Climbing roses - the best decoration of the garden. They bloom throughout the summer season and delight with their chic appearance. Among this variety of plants, the climbing rose "Polka" should be highlighted. It is very popular in Russia, in most cases it is used as a decor for balconies and landscaping arches. In addition, curly roses go well with other floral arrangements.
Polka is a rose variety of French selection. He was bred in the early 90's in the Meilland nursery. At the same time, "Polka" was represented in the United States. This plant is distinguished by the lush shape of flowers, which has very beautiful delicate shades.
"Polka" is a dense bush, whips of which can reach a length of three meters. Large, fragrant double flowers (their diameter is from 10 to 12 cm) look simply luxurious. I especially want to talk about the shades of Polka roses. The color palette ranges from pale apricot to deep pink. It all depends on the lighting. The young bud most often has an orange color, while the Polka brightens as it blooms. Under sunlight, the flowers “fade” and acquire a creamy tint.
The amazing aroma that Polka rosebuds exude is especially felt in the evening. Therefore, this plant is so fond of placing in tubs on the verandas and balconies.
The advantages of "Polka" include several points.
- Flowering roses are quite long. Thus, beautiful lush flowers that replace each other decorate the bush all summer (from June to September).
- The variety is resistant to low temperatures.
- The leaves of Polka roses are large and shiny, have a rich green color.
- It is worth noting the rapid growth of the bush. In some cases, flowers form inflorescences of 2-4 pieces, but more often single flowers grow.
- The variety is extremely resistant to fungi and a sharp change in weather. This information is important for the cultivation of "Polka" in the Central and Western regions of the Russian Federation, which differ in choppy summers with frequent rainfall.
The disadvantages of the Polka rose include its “fragility”. Drops of rain and a gusty wind can damage the bush and spoil its aesthetic appeal. Also, "Polka" quickly fades in hot weather. In some cases, the flowering of "Polka" is absent due to depleted soil. This variety should not be planted in clay or sandy soil. In addition, the climbing rose does not take root in lowlands, since a large amount of moisture accumulates in them.
How to plant and care?
When embarking on the process of landing the Polka, it is important to choose the right place. Plains are suitable for a climbing rose (the variety can grow both in a sunny place and in a shady zone). However, remember that only in the sun "Polka" will bloom rapidly. Ideally for Polka roses, loamy soil is suitable (it passes moisture well). Another type of soil can be “improved” using special fertilizers, special flour or humus. At the bottom of the dug hole for planting "Polka" you should pour manure.
The root of the rose "Polka" is immersed to a depth of about 12 cm (it should let out new roots). This depth will not allow the rose to freeze. When planting a bush, do not forget to carefully water it (1-2 buckets of water). The soil around the plant is carefully leveled with a shovel. No roots should remain on the surface. Expanded clay drainage can be expanded clay. Elements of broken clay pots are also suitable. Climbing rose implies the presence of additional support (vertical or horizontal). It can be built from old trunks, snags. You can also use a grill made of wood or metal.
If the support for climbing roses is placed in a horizontal position, then luxurious flowers will decorate its entire surface. It will be amazingly beautiful.
If the bush is planted in fertile land in the right place, care for it will be minimal. The process involves the following steps:
- regular watering;
- thorough weeding;
- competent soil feeding;
- disease prevention and pest protection;
- seasonal shelter.
Separately, it is worth noting that Polka needs pruning, which will help give the plant a magnificent shape and improve the flowering process. Thanks to proper care, the bush will always be covered with roses. Trimming work is usually carried out in spring and autumn. Until the moment when the buds begin to blossom, “dead” shoots are cut from the bush. The rest is cut to the outer kidney.
Special attention is paid to watering the Polka rose bush. With the advent of spring, each bush is watered with water (from 10 to 30 liters). The volume depends on the age of the plants. The main thing is to thoroughly moisturize the entire root system. Water infrequently, but plentifully.
Do not rely on spring precipitation. They are usually of a short-term nature. The soil is moistened only halfway, while the depth of irrigation of the rose should be at least 20 cm. When watering, do not use ice water, otherwise the plant may die. Usually, Polka bushes are irrigated once a week in spring. In hot and dry summers, of course, this is done more often. Final watering is carried out in early October. Thirty liters of water are enough for young bushes, fifty for old ones.
Young bushes do not require top dressing for a long time (2-3 years from the moment of planting). Older plants need regular fertilizer. Perfect products that contain peat and nitrogen. Pay attention to the following recommendations:
- during the growing season, it is necessary to carry out up to 5 dressings;
- the summer period involves two to three soil fertilizers;
- The final stage of feeding occurs in October.
It is necessary to prepare the Polka rose for winter on a clear day. The scourges are removed from the support, the dead branches are cut off. The soil is covered with dry leaves or spruce branches. The lashes are tightly tied with a rope and fixed at the base of the earth with arches. Shelter "Polka" is advised at a temperature of no higher than +5 degrees. Earlier shelter threatens with a “greenhouse effect” that adversely affects the plant. From above the bush is covered with a special box or other device. Then the protection is fixed by oppression.
And butterfly wings ...
Beautiful climbing chameleon roses are playfully called the “Polka Butterfly”. This variety has an amazing combination of midtones. The color of this variety of roses is surprisingly changing: one color smoothly "flows" into another. “Polka Butterflies” are characterized by large buds that are cup-shaped (up to 11 cm). The bush is in most cases decorated with inflorescences. Single flowers are rare. "Polka Butterfly" has an average sensitivity to adverse weather conditions and is re-flowering. This view is ideal for vertical decor of the garden. He is able to turn the most unpretentious landscape into a work of art.
Summing up, it can be noted that the climbing roses "Polka" have many advantages. This variety does not require special care, is resistant to many diseases, and the appearance of flowers is striking in its splendor. From the Polka bushes it turns out to create a surprisingly beautiful green hedge that gives the garden a spectacular and colorful look.
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