Rosa 'Super Excelsa'
Description: An improved form of the established Excelsa rose. A repeat flowering climber producing clusters of crimson semi-double flowers on cascading stems.
Uses: Suitable for use on walls, arches and pergolas for colour throughout summer.
Climate/Position: Sunny position but will tolerate some shade.
Height/Spread: 2.5 - 3 metres
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. Remove any dead and diseased stems, as well as very weak thin stems. The oldest stems to can be removed to encourage rejuvenation as long as a strong framework is maintained.
For climbers prune the previous year’s flowering shoots by cutting to 3 or 4 buds about 15cms. Tie in the strong, new stems to the frame used for training.
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 'Helexa' Hybridized by Hetzel and introduced in 1986