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'Elina ®' rose Description
'Elina ®' rose photo
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Light yellow Hybrid Tea.
Registration name: DICjana
Exhibition name: Elina ®
Bred by Patrick Dickson (1926-2012) (United Kingdom, before 1981). Bred by Colin Dickson (1956-....) (United Kingdom, before 1981).
Introduced in United Kingdom by Dickson Nurseries Ltd. / Dickson Roses in 1985 as 'Elina'.
Hybrid Tea.  
Light yellow.  Mild fragrance.  35 petals.  Average diameter 6".  Large, double (17-25 petals) bloom form.  Blooms in flushes throughout the season.  

Height: 42" to 4' (105 to 120cm).  Width: 30" to 31" (75 to 80cm).
USDA zone 7b and warmer.  Disease susceptibility: very disease resistant, susceptible to Mildew.  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) .  Can be grown in the ground or in a container (container requires winter protection).  
New Zealand - Patent No: 476  on  18 Jul 1989
NZ Patent is granted for 23 years and will expire in July 2012
Different opinions on Breeder
Elina is reportedly healthy and disease-resistant. Sometimes mildew can develop later in the season in areas where this can happen.

Sherry Schaefer writes: I grow 'Elina' and while it produces gorgeous flowers that
always elicit "oohs" and "ahhhs" from my friends, I may replace it in the coming years because it doesn't produce that many flowers, despite the long-blooming season in the San Francisco Bay Area (April into December). It seems to use more water than my other roses. On days
above 85 degrees the tops of the canes wilt and the flowers wilt or burn. My biggest insect problem is thrips and they just love this rose. 'Elina' is definitely in the thrips' Hall of Fame. I spray for thrips every other week and I haven't managed to get a blossom free of
thrip damage yet, although I'm getting close to my goal. I wish this rose was easier to keep because I do love its large and beautiful flowers, but with 70 roses on my Wish List, 'Elina' just may be pruned with a shovel, as Ray Reddell likes to say, to make way for something hardier that blooms in greater profusion.

Breeder John Sheldon provided the following information about this rose: Some roses fade in the sun, some roses darken in the sun, some roses actually change color in the sun. Roses such as 'Elina','Double Delight', 'Headliner', 'Color Magic' and 'Paradise' all show these traits. In my breeding program, I have worked on making them more dramatic and bringing in new genes. And... it was an area of hybridizing that others were ignoring. At on point these traits were seen as faults. 'Double Delight' was almost discarded because it was thought to be just another WHITE rose. Only later were it's phototropic characteristics seen when it turned red in the sun.

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