Polyantha rose

Rosa 'The Fairy'

Photo/Illustration: 
Courtesy of White Flower Farm
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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 Birds,
Attracts Butterflies,
Showy Flowers,
Showy Fruit
Bloom Time
Fall,
Late Spring,
Summer
Flower Color
Pink Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Cut Flower,
Ground Covers,
Hedge,
Specimen Plant/Focal Point
Style
Cottage Garden,
Formal Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Shrubs

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