Table of contents:
- Decorative advantages of a fabulous universal
- What to look for when buying
- Conditions comfortable for "Fairy"
- Planting a rose
- Faery care
- Preparation for wintering
- Pests and diseases
- Best partners for Fairy
Video: Hardy Queen Of Ground Cover Roses "Fairy", Or "Fairy" (The Fairy)
The touching and quivering ground cover rose "Fairy", or "Fairy" (The Fairy) releases so many flowers that under them you can hardly see the greenery. This is the most abundant of all roses, which at any age is capable of forming an amazing number of flowers on one shoot.
Starting its parade late, only in the middle of summer, "Fairy" quickly turns into the most romantic accent in the design of any garden and until the end of autumn it justifies its fabulous name. But the number of flowers does not mean at all that this rose is also distinguished by increased demands: "Fairy" has earned the title of a royal variety largely due to its endurance.
Decorative advantages of a fabulous universal
Due to its ability to bloom tirelessly from the second month of summer to the arrival of cold weather in November, "Fairy" is considered one of the best flowering varieties of universal ground cover roses, which, if desired, can be grown as shrubs. It is unpretentious, resistant to diseases and pests, hardy, well adapted to harsh winters, a plant that blooms profusely even without the most careful care.
It is not by chance that The Fairy has earned the title of one of the easiest to grow lush or polyanthus roses. She is able to play different, sometimes dissimilar roles, looks great on a flower garden, and in a mixborder, and in splendid isolation.
Silhouette and foliage
This rose is characterized by rather bright, small, restrained glossy foliage, not as dense as other ground cover roses, but very elegant.
"Fairy" is a unique variety for ground cover roses. It is a bushy, widely spreading rose that can play the role of a ground cover and grows significantly in breadth with age, but it is still perceived as a compact, lush bush. One rose at maturity can cover an area of about a square meter of soil thanks to meter-long hanging shoots, powerful and quite strong. At the same time, practical straight shorter branches and longer lashes are developing on the "Fairy".
Due to its beautiful drooping shoots, "Fairy" is a favorite rose for breeding standard forms. In the high-barreled variation, the Fairy is surprisingly good. It looks like a cloud of pink cotton wool, captivating with an amazingly graceful silhouette and beauty.
This rose perfectly tolerates molding and can be given the appearance of a neat bush, restraining growth in width and spreading over the soil.
"Fairy" blooms later than most roses, only by the middle of summer, but it blooms tirelessly until frost.
The ground cover rose "The Fairy", which blooms many times, practically does not slow down the rate of flowering, is covered with a blanket of densely double inflorescences in the middle of summer. The "Fairy" flowers are rosette-shaped, seem airy and very thick. Reaching only 2.5 cm in diameter, they are surprisingly lush, collected in very dense clusters, more like bunches, which makes each individual flower seem larger. Up to 25 flowers can bloom on each shoot of this rose (and with good nutritional value of the soil and constant maintenance of its moisture, their number even exceeds four dozen). The number of flowers on the "Fairy" is so great that under them the attractiveness of the plant itself is practically invisible.
The scent of a rose is very delicate, practically not felt, only at a close distance its enchanting play is caught.
Despite their modest size, "Fairy" inflorescences always attract attention in floristry. These small, but densely double flowers stand for a very long time in the cut, which allows you to create bouquets from roses that do not lose their attractiveness for a much longer time.
The color of the flowers is pale pink, soft, romantic, it differs on almost every flower, all over the bush there are watercolor stains from more saturated pink to almost white, which only emphasizes the romantic status of "Fairy". This effect of color change and transitions is inherent in "Fairy" due to the fact that the bright pink flowers after blooming gradually fade to almost white color. If the weather is cold and cloudy, then the flowers can fully retain their fairly saturated color.
The disadvantages of this rose include the tendency of flowers to fade. In the bright sun, especially under the midday rays, the pink watercolors of beautiful flowers are quickly lost, and the color becomes unattractively faded. That is why it is so important to plant a rose in places where it will not be illuminated by the sun at noon.
What to look for when buying
When buying The Fairy seedlings, it is necessary to give preference to plants with an open root system. They should be characterized by a sufficiently large number of shoots developing from one powerful base. Do not buy a rose that "splits" already at the graft site, branches poorly at the top, develops one-sidedly. Please note that leaves should not be dissolved on the rose, and even more so, seedlings with yellowed leaves should not be bought. The rhizome should be branched, tuft-shaped, dense and very strong.
The seedlings should be bought directly after the digging: the longer the Fairy seedlings are stored without soil, the more their adaptability suffers and the worse the roses will take root in a new place. Please note that the roots of the plant must be fresh, in no case overdried, the whole plant must be healthy, without stains and damage.
Conditions comfortable for "Fairy"
Unlike most ground cover roses, "Fairy" is a light-loving, but not the most sun-loving rose. She prefers areas that are brightly lit for only half the day, where the plant will not suffer from midday rays or in the hottest part of the day it will be shaded from the sun by other plants. "Fairies" can be grown even in partial shade, but the number of flowers in less light will decrease accordingly. In partial shade, this variety stretches upward, almost does not grow in breadth. When choosing a location for "Fairy", you should categorically avoid all southern sides of buildings, rock gardens, the hottest places on the site.
The soil for this rose is easy to find. It should be loose, light in texture, and water permeable. High rates of fertility are only welcomed. It is believed that this rose is capable of blooming beautifully even on poor soils. But in the absence of access to more nutrients, the Fairy will release fewer flowers and suffer from diseases and pests.
When choosing a soil mixture for growing in containers of Faeries, select special substrates designed for growing flowering plants or special soil for roses.
Planting a rose
Remember to improve the soil before planting. Spread as much mature compost and complete mineral fertilizers as possible over the surface. Dig deep throughout the rose growing area and carefully select weed roots, large breasts and stones.
When planting The Fairy, keep a distance of about 50 cm to large plants, other roses and shrubs. Even in the middle lane, the Fairy rose can be planted both in spring and autumn.
Rose "Fairies are planted in individual planting holes, the size of which is selected according to the size of the rhizome, with an increase of 15 cm for drainage. It is best composed of gravel or crushed stone sprinkled with sand.
Before planting, the long roots on the seedlings must be shortened, and all the shoots on the rose must be cut to a level of 10-15 cm. The rose is installed on a small mound of earth so that the grafting point is 3-4 cm below the ground line. If you are growing a standard form, then before placing the rose in a container or planting hole, be sure to put a support in the middle to which you can tie the rose. After filling the substrate around the entire perimeter of the planting hole, a roller of earth is created, which will not allow water to flow during irrigation. This rose is best watered regularly enough for the next 2-3 weeks after planting to speed up adaptation.
Watering "Fairy" is needed only during drought, especially at the budding stage and at the beginning of flowering. At this time, the absence of precipitation can significantly affect the number of flowers produced, therefore it is better to carry out deep watering with a frequency of 5-7 days to saturate the soil with moisture.
The first feeding for "Fairies" is applied in early spring, immediately after the shelter is removed. For her, it is advisable to use special mixtures of mineral fertilizers for roses and organic fertilizers. The second should be carried out at the budding stage, using phosphorus-potassium fertilizers (superphosphate and potassium sulfate) or once again apply special fertilizers for roses.
The reputation of a somewhat sloppy rose in this variety is absolutely not justified. Even with minimal care, The Fairy retains its attractiveness and from year to year surprises with really relentless flowering. In order for the "Fairy" to always look neat and flawless, it is enough to shake off or cut off the faded flowers and sometimes adjust the bush at will, cutting off thickening or disobedient, too long branches. Sanitary pruning is mandatory at the Fairy in early spring. All damaged and dried shoots are removed on the bushes.
The rest of the care of "Fairy" is reduced to:
- regular loosening of the soil when a crust appears;
- timely weeding or replacing them with mulching, which will reduce the number of watering procedures and save yourself from the need to remove weeds.
Preparation for wintering
"Fairy" in the middle lane often freezes, but quickly recovers. Usually this rose hibernates well with a light hillock. Young roses are better protected more reliably:
- Tall erect shoots on the bushes are shortened by a third of the height in late autumn, all leaves are removed from the bushes.
- The base of the bush is covered with earth or compost.
- Shoots are covered with brushwood, spruce branches or wrapped in burlap.
Standard roses bred on the basis of "Fairy" need a very special approach to wintering. It is best to keep the high-barrel "Fairy" by storing it indoors for the winter. But if the rose does not grow in a tub, it must be dug on one side and bent to the ground, covering it with air-dry methods, hillocks and spruce branches, leaves and non-woven materials. There is another option - spud the base of the leg, carefully wrap the trunk with a non-woven material, and cover the crown with an air-dry method.
Pests and diseases
Powdery mildew is the most dangerous for this variety. It manifests itself in a whitish bloom, which primarily appears on the young parts of the plant. Sometimes downy mildew can also be observed on this rose, which affects only the undersides of the leaves. It is better to fight with both diseases with special drugs.
The most winning games in garden ensembles:
- in lush hedges;
- in the borders around the rose garden and flower beds, in the zoning of zones;
- as a separator plant or lawn decoration;
- on supporting walls, in rockeries and rock gardens, where the effect of a cascade of branches is perfectly revealed;
- in standard form: "Fairy" will decorate any potted garden, flower bed or garden bed, looks great in containers and
- pots as "guards";
- to create a surprisingly lush background on flower beds, under fences, walls of buildings;
- in landscape ensembles and lush flower beds in a romantic style;
- in continuous flowering mixborders.
Best partners for Fairy
Finding worthy companions for the "Fairy" is not at all difficult. This variety of ground cover roses is combined with all kinds of other roses, including miniature and climbing roses. But it is no worse combined with perennials. "Fairy" looks great in the company of horned violets, catnip, bells, lavender and other classic partners for roses. Fairy flowers look very good against the background of white lobularia. The foxglove, ornamental cereals, veronica, wormwood, purse and other plants with silvery leaves will also be excellent companions for this rose.
This variety of roses cannot be combined in compositions only with perennials and annuals with a yellow or orange color palette. In their company, the "Fairy" flowers seem dirty and even with the abundance of flowers the rose loses its attractiveness.