'Bella Christina ™' rose Description
Photo courtesy of Mander, George
Red blend Floribunda.Registration name: ManbellaExhibition name:
Bella Christina ™
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.
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).
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.
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 !
TM for 'Bella Christina'
Dec. 18/06, more notes to be added later.