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The Carefree Wonder Rose is a Floribunda shrub rose, with cluster upon cluster of beautiful blooms which is unique to the Floribundas. It grows to about 3 or 4 feet with a spread of about 3 to 4 feet, giving it a characteristic neat rounded shape. Its flowers have about 25 petals, and each is a candy pink with the reverse side in white. It was introduced in France by Meilland (of 'Papa Meilland' fame) in the 1990s and in 1996 it was an AARS winner.
No wonder. With its long bloom period from spring into autumn, its high disease resistance to Black Spot, Powdery Mildew and Rust and its unique perfume, this rose really is carefree and a wonder. So easy to grow if you are just starting your first rose garden. Carefree Wonder roses look wonderful against a fence, as a hedge, or on their own as a specimen bush. I love these easy care rose types, but more especially I love the Floribundas. So many blooms. So this rose is definitely for me.
The Carefree Wonder Rose is just that. Carefree. But it helps to get it off to a good start. It needs 6 hours of sunlight every day, but it will also tolerate some shade. Its best for this rose - and most other roses - if it can have morning sun. They just love that. The soil should be not too acidic and it should be well dug over before it goes in.
Roses do not like being planted if other roses have been there before them. If this is the case, then get rid of at least 1/3 of the old soil and replace it with good soil or potting mix made especially for roses. Of course this is only a recommendation to get the best out of your roses - or should I say to give them the best life you can. Give it regular watering, but do find a spot with good drainage. This goes for most other roses, too.
You can see just how many blooms this beauty will have. That's the bonus of Floribundas. I love them.
It will thrive best if you give it slow release fertilizer which is balanced. Always check the tags for information about caring for your Carefree Wonder rose. Then check the directions on the packets. Slow release fertilizer is best, and I swear by Seasol for all plants. A good dose of minerals from the ocean does us all good. Feeding in spring, then summer and again in late summer/autumn will give your rose the best chance to flourish.
This rose comes from the gorgeous roses 'Eyepaint' and 'Rustica'.
Because there are just so many rose products on the shelves, I would only go with Organic. But that is up to your individual preference.
Roses should be fertilized in the spring, summer and autumn. And if you have a brand new rose, don't fertilize it for one month. Why? Firstly, it needs to become established in its new home, and secondly, you don't know if it was fertilized before you bought it. But always check the directions on the packet/bottle of fertilizer before using it. I think Seasol is the best organic fertilizer for all plants. It encourages root growth and stimulates the stems, leaves and most importantly, the blooms. Seasol is 100% organic. It contains King Island Bull Kelp and Knotted Kelp from Australia. It can be purchased at Woolworths.
Your Carefree Wonder Rose will need very little attention, but it will reward you beautifully if you don't just 'leave it alone'. Roses and other plants love to be cared for, fed and watered by us.
But this rose in particular does not ask for much compared to other types of roses. A hard prune in winter and then regular dead heading and a bit more after flowering, will ensure that all the growth goes into flower making rather than giving you longer stems and bigger leaves.
When pruning, always be very careful never to cut below the first and second leaf nodes, otherwise your stems may not grow back at all. I am always careful even when picking a rose or any other plant or flower, to always leave at least two, and preferably three leaf nodes for new growth. Never ever cut the stems right back to the trunk. On anything.
This is not the same as pruning. This only entails cutting off the dead blooms after flowering so that any new growth goes into flowers rather than stems and leaves. Always deadhead roses.
In the old days it was a bucketful every two weeks. The amount really hasn't changed, but nowadays we can be a bit more gentle. We can use a spray or soaker hose for about 1 to 2 hours every two weeks. Or you can choose to water your roses in with your regular garden watering every few days. The Carefree wonder rose really is very forgiving, so it is not going to die if you forget to prune, fertilize or water it occasionally.
But there are some things you should be prepared to do for any rose. Always try and water in the morning. This gives them time to dry out before the sun goes. Water which stays on the leaves may encourage mould and fungal conditions. Someone is always querying this: But what about when it rains?
Yes, they get wet when it rains, sure they do, however we can't stop that from happening and the water they get is soft and natural and free from chlorine and so many other 'things' which are in our tap water today and they love it! We hose as a replacement for when it doesn't rain, and because we can control the amount our roses get, we are the ones who should make sure that we use it in the best possible way ie. not too much.
You may have noticed that after a season of very heavy rain (too much), plants of all kinds are likely to develop mould and fungal infections more often, especially if the humidity is high. Humidity is simply water in the air which covers your plants as well as making you feel uncomfortable. (Very uncomfortable here in SE Queensland).