Ingrid Bergman roses were first bred in 1984 in Denmark by L Pernille & Mogens Nyegaard Olesen. It was later introduced to market by Poulsen Roser. This dark red hybrid tea rose was produced by cross the rose Precious Platinum with the Else Poulsen rose. This rose will produce blooms that average just under 5 inches in diameter and they will have very little if any fragrance.
The rose Ingrid Bergman will grow to just over 3 feet high at full maturity with a spread out over 2 feet across. This rose is very tolerant to not only hot temperatures, but it is also far more forgiving of excessive rainfall than other varieties. This rose is also very resistant to many common rose diseases. The rose Ingrid Bergman will do very well in most gardens in zones 4 and warmer.
Growing the rose Ingrid Bergman is not all that difficult and if you happen to have any past experience growing roses, then you should not find this one to be all that difficult. The biggest decision you will make in the life of your roses is where in your garden you choose to grow them. Roses in general require a lot of light and this variety is no exception. Try to select a location that gets no less than 6 to 8 hours each day of direct sun light if you want them to perform at their best.
You also will need to grow your Ingrid Bergman roses in soil that drains well. This is extremely important to the life of your roses and yet I am surprised at how many growers overlook this aspect. Roses that are grown in poor soil will usually become very weak and spindly plants and they almost always tend to under perform. If you are unsure about the quality of your garden soil, the best thing you can do is take a trip to your local garden center and pick up a bag of a quality soil mix that is designed specifically for growing roses. Your rose Ingrid Bergman will thank you for it.
Getting your rose Ingrid Bergman into the ground is not very challenging and most growers can get the job done very well with just a few basic hand tools. How you go about planting your roses does depend a little bit on how you purchased them. If you picked one up at a local nursery, then chances are it was already planted for you in a container and ready to bloom. These are the easiest roses to plant. Dig yourself a hole that is at least twice the diameter of the container and equally as deep. This will give you plenty of room around the roots for your soil mix while keeping the bud union at its original depth.
If you bought your Ingrid Bergman roses online, then they may have sent them to you as bareroot plants, which is not all that uncommon. While these are not hard to plant, 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 set 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 Ingrid Bergman set in place on top of the mound, spread the roots out in all directions and then back fill the hole at least halfway with your soil mix. Take your garden hose and water the loose soil heavily until it flows all around the roots like mud, then you can go ahead and finish filling the hole the rest of the way. Give the soil one more heavy watering and be sure to top off any final settling that may occur, but do not tamp down the soil. This method should make sure that you don’t get any air pockets around the roots.
Taking care of the rose Ingrid Bergman is pretty simple 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 enough water and nutrients, while being careful not to overdo it. For most climates this usually amounts to about one deep watering per week but if you live in a hot or dry region, then you should check on your roses every 4 to 5 days.
You also should consider giving your Ingrid Bergman roses a dose of a granular all-purpose fertilizer in the early spring when the leaves start to open. Like many other roses, this variety is also a repeat bloomer so it will benefit nicely from a few additional feedings throughout the year. I will usually give my roses their second feeding immediately following the first big bloom, with a third feeding coming around midsummer to encourage late season flushes. Your rose Ingrid Bergman should do nicely on this schedule as well.
You should prune your rose Ingrid Bergman in the late winter or very early spring, whenever the weather in your region starts to warm, but before the leave begin to form. This will make the job of pruning so much easier on you and your roses. Start by removing all the dead and discolored canes from the plant and set your cuttings aside. Next, prune back any overlapping lateral 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 best time to clean up around the base of your Ingrid Bergman roses and get rid of all the dead leaves and debris that often collect there from the previous season. Throw away all of this material in the trash along with your cuttings. Never let dead matter lay around your roses or it could turn into a breeding ground for various pests and diseases. Finish up your pruning by giving your rose Ingrid Bergman a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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