Pretty Lady Roses were first bred in 1997 in the United Kingdom by Len Scrivens. They were later introduced to market in the same country by Warner’s Roses. Len Scrivens is a well known rose breeder throughout Europe and in his home country. The rose Pretty Lady was created by crossing the elements of several different roses, including the Troika and Alpine Sunset roses, as well as the hybrid tea Freedom rose, and several unnamed seedlings.
The result of this crossing is a very pretty soft pink rose that has darker apricot colored undertones. The blooms on Pretty Lady roses will reach an average diameter of about 4 inches or so across and the blooms will be somewhat full, having around 20 to 25 petals each. Not only is the rose Pretty Lady enjoyable to look at, but the fragrance from this rose is a mild, sweet smelling scent that is sure to bring some life into your garden. This is an excellent choice if you want cut flowers, or as a border rose for a small sitting garden.
Growing the rose Pretty Lady is not a very big challenge and if you have grown any other types of roses successfully in the past, then you will not likely find this one difficult either. The biggest decision you will have to make in the life of your roses is where in the garden you choose to grow them. Roses in general require a lot of sun light if you want them to perform well and this variety is no exception. Try to select a location that gets at least 6 to 8 hours each day of direct sun light. More is even better!
You also will want to grow your Pretty Lady roses in soil that drains well. Roses that are grown in soil that stays perpetually wet tend to become very unhealthy and are prone to contracting various pests and diseases. There are a great many soil mixes available on the commercial market these days that make this a non-issue. If you are one who prefers mixing your own soil mix, try picking up a bag of a good brand of organic compost. Mix this into your garden soil at a ratio of one part compost for every 2 parts soil. You will find your rose Pretty Lady will get off to a very fast start to the growing season.
Getting your rose Pretty Lady into the ground is not a tough task but it does depend a little bit on how you purchased your rose. If you found one at a local nursery then chances are it was already established for you in a container. These are the easiest to get planted in your garden. You will want to dig your hole at least twice the diameter of the container and equally as deep. This will give you ample room around the roots for your soil mix while still keeping the bud union at the same depth it was originally planted.
If you bought your Pretty Lady roses online, then there is a good chance they were shipped to you as bareroot plants, which is not uncommon. Many growers find these intimidating but with a little planning you will find they are not that bad. You should first soak these overnight in a bucket of room temperature water prior to planting day. Then dig your hole as wide as the longest roots, and deep enough to allow you to set the plant on top of a mound of soil while keeping the bud union no more than an inch or two below the surface of the soil.
Once you have your rose Pretty Lady set in place atop the mound, spread the roots out in all directions and then back fill the hole about halfway to start, using your soil mix. Take the garden hose and water the loose soil heavily until it flows around the roots like mud, then go ahead and back fill the hole the rest of the way. This method should ensure that no air pockets have formed around the roots of the plant. If your region is unusually hot or dry, you may want to mound up some fresh mulch around the exposed canes of the plant, just until new growth starts to form. This will help prevent the plant from drying out.
Taking care of the rose Pretty Lady is rather straight forward and once again, any previous experience you may have growing roses will certainly come in handy here as well. You will need to make sure that you are providing your roses with ample water while taking care not to overdo it. For most climates this amounts to about one deep watering per week. If you live in a hot or dry region you should check your roses every 4 to 5 days just to be safe.
You also should consider giving your Pretty Lady roses a dose of a granular all-purpose fertilizer in the early spring when the leaves being to bloom. This will give your roses a fast jump on the season. Like most floribundas, this rose is also a repeat bloomer and will benefit nicely from a few additional feedings over the course of the growing season. I will usually give my roses a second feeding right after the first big bloom, and a third feeding sometime around the middle of the summer to encourage late season flushes. Your rose Pretty Lady will do nicely on this schedule as well.
You should prune your rose Pretty Lady in the very early spring when the weather breaks, but before the leaves start opening up. This makes is much easier to see what you are doing. Start by removing all the dead and discolored wood from the plant and set your cuttings aside. Next, prune back any overlapping canes as these will eventually compete for sun light once the leaves fully open. Lastly, give the remaining canes a cut back by about one third of their current height, to promote new growth.
This is also the time to clean up around the base of your Pretty Lady roses and get rid of all the old debris that may have collected there from the previous growing season. Throw away all of this material in the trash, along with your cuttings. Never let dead matter lay around your roses as it can easily turn into a breeding ground for pests and diseases. Finish up your pruning by giving your rose Pretty Lady a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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