Botanical Name


Plant Common Name

Bonita Renaissance ™ Hybrid Tea Rose, Hybrid Tea Rose

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General Description

One of the oldest cultivated ornamentals, Pink is a broad and complex genus with over 100 species and thousands of cultivated varieties. Roses are woody shrubs or rambling climbers that originate from Northwestern Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. They are either deciduous, evergreen or semi-evergreen, and all have stems lined with sharp woody thorns.

Roses have been grown for their beauty, food, perfume and medicine for nearly 5000 years. Early rose references and depictions go back to Ancient China, Mesopotamia, and Egypt. The Ancient Greeks and Romans venerated the rose and during the Crusades Europeans brought Eastern roses back to Europe. Rose cultivation hit a higher level of intensity in Victorian times and today scores of new, often patented, varieties are introduced each year.

Rose habit and size varies widely. They can be shrub forming, upright, climbing or scrambling and large or miniature. All have compound leaves that are most commonly glossy and dark to medium green, though some have burgundy and red hues or even fuzzy or waxy surface textures. Most lose their leaves each season, but some are evergreen.

By and large, roses prefer full partial sun, moderate temperatures and perfectly drained, slightly acid soil with average fertility good. They often grow best in places with mild dry climates, because such climates disfavor the fungal diseases that plague roses. For this reason, it is important to maintain good airflow within and between planted roses through good planting and pruning practices which will dissuade fungal attacks. Roses are rife with pest and disease problems. In fact, there are many common pests and diseases that can harm them. Fortunately, new cultivars are bred to be resistant disease. Hardiness is species dependent.

Roses are a must-particularly new disease resistant everblooming cultivars. Beyond landscape use, roses are used for perfume, medicine and food by cultures worldwide.

There are many groups of roses. Cultivated roses are characterized by numerous antique hybrids and modern hybrids.

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