S & J Nursery’s
‘Belindas Dream Rose’
for Northeast Florida Gardens
Belindas Dream Rose Origins:
Every year I fall in love with my Belindas Dream roses all over again. Each year in early spring I trim them back only to be blown away in just a few weeks with beautiful green foliage and loads of absolutely huge fragrant blooms. I am not what you would call a Rosarian, I like roses that can take some abuse and keep on looking like I know what I’m doing, and Belinda’s Dream performs like a champ year after year!
I normally steer very clear of those pretty hybrid tea roses at the big box stores each spring, knowing that it’s only a matter of time before I will have to rip them out and replace them with something else. ( Usually just after the second year in the landscape) And although Belindas dream is a cross between Tiffany and Jersey Beauty, this new rose is as tough as any heirloom shrub rose I have growing in my garden. It is a floribunda rose that is so tough, it is used as an own root rose here in Northeast Florida and grown right on its own roots rather than having to be grafted onto
another more disease resistant rootstock.
‘Belindas Dream’ is both disease and root knot nematode resistant! I don’t know how they did it, but this rose keeps alive the hope that there may be more great roses like ‘Belindas Dream’ coming in the future for us Floridian gardeners! And thank you Belinda, this rose is everything I could have dreamed for too.
Belindas Dream Rose Preferred Exposure:
– Full sun, roses will need 6-8 hours of direct sunlight to bloom and perform best in the North Florida/ Jacksonville / St. Augustine area.
Belindas Dream Rose Soil Preference / Salt tolerance:
– Plant Belindas Dream Rose roses in North Florida in just about any well draining soil. Add a healthy shovel full of compost or cow manure to the planting hole when you dig and you’ll love the extra help it gives you as you establish the rose in your gardens landscape.
Belindas Dream Rose Size Variance:
– These pretty, and disease resistant plants can reach heights of 3-6 ft and
get around 3-4 ft wide. I manage to keep mine in the 3-4 ft range with a simple annual pruning in spring, or if I don’t get around to it early enough, in the summer!
Belindas Dream Rose Growth Habit:
– Upright form lends itself well to hedge rows or for use as a centerpiece in the garden along a walkway or tucked away into the flower border.
Belindas Dream Rose Growth Rate:
– Fairly fast growing rose, expect it to be double the size it was when you planted it by the same time the following year when planted into a Jacksonville | St. Augustine or other areas of Northeast Florida landscape.
Belindas Dream Rose Bloom:
– Oh, you just have to see them to believe them, they are huge, they fill up my whole hand and then some, fragrant and the prettiest shade of pink.
Belindas Dream Rose Water Requirements:
– Water daily to establish into the landscape and use supplemental irrigation twice a week after that for best results in the landscape when not receiving regular rainfall.
Best Uses For Belindas Dream Rose :
– Excellent when planted as a single specimen in a perennial border for a cottage garden appearance or when planted in masses for a non stop blooming hedge.
Care of Belindas Dream Rose :
– Belindas Dream can certainly be treated like a fussy hybrid tea rose, but why bother? This hardy shrub rose will thrive with little maintenance on your part. A once or twice a year pruning will keep it in bounds and full of foliage. Belindas Dream Rose puts on a big display and will need a good dose of general purpose fertilizer in spring summer and fall to help them keep on putting out those gorgeous blossoms.
– Amend the planting hole well with compost or composted cow manure when installing roses into the landscape.
– Water every day during the establishment period. See watering your newly planted items for more information.
– They will need good water during the establishment period and bi-weekly
supplemental irrigation particularly in periods of low rainfall.
– Add compost or cow manure yearly as a surface treatment pulling back the mulch and spreading it around under the foliage of the plant on top of the existing soil. don’t forget to re-mulch around the plants to help them stay cool and help them to retain moisture in our hot sunny North Florida
– Plants respond well to a mixture of rose food and Milorganite each spring and again in mid summer, sprinkling the fertilizer around the mulch circle underneath the foliage of the plant.