2-3 Litre pot
- Position: Full sun, partial shade
- Soil: Moist, well drained
- Growth Rate: Fast
- Flowering Period: July – September
- Hardiness: H7
- Eventual Height: 2 – 3m
- Eventual Spread: 2 – 3m
Rosa Rugosa, commonly known as the ‘Red Japanese Rose’, is a beautiful and rugged shrub rose that is native to eastern Asia. It is a hardy and adaptable plant that is prized for its striking appearance, sweet fragrance, and ability to tolerate a wide range of growing conditions.
This rose has dark green, leathery leaves that are deeply veined and toothed. Its flowers are large, pink and have a unique wrinkled appearance that is reminiscent of crepe paper. The flowers bloom in Summer and are followed by large, bright red hips that persist well into the Winter.
One of the most notable characteristics of Rosa rugosa is its rugged and hardy nature. It is tolerant of salt, drought, and poor soil, making it an ideal choice for coastal gardens and other challenging growing conditions. It is also resistant to common rose diseases such as black spot and powdery mildew.
This rose can grow up to 3 metres tall and wide, making it a great choice for hedges or as a specimen plant. It can be pruned in the late Winter or early Spring to maintain its shape and encourage healthy growth. Overall, this is a beautiful and resilient plant that is sure to add colour and fragrance to any garden.
How to care for your Rosa Rugosa
- Planting: Choose a sunny or partially shaded spot in your garden with well-drained soil. The ideal time to plant is in the Spring or Autumn when the weather is mild. Dig a hole that is twice as wide and deep as the root ball, and add organic matter to the soil to promote healthy growth.
- Watering: Water deeply once a week, or more frequently during periods of hot, dry weather. Avoid getting water on the leaves or flowers, as this can encourage fungal diseases.
- Fertilising: Apply a balanced fertiliser in the Spring and again in the Summer to promote healthy growth and blooming.
- Pruning: Prune in the late Winter or early Spring to remove dead or damaged wood, and to shape the plant. Cut back about one-third of the plant’s overall size to encourage healthy growth and blooming.
- Harvesting: Harvest the hips in the late Autumn or early Winter, when they are fully ripe and plump. The hips can be used to make teas, jams, or other culinary treats.
By following these care instructions, your Rosa Rugosa should thrive and produce beautiful blooms and hips throughout the growing season.