How to Care for a Wind Chime Plant

Overview

Wind Chimes is a cultivar of the hybrid musk rose species. It produces single layer pink flowers with white centers in a repeating bloom pattern throughout the growing season up until the first hard frost. It is winter hardy down to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Plant Hardiness Zone 2 when mulched heavily. Though Wind Chimes is in the musk rose family, is not known as a cultivar with a pronounced rose scent.

Step 1

Provide your Wind Chimes rose with a nutrient-rich soil amended or top-dressed each year with several pounds of compost and/or well-aged livestock manure.

Step 2

Water your rose shrub consistently to keep the soil evenly moist but not soaking wet. Never allow more than the top inch or two of soil to dry out between waterings. Irrigate at the soil level and not over the head of the plant as this can invite disease.

Step 3

Feed your Wind Chimes roses several times per year with a high quality organic fertilizer designed for roses such a rose tone or fish and kelp emulsion. Apply according to the label dosing and frequency directions and water in well.

Step 4

Harvest the flowers at their peak of bloom for use in cut flower arrangements throughout the growing season. Place cuts on the bias 1/4-inch above a leaf node or bud. Conduct annual pruning in the fall or early spring to remove dead, damaged or crossing canes and maintain an open shape to the rose plant.

Step 5

Mulch your Wind Chimes roses in the late fall just before or after the first hard frost occurs. Cover the crown of the plant with at least a 3-inch thick blanket of shredded bark, leaf mold or pine straw. In the colder climates of USDA Zone 5 and below mound mulch high around the lower canes in a volcano form to protect them from the cold and wind.

Things You'll Need

  • Compost
  • Well-aged manure
  • Water
  • Rose food
  • Organic mulch
  • Secateurs

References

  • University of Minnesota: Roses for the North
  • Backyard Gardener.com: Wind Chimes Rose

Who Can Help

  • Antique Rose Emporium: Wind Chimes
  • National Arboretum: USDA Hardiness Zone Map
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