Floribunda Roses

A Quick Lesson on Floribunda Roses

One of the most beautiful and symbolic flowers known is the rose, with Floribunda roses being a popular choice.  The rose comes in a wide variety of species, each with unique blooms.  There are blooms that grow in wonderful colors and color combinations, different sizes, cluster groups, and even fragrances.  Even rose plants vary, some being miniature, some standard, and some climbing, which can grow to 30 feet tall.

To understand Floribunda roses, we need to address the species it belongs to, known as the Hybrid Tea, or HT.  Known for producing large, double blooms, along with individual and small group blooms, this is a popular choice.  In addition, the blooming period is long so you could enjoy flowers more months out of the year.  This is also a small plant, making it perfect for people with limited yard space.

Now, looking at Floribunda roses, the flowers are very large and grow in thick clusters or trusses but the flowers on this HT species are not as distinguished as some of the other plants.  Even so, this is a gorgeous consideration. The one downside is that few sub-species of this rose produce fragrant blooms.  However, since the plant is hardy and tolerant, it is relatively easy to grow.

When it comes to growing Floribunda roses, the plant needs adequate sunlight and rich, organic soil.  When buying, you could save a little money and purchase a bare rooted plant, which is sold anytime from November to March or you could go with a container plant, which is a little more expensive.  Regardless, it is important that the plant be placed inside a bucket of tap water when you bring it home, allowing it to soak so the roots can absorb moisture.

Before the plant is set in the ground, the roots should be pruned back to a length of 8 to 10 inches, which promotes new and healthy growth.  Additionally, make sure there is between 18 to 24 inches between each of the plants, giving them plenty of room to grow to maturity.  The hole should be prepared before the plant is removed from the bucket and it needs to be wide and deep enough for the roots to spread out.  After Floribunda roses are in the ground, the hole would be filled soil and then pressed down firmly so the plant has stability.

Floribunda roses need to be pruned during the first spring after being planted, taking the buds down to about four, while working from the base.  To ensure the plant will grow strong and produce amazing blooms and healthy leaves, pruning is essential.  The plant will also need to be fertilized starting in early spring and then monthly until mid summer.  For this, an organic product is the best choice.

As with other rose species, Floribunda roses can be affected by a variety of pests and diseases.  To keep problems to a minimum, you want to destroy all of the pruned branches and any leaves that have fallen on the ground, helping prevent black spot, which can cause serious damage and even death to the plant.  Just as with fertilizer, we recommend organic pesticide or fungicide, which would kill bad insects but leave beneficial insects and microorganisms alone.

As a part of Floribunda roses are sub-species, each offering something a little different.  As an example, the Rob Roy is a great choice, producing blooms of deep red and incredible fragrance.  The Glendiffich is another possibility, known for the gold and amber blooms, which are large and fragrant.  Finally, the Ballindalloch Castle offers rich salmon-colored blooms, and being compact, this plant is more versatile for growing locations.