Bred by Tom Carruth, USA, 2001 this extraordinary rose should never be planted at the back of the rose garden because you will be drawn to the most unusual array of colours every time you visit with it … early in the season, the buds can be quite orange on the outer petals however, the surprise is when the bud opens, the petals are distinctly brown and then as they age, they turn are dusky, muddy mauve .. so very pretty at all stages and when the bush is in full bloom, the colour range is amazing!
Hot Cocoa is outstandingly disease resistant with glossy, glossy foliage which adds to its eclectic beauty. The bush habit is rather upright and I would be sure that if pushed against a wall and wasn’t pruned, this bush would create quite a spectacular pillar/climbing rose.
There’s no great perfume but Hot Cocoa is a highly recommended rose to plant for its unusual range of colours.
- Stunning range of colours from orange/mauve/purple
- Extremely healthy glossy foliage
- Rather upright growth which could create a pillar
- Highly recommended rose
The generally sunny, dry and hot conditions of the Australian garden are particularly well suited to planting roses and roses flourish in our gardens when you take measures to provide the following:
WATER – Roses are very deep rooted plants and require one good, deep soaking at least every 10 days in hot and dry conditions.
FEED – Because roses flower throughout all but the Winter season, they should be regularly fertilized with quality (preferably organic) fertilizer which contains a balance of major nutrients (NPK) and trace elements. The fertilizer should be applied at least once a month – small amount often – with fortnightly applications of liquid seaweed over the foliage.
PRUNE – During Winter, 70% of the rose plant should be pruned and all old wood removed back to the crown and the bush pruned to shape.
During the flowering seasons, 25% of all flowering stems should be cut back after flowering to encourage strong re-growth.
MULCH – Particular attention to application of lucerne or pea straw directly around the root-zone of each rose will enhance the overall health of the rose and then the whole bed should be mulched to 75mm with any other mulch medium available.