Julia Child Roses: Care & Growing Guide

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    How to Grow Julia Child Roses

    The Julia Child rose is known for its lush flowers and licorice scent. It is a smaller variety of roses and is generally grown in containers. Its two-inch double flowers are pale yellow in color and filled with a plethora of petals.

    The Julia Child rose is a floribunda variety, which means that it produces abundant flowers in small clusters. The leathery dark green foliage creates a beautiful contrast to the yellow roses.

    Developed in the United States in 2004 and introduced to the market by Weeks Roses, this plant's common name comes from celebrity chef Julia Child, who personally chose this rose to be named after her. These attractive flowers attract bees, butterflies, and birds and make excellent cut flowers.

    Botanical NameRosa ‘Julia Child’
    Common NameJulia Child roses
    Plant TypePerennial
    Mature Size2-3 ft. tall, 2-3 ft. wide
    Sun ExposureFull, partial
    Soil TypeLoamy, sandy, clay, moist but well-drained
    Soil pHAcidic
    Bloom TimeSpring, Summer, Fall
    Flower ColorYellow
    Hardiness Zones6-9, USA
    Native AreaNorth America

    Julia Child Rose Care

    This variety of roses is the perfect choice for gardeners who want a luxurious rose in their garden without having to constantly care for it. Julia Child Rose is low maintenance and disease resistant. Its compact size allows you to plant this rose almost anywhere, from planters to containers.

    Well-drained soil is key, as the Julia Child rose likes to drink very much, but does not like soggy soil. Placing these roses in an area with good air circulation will help keep them healthy and free from moisture-related diseases. This variety is not usually infested with pests.


    Julia Child rose really enjoys the sun and enjoys getting 6 to 8 hours of sun exposure every day. The morning sun is best as it allows the plant to dry out earlier in the day and helps avoid damp conditions favored by fungi or disease.


    Well-drained soil is the key to rose health. Julia Child likes moist soil, but never soggy. It prefers a slightly acidic soil pH and can tolerate a wide range of soil types, including sandy, clayey, and clayey conditions.


    Lots of water will keep these roses healthy and blooming. When watering, water thoroughly and thoroughly, but make sure the soil drains well so the roses don't get stuck in the water. Water again when the soil begins to dry out.

    You can only water once a week, but it will depend on your location and weather conditions.

    When watering Julia Child Roses, it is best to water liberally in the morning to allow the soil to drain off before dark. Dirt soaked overnight can increase the likelihood of fungal problems or disease.

    Temperature and humidity

    Julia Child roses are heat and cold-tolerant and can hibernate in freezing temperatures. They prefer moderate humidity as high humidity can cause fungal or disease problems.


    As these roses continually bloom, providing additional nutrients with a well-balanced fertilizer will help ensure healthy, abundant blooms. Start in early spring when the leaves begin to appear. Refeed in early summer to promote flower health.

    Depending on your location and the length of the growing season, you may want to re-fertilize in mid-summer. Stop fertilizing in late summer to allow younger growth to harden before winter.

    Are Julia Child Roses Toxic?

    Julia Child Rose is not toxic to humans and animals. However, ingesting large amounts can cause stomach or gastrointestinal pain. Rose thorns can also damage a pet's mouth or paws, so keep pets out of the rose garden!

    Pruning Julia Child Roses

    Heavy pruning of floribunda roses is best done in early spring before the leaves appear. Trim dead or damaged branches. Since this type of rose produces abundant growth, feel free to remove any branches that appear weak.

    Shape your rose bush by pruning the overlapping branches. This will eliminate any competition for sunlight as the leaves grow.

    After shaping the rose, trim about a third of the remaining branches to encourage healthy new growth. You can prune the shrub during the growing season to keep its shape.

    Propagating Julia Child Roses

    The Julia Child rose is proprietary, which means that the propagation and reproduction of more of this proprietary plant is actually a form of theft and is considered illegal. If you want to add more of these beautiful bloomers to your garden, return to the nursery or garden center where you purchased them.

    Potting and Repotting Julia Child Roses

    Due to their compact size, Julia Child roses make wonderful potted plants. Be sure to choose a container with many drainage holes, as these plants are sensitive to excessive moisture. Potted roses will need watering more often than garden roses, which makes proper drainage very important.

    When the soil begins to dry out, water well until the entire root is soaked, then allow excess water to drain from the pot.

    Julia Child roses look good in large pots and have ample room for roots to grow. If the rose is larger than the vase, gently release the rose from the vase and move it to a larger vase. Splice the soil with compost or fertilizer before filling it. Early spring is the best time to repot roses.

    Overwintering Julia Child Roses

    Apply a thick layer of mulch around the base of this plant to protect it from the cold. Remove this layer in early spring, making sure to clean up any remaining dead plants. Throw this away to eliminate any pests that have over-wintered.

    To overwinter container-grown roses, take them to an unheated garage or shed, or mulch them and wrap the pot in burlap.

    Enjoy This Video Tutorial About Rosa Julia Child

    Source: Darren Harwood

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