who was looking for a unique new rose as a Father’s Day gift for her husband (who loves to grow roses). My sister is always an inspiration to me. In this case, she inspired me to share my rose research with you.
Are you looking for a unique flower with multiple colors; and do you love roses? The Joseph’s Coat (of many colors) Rose may be just what you are looking for. However, this beautiful plant is not your typical rose bush. It is a climber; and is best suited for fences, archways and arbors in *hardiness zones 6 through 10. This rose plant can be virtually pest and disease free, growing 5 to 10 feet -or more. It produces an amazing blend of brilliant-warm multi-colors of red, yellow, orange and pink double medium-large flowers all on a single bloom lasting from spring through summer -possibly until your first frost. NOTE that if you are not sure what *hardiness zone you are in, check out this interactive map: USDA Plant Hardiness Map.
With proper care, Joseph’s Coat Roses provide a lovely array of blooms each growing season. Here’s how to keep them coming back year after year.
- SUNLIGHT: Make sure the Joseph’s Coat Rose is in a location that provides full all-day sun, or at least six hours of sunlight daily, to ensure a healthy flowering climber.
- WATER: Water the Joseph’s Coat Rose throughout the growing season. Providing 1 or 2 inches of water, or enough so the soil remains moist to a 6-inch depth, can improve flowering. Feel the surrounding soil with your finger, and water when the top 3 inches of soil feels dry. Here is where the watering can comes in. Avoid overhead watering to prevent fungal disease. If water stands on top the soil or if the soil feels muddy, the rose may become a victim of root rot.
- MULCH: Lay a 3-inch layer of mulch around the plant to conserve moisture, being careful not to pile it up against the stem. This helps retain moisture and prevent weed growth. The soil must drain well but retain enough moisture that it doesn’t dry out completely.
- FERTILIZE: Feed the Joseph’s Coat Rose every two weeks, using a general-purpose fertilizer according to package directions. Stop feeding in late summer to direct nutrients toward roots and not new growth. When selecting your fertilizer, remember that too much nitrogen and not enough phosphorous in the fertilizer can cause healthy foliage growth but poor blooming. A high-phosphorous 9-18-9 formula, applied every three months from early spring through later summer, helps the Joseph’s coat roses bloom better.
- INSPECT: Inspect your Joseph’s Coat Roses periodically for pests and disease, because prompt attention to problems is an effective form of preventative care. For fungi, remove infected stems and leaves and then spray with a fungicide labeled for roses. You can introduce beneficial insects that deter insect pests or use a steady stream of water to wash damaging insects away.
- PRUNE: Prune this rose plant when it is two years and older and goes into dormancy in late winter. Do this before it begins setting flower buds but after cold weather has passed. Trim the side canes back to 2 to 3 inches long and cutting back any large canes that have outgrown the rose’s growing space. As a climbing rose, Joseph’s Coat Rose flowers best on horizontal branches, so prune the plant to only two or three upward canes and train the remaining lateral branches horizontally along a trellis. Cut diseased and damaged wood back to the nearest healthy point, making cuts within ¼ inch of an outward facing bud. Good air circulation helps prevent mildew, so keep your Joseph’s Coat rose pruned and trained upright against a trellis to help it stay healthy. Pruning in late winter, as described, promotes new growth in spring.
– Attach Joseph’s coat to a trellis, arbor, entry way or fence using plant ties.
– Clipping off old blooms during the growing season encourages new blooms.
– Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the fertilizer on top the soil, 6 inches out from the main trunk of the plant. Water after application so the fertilizer soaks into the soil.
– The Joseph’s Coat Rose does not require pruning until it is well established, which is generally two growing seasons.
– Protect your rose plant from fungi, mildews and rusts; as well as over 200 species of chewing or sucking insects with a safe DIY insecticide/fungicide. Mix 1 teaspoon of neem oil (a vegetable oil pressed from the fruits and seeds of the neem (Azadirachta indica) and 1.2 teaspoons of liquid dish soap in a quart of water, and spray infected foliage until it’s drenched to destroy more severe infections. You can also buy premixed Garden Safe Neem Oil Extract Concentrate online. Repeat applications at 10-day intervals may be necessary if the mildew persists.
– The Joseph’s Coat Rose plant may have sparse leaves and foliage near its base. This is natural for the Joseph’s coat. Plan ahead to camouflage the bottom of the plant by surrounding it with summer flowering annuals.
Things You Will Need
- Watering can
- Beneficial Insects
- Pruning shears
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SOURCES: My sources are listed below.
SF Gate, Home Guides: How to Care for Your Joseph’s Coat Climbing Rose
SF Gate, Home Guides: Why Are My Joseph’s Coat Roses Not Blooming?