Fair Bianca roses were first bred in 1982 in the United Kingdom by David Austin. David is one of the world’s premier rose hybridizers with over 40 years worth of experience. You will find his many creations in most of the major countries worldwide. The parentage of this rose is not known but this is a classic white shrub rose that is great in just about any garden and it will have a very strong fragrance for you to enjoy.
The rose Fair Bianca will produce blooms that are about 3 inches or so in diameter and they will be very full with upwards of 60 or so petals each. The plant itself will grow to a height of around 5 feet tall at full maturity with a width of about a foot narrower than its height. This rose will make a great addition to just about any garden you could think to grow it in and it even will do very well in a container on your porch or patio. No matter where you choose to grow the rose Fair Bianca, you will not be disappointed.
Growing the rose Fair Bianca is not terribly difficult and if you have any past experience growing or caring for roses, then you should not find this one to be all that difficult. The most important decision that you will make in the life of your roses is where in the garden you choose to grow them. Roses require a lot of sun light if you want them to perform well and this one is no exception. Try to select a location that gets no less than 6 to 8 hours each day of direct sun light and you should be fine.
You also will need to grow your Fair Bianca roses in soil that drains well. This might sound like a no-brainer to some of you, but you would be amazed at how often I see this important aspect overlooked by newer growers. This is also rather easy to accomplish with little work. Most garden centers will carry a wide range of soil mixes and some will be designed specifically for growing roses. Choose the one that best suits your application and use that. Your rose Fair Bianca will thank you for it!
Getting your rose Fair Bianca into the ground is not hard and most growers can get the job done very well with just a few basic hand tools. How you go about planting varies a little bit on how you purchased your roses. If you bought one locally, then chances are they already had it planted for you in a container. These are the easiest roses to plant. Dig your hole at least twice the diameter of the container it came in, and equally as deep. This will make sure you keep the bud union at its original depth while giving you plenty of room around the roots for your soil mix.
If you bought your Fair Bianca roses online, then they may have shipped them to you as bareroot plants, which is very common. You should first soak the roots of these overnight in a bucket of room temperature water prior to planting day. Then dig your hole as wide as the longest roots on the plant and deep enough to allow you to place the plant on top of a mound of soil while keeping the bud union no more than an inch below the surface of the soil.
Once you have your rose Fair Bianca set in place on top of 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 you can go ahead and finish filling the hole the rest of the way. Give the soil one last heavy watering and top off any final settling that may occur. Do not tamp down the soil.
Taking care of the rose Fair Bianca is fairly straight forward and once again, any past experience you may have growing roses will sure come in handy here as well. You will need to make sure that you are providing your roses with ample water and nutrients, while being careful not to overdo it. For most climates this usually amounts to about one deep watering per week. If you live in a hot or dry climate then you may need to check on your roses every 4 to 5 days.
You also should consider giving your Fair Bianca roses a dose of a granular all-purpose fertilizer in the early spring when the leaves begin to open up. This will help get your roses off to a fast start. Like most of David Austin’s creations, this one is also a repeat bloomer and will benefit nicely from a few additional feedings over the course of the growing season. I usually give my roses their second feeding right after they have finished their first big bloom, then a third feeding sometime around the middle of the summer to encourage late season blooms. Your rose Fair Bianca will do well on this schedule also.
You should prune the rose Fair Bianca in the late winter or early spring, when the weather begins to warm but before the leaves have started to open. This makes pruning so much easier on you and the plant. Start by removing all the dead and discolored wood from the plant and set your cuttings aside. Next, prune back any overlapping lateral canes from the plant so they do not compete for sun light once the leaves have fully opened. Lastly, give the remaining canes a cut back by about one-third of their current height to promote new growth.
This is also the best time to clean up around the base of your Fair Bianca roses and get rid of any debris that often collects there over the winter. Throw all of this material away in the trash along with your cuttings. Never let dead matter lay around your roses as it can quickly turn into a breeding ground for pests and diseases. Finish up your pruning by giving your rose Fair Bianca a fresh layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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