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'Bella Christina ™' rose Description
'Bella Christina ™' rose photo
Photo courtesy of Mander, George
Availability:
Commercially available
Synonyms:
HMF Ratings:
23 favorite votes.  
ARS:
Red blend Floribunda.
Registration name: Manbella
Exhibition name: Bella Christina ™
Origin:
Bred by George Mander (Canada, before 2006).
Introduced in Canada by Hortico Inc. in circa 2006 as 'Bella Christina'.
Class:
Floribunda.  
Bloom:
Red and white.  Dark red with cream reverse.  Mild fragrance.  25 to 35 petals.  Average diameter 4.5".  Medium to large, full (26-40 petals), cluster-flowered, exhibition, high-centered bloom form.  Prolific, continuous (perpetual) bloom throughout the season.  Medium buds.  
Habit:
Tall, bushy.  Large, glossy, dark green, leathery foliage.  3 to 5 leaflets.  
Height of 4' to 5' (120 to 150 cm).  Width of 2" to 3" (5 to 8 cm).
Growing:
USDA zone 5b and warmer.  Can be used for cut flower, exhibition, garden, hedge or landscape.  Very hardy.  very vigorous.  can be grown as a shrub.  heat tolerant.  prefers full sun.  requires full sun for best color.  Disease susceptibility: very disease resistant, blackspot resistant, very mildew resistant, very rust resistant.  Remove spent blooms to encourage re-bloom.  Spring Pruning: Remove old canes and dead or diseased wood and cut back canes that cross. In warmer climates, cut back the remaining canes by about one-third. In colder areas, you'll probably find you'll have to prune a little more than that.  Can be grown as a climber in mild climates.  Can be pruned to maintain a shorter habit.  Cut back one-half every other year.  Feed this rose well.  Needs little care; relatively disease-free and quite hardy.  Prune lightly until this rose gets established (about two years), then prune it back by about a third..  Remove spent blooms only.  
Breeder's notes:
UPDATE Dec. 17/06 !!
Registration approved 17/12/2006. New official codename (aka) is 'MANbella'.
'MAN SoP X SS' was my temporary code-name only. SoP X SS represents both parents !
Notes:
TM for 'Bella Christina'
Dec. 18/06, more notes to be added later.
 
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