Rose 'Elegant Lady'
Very popular rose with classic beauty and radiance exuded by sublime ivory petals overlaid with a clear pink blush. elegantly shaped buds open into graceful flowers of impeccable form, generously perfumed with sweet fragrance. The tall plant produces a lavish display of velvety petaled blossoms all summer long.
Height / Habit:5 1/2'
Bloom Size:4 1/2" - 5"
Comments:Pink and cream with a pointed ovoid, semi-glossy dark green
There are three basic ingredients that roses need: water, food and good soil. And pay attention to your roses -- you'll soon recognize when they are in need of something, and experience will help you figure out what that "something" is. Don't worry, this isn't rocket science -- it's fun!
Sun - Roses need full sun. Anything less than six hours of sun and you will sacrifice some blooms. No rose will be happy and or manage to bloom in full shade.
Soil - Good drainage is very important. A loose, well-drained soil is best but roses will grow in a variety of soils. Have a soil test done. Roses prefer a pH of 6.3-6.8. In fall, clean up all leaves and debris from around the plant since dead foliage can harbor pests and fungal spores that induce disease. For winter protection, it is advisable to build a mound of mulch or soil around the graft. Remove the winter mulch in spring.
Water - Roses, love water! Hybrid Teas and Floribundas need at least 2 inches of water per week; shrub roses less. One inch per week equals about one gallon. Don't let the ground dry out, as this will stress the plant. Leaves and flowers start drooping and you'll probably notice some changes in leaf color. If it doesn't rain, or rain enough, be sure to give your roses a weekly drink of water. However, make sure that they aren't "standing" in water or their roots will rot. Moist, well-drained soil is ideal. Consistent moisture is also very important. Allowing the soil to dry out too much between waterings can adversely affect your plants growth and blossom production.
Food - For a rose plant to achieve its full blooming potential, it needs adequate amounts of basic nutrients. The basic ingredients in well-balanced fertilizers are nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium (NPK). These are listed as numbers on fertilizers labels: 5-5-5. NPK are the building blocks of life for plants. Nitrogen promotes new, green growth; phosphorous helps with root growth, photosynthesis and flower production; and potassium helps to strengthen canes, improve vigor and increase winter hardiness. We recommend using slow-release organic fertilizers to prevent "burning" your roses. Many water-soluble, nonorganic fertilizers with high nutrient content (such as, 20-20-20) can be too much for your roses and cause the leaf tips to "burn" and turn brown, or cause the leaves to fall off completely. Try a basic granular, organic or natural-based fertilizer like 'Rose Tone'. This fertilizer provides the basic NPK and micronutrient building blocks for plant growth and bloom. Bone Meal or rock phosphate helps to promote blooms. Fish/Kelp liquid fertilizer provides a nitrogen source and kelp adds necessary trace minerals. Try organic compost that feeds the soil by adding organic matter and basic nutrients and will improve the soil and soil life. Nutrients in healthy, living soil are more easily absorbed by plant roots. Stop feeding roses in mid-August in order for them
to slow their growth before frost.
Pruning - Pruning rose bushes is intimidating to many gardeners but actually very good for the plants. It takes time and practice but it is very hard to kill a rose because of bad pruning. Although the 'experts' often disagree about how and when to prune roses, they agree that most mistakes will grow out very quickly and it is better to prune than not to prune. We prune roses to encourage new growth and blooming, remove dead wood, improve air circulation and shape the plant. Most rose pruning is done in the spring, with the blooming of the forsythia as a signal to get moving. If you don't have forsythia, watch for when the leaf buds begin to swell on your rose plants, meaning the bumps on the canes get larger and reddish in color. Hybrid tea roses are the most particular about pruning. If you don't know what type of rose you have, watch the plant for a season. If it blooms on the new growth it sends out that growing season, prune while dormant or just about to break dormancy, as stated above. If it blooms early, on last year's canes, don't prune until after flowering. You will need use clean, sharp tools. Make cuts at a clean cut at a 45-degree angle, about 1/4 inch above a bud that is facing toward the outside of the plant. Prune away all weak, broken, dead or diseased wood. Remove sucker growth below the graft.
Pests & Disease - Aphids and spider mites are pests that are especially a problem in hot, dry weather. Keeping plants well-watered helps prevent infestations. Adjusting the hose nozzle to a fine spray and washing aphids and spider mites off plants will often take care of the problem without chemicals. Also, there are cane borers and leaf-cutting bees but their damage is mainly cosmetic. There are two fungal diseases that are a common problem: Black Spot and Powdery Mildew. You can help prevent black spot by not getting the foliage wet when watering and watering only in the morning so the foliage has a chance to dry out during the day. Some cultivars are more resistant than others. For prevention or cure of black spot or powdery mildew, we advise a regular routine of spraying with fungicide every week or 10 days.