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'Bella Christina ™' rose Description
'Bella Christina ™' rose photo
Photo courtesy of Mander, George
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HMF Ratings:
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Average rating: EXCELLENT.  
Red blend Floribunda.
Registration name: Manbella
Exhibition name: Bella Christina ™
Bred by George Mander (Canada, before 2006).
Introduced in Canada by Hortico Inc. in circa 2006 as '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: 4' to 5' (120 to 150cm).  Width: 2" to 3" (5 to 8cm).
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 !
Patent status unknown (to HelpMeFind).
TM for 'Bella Christina'
Dec. 18/06, more notes to be added later.
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