'Stainless Steel ™' rose Description
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Mauve or mauve blend Hybrid Tea.Registration name: WEKblusiExhibition name:
Stainless Steel ™
Mauve or purple blend. Rose fragrance. 25 to 30 petals. Large, full (26-40 petals) bloom form. Blooms in flushes throughout the season.
Height of 5' to 7' (150 to 215 cm).
USDA zone 7b and warmer. 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. Requires spring freeze protection (see glossary - Spring freeze protection) .
grows 'Stainless Steel' in her crowded Los Angeles area garden located about two miles from the Pacific Ocean and host to all sorts of rose nuisances -- powdery mildew, rust, black spot, aphids, thrips. The soil is sandy and lacking in nutrients and doesn't retain what nutrients are added, so she finds it's important to water and fertilize diligently. 'Stainless Steel' may get a little bit of mildew, etc., but overall Gwen says it's pretty hardy and a fantastic rose -- with the bonus of a strong rose scent.
Someone who grows this rose in Australia wrties: This rose is doing wonderfully well in Adelaide, Australia. We intend to exhibit it at the Spring Show.