2-3 Litre Pot
- Position: Full sun, partial shade
- Soil: Moist, well drained
- Growth Rate: Fast
- Flowering Period: July-September
- Hardiness: H7
- Eventual Height: 1-1.5m
- Eventual Spread: 1-1.5m
Rosa Rugosa Alba, commonly known as ‘White Japanese Rose’ , is a bushy, vigorous shrub belonging to the Rosaceae family. This rose is a highly coveted ornamental plant that is loved for its robust nature, ease of care, and its ability to thrive in a wide range of climates.
It typically grows up to 1.5 metres in height and spread and is known for its large, single white flowers that bloom in mid-Summer to early Autumn. These flowers have a distinct fragrance that attracts pollinators like bees and butterflies. They are then followed by round, bright red hips that persist throughout the Winter and are a favourite food source for birds.
The leaves are deeply lobed and slightly glossy, with a dark green colour that turns to yellow in the Autumn. The stems are covered with small thorns, which makes this plant a popular choice for hedgerows and barrier plantings.
How to care for your Rosa Rugosa Alba
- Watering: Prefers well-draining soil that is kept evenly moist. Water deeply once a week during the growing season, and reduce watering in the Autumn to avoid water logging the roots during the Winter.
- Fertilisation: Apply a balanced fertiliser in the Spring and again in mid-Summer to encourage healthy growth and blooming. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for application rates.
- Pruning: Prune the plant in late Winter or early Spring to remove any damaged, diseased, or dead wood. Remove about a third of the oldest stems each year to keep the plant vigorous and prevent overcrowding.
- Winter protection: In colder regions, protect the plant from freezing temperatures by mounding soil or mulch around the base of the plant, or using other protective materials.
By following these simple care instructions, you can enjoy the beauty and fragrance of a healthy Rosa Rugosa Alba plant in your garden for years to come.