Description of the rose “Acapella”
The rose was bred in the Tantau Nursery in 1994, and presented as a new variety of re-blooming rose.
A dense, upright shrub with numerous thorns, can reach a height of 1–1.2 m. In a hot climate, it grows up to 2 m. On straight powerful stems, one large flower up to 14 cm in diameter is formed. Numerous pink-red terry buds appear from June to September. Thanks to its long stems, this variety is ideal for cutting when creating bouquets (the length of the peduncles can reach more than 1 m). The foliage is dark green, leathery and slightly shiny.
These roses are cold tolerant, allowing them to be grown even in areas where winter temperatures are significantly cold. They are more wary of the intense summer heat, which often causes a short period of vegetative dormancy devoid of flowering.
Acapella rose care
Roses of this variety are hardy and easy to care for, and do not need major intervention to develop strong and lush.
Note! The variety has good resistance to diseases, as well as to low winter temperatures. It tolerates heat and scorching sun well.
The rose adapts to both very low temperatures and extreme heat due to its ability to slow down vegetative activity, minimizing energy expenditure. Roses can change leaf color depending on the type of nutrients they lack.
For the best flowering, remember that roses need a lot of light: a sunny or semi-shady location (at least 4-6 hours of direct sunlight per day).
Particularly shady conditions cause rare flowering.
Soil selection for growing healthy and strong plants
Roses “Acapella” love soft soil with a little acidity, rich in organic matter. It must be well drained to prevent stagnant water. Lack of nutrients causes deterioration of the plant, manifesting itself in poor flowering and yellowing of the leaves.
A well balanced all-purpose soil mixed with some manure and good garden soil is used. It is recommended to plant new seedlings in places where no other roses have grown before.
Newly planted plants need to be constantly watered. In the hottest months of the year, they should be watered in time with plenty of water, always after the topsoil has dried. Suspension of watering in July and August can lead to a period of vegetative dormancy, without flowering.
Additional Information! Signs that indicate a lack of water: wilted leaves, rapid discoloration of flowers or dropping buds.
At the end of winter, slow-release fertilizers are applied to provide the roses with the necessary nutrition for the next period. With a lack of nitrogen, yellowing of the leaves in the basal areas is more pronounced. Vegetation is stunted, with poor flowering and faded flowers.
In June, you can apply fertilizer based on organic fertilizers or a slow chemical fertilizer for flowering plants. In autumn, well-ripened organic fertilizers are scattered around the plants.
Varieties of modern Acapella roses are cultivated by grafting onto botanical species. Reproduction with the preservation of characteristics is necessary to carry out cuttings at the end of summer.
Roses need to be pruned periodically so that they grow luxuriantly and promote abundant flowering. At the end of winter, before spring renewal, dry or weak branches are removed, especially inside the plant. Always cut off faded flowers before the next fully developed leaf. This promotes the formation of new flower buds.
Diseases and pests
One of the most common problems for roses is the spread of fungal diseases. They are more commonly referred to as “molds”, which usually cover the affected plant. They prefer humid or rainy climates, and are more susceptible to deficient roses.
If not fought in time, they can destroy the flowers and the entire plant in a short time. It is necessary to check the roses periodically in order to be able to intervene in time in the presence of parasites or diseases of the plant.
Branches affected by powdery mildew must be cut off, otherwise the disease can spread further. The rose is then treated with anti-mold products to prevent new infections.
In case of soot infestation, remove all diseased leaves (black spots) and treat roses with suitable fungicides. – Roses should never be planted where they have already grown. If there is no other place to plant, you should change the soil abundantly.
Parasites affecting roses
Roses are easily attacked by various types of insects, especially the flower, because it is more delicate, sweet and juicy.
- The most formidable category of insects, such as aphids, prevent the development of flowers and the growth of new leaves. They cover all the young parts of the plant and lead to rapid wilting by sucking out the juice.
- Green or yellow caterpillars eat leaves, flowers and buds.
- Mealybugs suck sap, as do aphids.
- Tiny spiders cause leaves to turn yellow, which then dry out completely.
Rose “Acapella” is considered a strong and hardy variety. It can recover on its own in the event of a fungal infection.