There are two wide range of Saintpaulia available, the Alabama Jumpers and the Yellowippers. The Alabama Jumpers have salmon-red flowers and the Yellowippers are a yellow rose. In addition to their ability to bloom, these plants are also excellent as cut flowers and in arrangements.
The Alabama Jumpers are an inexpensive grow which performs well in zones 6-9. It has a large bushy type of growth and needs regular watering and feeding.
The Yellowippers are a beautiful yellow rose variety which does well in zones 3-7. It has large flowers and thrives best in an open area where it is not shaded by trees or buildings. This rose has been given the Perennial of the Year Award by the Perennial Plant Association.
Both of these roses are easy to care for and disease resistant. In addition, they both bloom repeatedly throughout the season.
For best results, plant these roses in compost rich soil and mulch after the initial bloom. This will help to retain moisture, control weeds and keep the pesky aphids away. When the weather cools, after the initial hardiness period, it’s a good idea to put a layer of mulch over the structure to protect it from the cold.
One advantage of these roses is that the can be left in the ground throughout the winter months. The roots will eventually become dormant and the rose will return in the spring toossom. This can be a fun rose to grow especially with the varied rose flower colors that are available.
For best results, plant in early spring. During the first year keep cuttings and leave some buds. In subsequent years, your maintenance will be reduced. Remove faded flowers and dead leaves as soon as possible. Disease or insect problems usually aren’t a problem with this rose; you’ll be spending less time caring for it and more time enjoying the beautiful colors it has to offer.
Some of the other varieties include the Cornsweet Pink, which has pink flowers; the Light Pinkifting, warmer yellow; the Pinkoonish Pink, another warming color; the generously sized ‘Johnnyummy’ and the yearly All American Rose. These are all roses that will tolerate the full sun but do have preferences for shade.
Generally, these plants don’t need frequent transplanting. Once established they can tolerate a minimum of four hours of sunlight. Plants maintained at high temperatures become dormant and completely dormant in winter. In extreme heat they will briefly lift up and survive. To maintain these plants at a low temperature, they need to be capable of sustaining almost constant temperatures. Humidity is also important without these plants becoming saturated and rotting.
Once established as well, in most areas these roses will thrive and get numerous blooms. They will also be able to go for long periods without water. When caring for roses, understanding their needs will help to keep them healthy and low maintenance.
Another important point to remember is that these plants are beautiful and when well cared for they can be attractive for years to come. If you want to grow them as a garden addition and want the security of a rose that will be around for many years, then consider giving the Stem Lance Japanese Red Maple Rose the opportunity to serve as your rose of choice.