Polyantha rose Rosa 'The Fairy' http://www.whiteflowerfarm.comPhoto/Illustration: Courtesy of White Flower Farm 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Polyantha rose (Rosa 'The Fairy') ROE-sah Genus: Rosa 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 Characteristics: Polyanthas 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. Care: Grow 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. Propagation: Take softwood cuttings when bloom initiates in spring to summer; take hardwood cuttings in fall. Problems: Aphids, 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. Overview Height 1 ft. to 3 ft. Spread 1 ft. to 3 ft. Growth Habit Clumps Growth Pace Moderate Grower Light Full Sun to Part Shade Moisture Medium Moisture Maintenance Moderate Characteristics Attracts Song Birds, Attracts Butterflies, Showy Flowers, Showy Fruit Bloom Time Fall, Late Spring, Summer Flower Color Pink Uses Beds and Borders, Cut Flower, Ground Covers, Hedge, Specimen Plant/Focal Point Style Cottage Garden, Formal Garden Seasonal Interest Spring Interest Type Shrubs Related Plants to Rosa 'The Fairy' 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Polyantha rose Rosa ‘China Doll’ 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Floribunda rose Rosa 'Betty Prior' 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Hybrid tea rose Rosa 'Secret' 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 English shrub rose Rosa 'Gertrude Jekyll' View the discussion thread.