FABRIC POLYANT ROSES – WITHOUT A SPIKE!
How good Rose’s flowers are, you just admire, but the spikes in them have always scared me – they scratch painfully and stick to my clothes. That’s why I decided for myself that if I ever decided to grow these delightful flowers in my garden, I would only plant polyanthus – their shoots are devoid of threatening thorns.
When I was slowly choosing varieties, looking for a place for them, my goddaughter overtook me. Having learned that she had already powerfully admired the dense scarlet inflorescences of polyanthus, which had successfully transformed from a modest seedling into a luxurious shrub, I hastened to visit.
In the garden of my goddaughter, the root of the compact polyanthu rose bush took root without any problems and did not require complex care. That is why she purchased a few more varieties of roses from this group. I was struck by the amazing variety of colors, with scarlet, pink and white flowers blooming on one twig at once, or peach, yellow and cream. There are so many buds in one inflorescence that it seems to be tight, and in total, more than 200 flowers can bloom on the bush at once, even the leaves are not visible!
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Polyanthus roses were bred in France at the end of the 19th century. during the crossing of Chinese tea and Japanese dwarf roses. They took bright flowers from Chinese roses and numerous inflorescences from Japanese roses (the word “polyanthus” is of Greek origin and translates as “multiflorous”). In addition to long lush flowering, plants have extremely valuable qualities: frost resistance, the ability to grow both on soils with excessive moisture and on dry, sandy soils, they are resistant to fungal diseases. And the most important thing (for me at least) is that there are no thorns.
Sometimes they are confused with floribunda and miniature roses, but polyanthus is distinguished by a compact bush (height 40-60 cm), a large number of branches with dense glossy green leaves, small buds (3-6 cm in diameter), collected in large inflorescences, continuous flowering from the second half of June to the end of autumn.
See also: Winter purchase of rose seedlings and their storage before planting
As my goddaughter told me, polyanthus roses can be grown from seeds and cuttings. The seeds are soaked in wet gauze for two weeks before planting, placing them in a flat transparent container with a lid.
Then, in mid-December, the swollen and sometimes hatched seeds are sown in a ready-made substrate for seedlings (the roses sprout just in time in the spring). Strongly hardened cuttings are planted in open ground at the turn of April and May, when the threat of frost has passed.
The landing site should be clear (green lawns, ridges near buildings, areas along garden paths), but sheltered from the wind. To create a flowering border, the distance between planted shoots should be at least 30-50 cm so that when growing, the bushes close in one chain and do not obscure each other.
A good layer of coarse sand is poured into a shallow planting hole, as well as wood ash and compost. The bush goes into the ground by 5-10 cm, the seedlings are watered once a week.
To stimulate flowering, polyanthus roses can be fed with complex mineral fertilizer from spring. Additionally, it is recommended in spring to shorten strong shoots by a third and remove weak and dead ones so that more new branches can grow. In summer, do not forget to remove faded inflorescences to form new buds.
For the winter, gardeners throw the basic part of the roses with earth, peat, sawdust, but it is important not to overdo it, as it all depends on the climate. If it rains in winter, then snow, then “porridge”, pink shoots can rot.
The high frost resistance of polyanthus roses allows them to be planted in the Urals and even Siberia regions, therefore, in Central Russia and the Black Earth Central Region, bushes cannot be covered for the winter, it is enough to mulch the soil around the trunks.
Of all the varieties, I want to highlight the Fairy. Double flowers from light pink to almost white, 40-50 pieces in airy brushes look amazing! For the flowering and development of these roses, shoots only 10 cm long are enough.
Perhaps it is worth planting such a shrub in your garden, it is thornless, it is easy to work with it, in any weather the plant retains its decorative effect well and will delight with lush flowering for a long time.
Reference by topic: Variety names, description and photo of border roses
POLYANT ROSES – LANDING ON VIDEO
© Author: M. Izotova Belgorod Region
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