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Rosa 'The Painter'

Rosa 'The Painter'

Description: An unusual novelty rose with clusters of bi colour flowers from early summer onwards. The flowers are shades of lemons and orange with bold blotches and stripes of orange and creamy golden giving the overall look as though it has been hand painted.

Uses: Good as a container plant or in rose beds.

Climate/Position: Sunny position.

Height/Spread: 75cm x 75cm.

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. Try 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: Plant Breeders Rights apply.

Trade name 'Mactemaik' Bred by UK rose grower McGredy and introduced in 1995.