Rosa 'Chicago Peace'

Rosa 'Chicago Peace'

Description: A strong growing Hybrid Tea rose with large rich pink and peach flowers throughout summer. Though similar in habit to the old fashioned and much loved HT rose 'Peace', the flowers of Chicago Peace are are much brighter, deeper and richer in colour. The large individual flowers are bi colour peach yellow with burnt orange and strawberry red overlay as opposed to pink and yellow.  Flowers are slightly scented and growth is strong and reasonably healthy.

Uses: Good for formal planting in rose beds or as specimens in mixed borders.

Climate/Position: Sunny open position prefered.

Height/Spread: 1.2 metres x 1 metre.

Soil Requirements: Though roses will tolerate most soil types, for best results roses prefer deep, rich, free draining soils with plenty of organic matter.

Avoid planting in sites that have previously been used for growing roses. Add organic matter before planting and mulch regularly for best results.

Pruning: Pruning roses is best undertaken at the end of February. On all plants remove any dead and diseased stems, as well as very weak and thin stems, and then the oldest stems to encourage rejuvenation. Aim to develop an open vase shaped bush for better air movement to reduce risk of pests and disease. Cut down the height by between one third and two thirds.

Within the flowering season, dead heading blooms after colour throughout the season will improve the overall look and flowering capacity of the plant.

Special Requirements: Feeding roses in spring and applying annual mulch will enhance performance, encourage healthy growth and lead to improved flowering.

Additional Interest: Trade name 'Johnago' A Hybrid tea rose first discovered in Chicago as a sport (a single shoot with variation from the rest of the bush) on a Peace rosebush.