Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Rosa Adelaide Hoodless

Last year I added a significant amount of miniature roses to my backyard, along with three large rose bushes. Below are photos of one of the larger plants, the Rosa ‘Adelaide Hoodless’, which produces gorgeous flowers.


The hardiness zones for this lovely plant are 3 to 7, and it blooms throughout the summer and way into the fall. The habit is bushy, the foliage colour is medium green and the blooms are a bright red. My plant was fairly small when I brought it home, but it should eventually reach a spread and height of 3 feet.


There isn’t a lot of maintenance involved aside from removing dead, diseased, crossing and weak canes when leaf buds open in the spring, and deadheading to promote flowering. In addition, if you live in an area where frost occurs, deadheading and fertilization should be stopped in early fall to prepare for dormancy.


Choose a sunny spot with fertile, well-draining soil and give the roses an inch of water weekly during dry weather. Feed with a balanced fertilizer in early spring and again in early summer, and watch out for common pests such as spider mites, Japanese beetles and aphids, even though the plant tolerates the damage caused by these pesky critters very well.


The flowers are slightly fragrant, but nothing to write home about. I enjoy this rose bush for the blooms, not the scent. If it happens to also smell nice, hey, it’s an added bonus.


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