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‘The Fairy’ Polyantha rose

Rosa 'The Fairy'

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This well-loved rose blooms nonstop from June until frost, with double, rosette-shaped blossoms of light pink. It grows 2 to 3 feet high and wide.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsPolyanthas are celebrated for their profuse clusters of everblooming single or double small flowers. While the blossoms usually are not fragrant, they are produced in waves from late spring or early summer until fall. They are compact and disease-resistant, making them ideal for borders or hedges, and for growing en masse as a groundcover. 

CareGrow in fertile, moist, well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade  Provide good air circulation and remove fallen leaves to help prevent disease. In late winter or early spring, prune hard (back to 10 -18 inches) and reduce sideshoots to 2 or 3 buds. To renovate, prune one in three stems close to the base.

PropagationTake softwood cuttings when bloom initiates in spring to summer; take hardwood cuttings in fall.

ProblemsAphids, leafhoppers, spider mites, scale, caterpillars, sawfly larvae, cane borers, Japanese beetles, rose stem girders, rose midges, rose slugs, rose chafers, leaf-cutting bees, black spot, rust, powdery mildew, crown gall, canker, dieback, downy mildew, viruses.

  • Genus : Rosa
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Bloom Time : Fall, Late Spring, Summer
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Uses : Ground Covers
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Flower Color : Pink
  • Characteristics : Showy Fruit
  • Plant Type : Shrubs
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
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  1. guinessforbreakfast 07/29/2015

    The first year I put in seven of these roses they bloomed like crazy, but have not done much of anything since in the last 5 years. I've done fertilizing, watering, and pruning to no avail.

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