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Red 'Love' Rose Bushes for Sale Online
Red roses are the classic, iconic symbol of love, and white roses symbolize purity and peace. The deep jewel tone ruby red makes up most of the large reflexed blooms, but they also feature a silvery white reverse.
Any good love is supported by peace - this is a beautiful message you can plant in your garden at home and reflect on every day. William A. Warriner originally developed the Love Rose Bush, and it won the prestigious All-American Rose Selection award in 1980. It blooms from late spring until late fall, perfect as a focal point or for a flowering hedge.
|Mature Height:||3 to 4 feet|
|Mature width:||4 to 5 feet|
|Classification:||Deciduous flowering shrub|
|Foliage:||Dark green, thorned stems|
|Flower Color:||Ruby Red with silvery white reverse|
|Rose Bloom:||Large, 4 inches across, high center, reflexed blooms, red with white reverses, 25 - 35 petals, pointed buds|
|Pruning Season:||Late fall for winterization, deadheading all season to encourage reblooming|
|Soil Condition:||Fertile, evenly moist, well draining|
|Uses:||Beds, borders, flowering hedges, containers, mass planting, foundation planting, focal point, specimen, cut flowers, pollinator gardens, cottage gardens|
How to Care for Love Rose Bush
Be sure to read our planting instructions to ensure a healthy and happy plant for years to come!
How do I plant a Love Rose?
When your rose arrives, take it out of its box, water it and set it aside in a shaded outdoor area to acclimate for a day, since plants are not always a fan of the shipping journey. Then, when first planting your Love Grandiflora Rose Bush, dig a hole that is 2 to 3 times as wide and the same depth as the container your rose arrives in. Amend the soil at the bottom of the hole with a starting fertilizer and with organic matter in order to add nutrients and adjust the quality of the soil to your liking. Adding compost, vermiculite or topsoil will help increase the nutrients available to the young root system. Adding peat moss, fir bark, or other organic matter will help increase drainage so that the roots never sit in water for too long. We recommend a 50/50 mix between your native soil and these amendments. Then, when you are ready to plant your rose, ideally the day it arrives or the next day, position your rose in the hole and backfill around the roots with the same 50/50 soil mixture. Do not plant your rose bush too deep - you should still be able to just see the soil it arrived in at the top of the hole, level with the ground once everything has been patted down evenly. Cover the area with 3 inches of organic mulch, while taking care to leave space around the trunk. Water deeply once you are finished, so the new rose has everything it needs to settle into its new home.
What is the best way to water my grandiflora roses?
Rosa grandiflora, like many roses, love living in the right amount of water. Watering your roses with a certain technique can help in a multitude of ways, from preventing disease to encouraging deep and healthy root systems. First, make sure your soil has adequate drainage under your garden, so that your roses never sit in water for too long and risk root rot. Then, test the soil to see if it is time to water. If you press your finger into the soil over the roots and it is completely dry up to your largest knuckle, then your rose is ready for a drink. If the soil is still moist that close to the surface, it is better to wait a day. Then, set up a hose at ground level and soak the soil thoroughly. It is best to water roses early in the morning, and it is even better to water them underneath their foliage. Wet leaves that don't dry off quickly are more susceptible to disease. A good rule of thumb for a deep watering is the 5 second rule: for each gallon size that your rose arrived in, water its roots for 5 seconds. If your rose arrived in a 5 gallon pot, you'll want to soak the area for 25 seconds. If you have 5 roses next to each other and they all arrived in 3 gallon pots, then soak the area for a minute and a half or so, moving the hose down to the next rose each 15 seconds. The frequency at which you water should be determined by your local weather and soil drainage, which is why it is best to test the soil to see how quickly it dries - on average this is about once a week. In very hot summer weather under a full sun, spraying the leaves with a good steady spray of water can help knock off any pests sitting on leaves, but this is not the best way to water on a regular basis. We recommend investing in a water gator bag or other slow drip tool, as this can help make the chore of watering much easier.
What kind of fertilizer is best for my Love Grandiflora Rose?
We always recommend that gardeners utilize organic fertilizer products that are made with high quality ingredients. For roses especially, there are some fertilizers that would be too harsh on the root system, or add salt and mineral build up to the soil in the area. This is why we recommend products such as Espoma Rose-tone, Espoma Flower-tone or Espoma Bio-tone Starter Plus. These products are easy to use, as you simply mix the slow release granules in the soil around the drip line of your shrub, under the mulch if possible. Then, your normal watering routine will carry with it the fertilizer components, creating a natural and effortless fertilizing routine. It is best to fertilize your grandiflora roses first in early spring, just before growth has begun. Then, follow up again every 4 to 6 weeks between Mother's Day and Memorial Day. This is especially good for reblooming grandiflora roses such as the Love Rose. Stop fertilizing in the late summer or early fall, before last blooms have stopped, since it is soon time for your roses to begin entering dormancy and fertilizer will interrupt that process.
How do I prune Love Grandiflora Rose Bushes?
Pruning is an essential part of the art of growing lush rose bushes. You can help guide how your rose focuses its energy by careful pruning, depending on the season. Pruning a branch can either encourage your roses to focus on growing their roots, on creating more branches and thereby a fuller shrub, or on creating more buds, encouraging reblooming throughout the season. Make sure that you have a set of pruning shears that are well sharpened, and large enough to create a clean cut on any sized branch, even the larger diameters closer to the base. The biggest prune should happen in fall, after the last blooms have finished and a few weeks before the first frost. Prune your rose shrubs all the way down, until the branches are 18 to 24 inches up from the ground. Pruning as a part of winterization helps your rose bush focus on its roots season while preparing for dormancy, and it allows time for the cuts to seal before the first frosts. Then, after the winter, prune again in the very early summer. This is a chance to remove any dead branches, and a 'soft prune' of a few inches can encourage more branches to grow. Lastly, throughout the blooming season, deadheading your shrubs can help create space and energy for new buds. Simply cut a rose bloom off as far down as the next red bump on the branch - that red bump indicates a potential new branch or bud. Since Love roses make for wonderful cut roses, feel free to cut a few roses just as they are blooming (again, down to just above the next signs of a branch), so that you can enjoy your Love Grandiflora Roses both inside and outside of your home.