Floribunda roseTraditional Landscape, New York
Rosa 'Marmalade Skies'
Photo by Michelle Longo
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Marmalade Skies roseRosebushes do best in fertile soil. Without it, the blooms will be small and few. Thankfully, creating fertile soil for roses is easy, and this will result in more roses with larger blooms. In addition, many of the amendments will help keep the soil pH at or near neutral, which is also best for roses.When to Fertilize Roses and Add Soil AmendmentsIt’s helpful to note that fertilizer is considered a soil amendment. The first application of granular fertilizer generally is done in early spring and may be repeated in midsummer (early fall in USDA zones 9 to 11; find your zone).
5. Help roses get ready for fall. If you live in a cold-winter region (Zone 7 on the USDA plant hardiness map and below), stop deadheading roses eight weeks before the date of the first frost to help slow their growth in preparation for winter. Those in warmer regions (Zone 8 and above) can give roses a little TLC after the heat of summer by lightly pruning and applying rose fertilizer.Your Complete Guide to Fall Rose Care
All roses go through a dormant season in winter, when growth stops and they go through a period of rest. In cold-winter regions, USDA Zone 7 and below (find your zone), the preparation for winter begins early in the fall, while in warmer zones you can use fall to prepare roses for their next bloom cycle.
5. 'Marmalade Skies'. This lovely pink to tropical-red bloomer is a floribunda rose with flowers that develop in clusters at the ends of the stems, making them ideal for cutting and displaying. It's a continuous bloomer with a sweet, fruity fragrance, and it stays low and compact, growing to 3 feet tall. Throw out the sprays after planting 'Marmalade Skies' — you won't need them. Grow it in zones 5 to 9.