Double Pink Oso Easy RoseRosa hybrid ‘Meiriftday’ (PP# 30,912)
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Rosa hybrid ‘Meiriftday’ (PP# 30,912)
Outdoor Growing zone
Full Sun, Partial Sun
The Double Pink Oso Easy Rose is a wonderful small rose bush, no more than 2 feet tall and wide, that blooms more or less continuously from May to November, with sprays of abundant double blooms that are 2 inches across, and a true rose-pink color. It forms a leafy plant to the ground, making it ideal for the front of beds, for edging paths, or for growing in planter boxes or pots. Bring continuous flowering to your summer garden, and enjoy the ease and simplicity of growing modern vigorous landscape roses like this one.
Full sun, or at least 8 hours a day, is best for the Double Pink Oso Easy Rose. Plant it in richer soils, including clay soil, that is well-drained and not constantly wet. Regular watering, mulch and fertilizer will give the best results, and this bush is resistant to Black Spot and other diseases, staying healthy and vigorous all season. A simple spring pruning is all it takes to grow it perfectly for years, and removing spent flower heads encourages a profusion of new blooms.
Rose growing used to be a big undertaking, needing dedication and hard work. The results were not always great. Throw all those old ideas out the window, because today we have an abundance of easy-care, disease-resistant roses to plant in the garden. These Landscape Roses, as they are often called, are as easy to grow as the average garden shrub, so you can enjoy the extraordinary beauty of roses in your garden, without all that work. Instead of having tall, awkward-looking plants with just a few blooms, go for rounded bushes that bloom continuously, all season. For smaller gardens or the front of beds, you can’t do better than the amazing Double Pink Oso Easy Rose, which grows no more than 2 feet tall, makes a full, rounded bush every season, and carries an abundance of gorgeous rose-pink blooms from May into November in warmer zones. Charming and carried in bunches on stems long enough to cut for small vases, these cheerful double roses open to reveal a golden center of fluffy stamens. You will love how bright and happy this rose is – a real lift to your heart every time you walk by. Grow it in your beds, along a path, or in a pot or planter – however you grow it you will love how easy it is to enjoy beautiful roses for half the year.
The Double Pink Oso Easy Rose is a deciduous bush that grows 18 to 24 inches tall, spreading to a similar width. This growth happens within a couple of years of planting, and it continues to grow this size every year. The leaves are divided into 5 or 7 smaller leaflets, which are glossy, green, oval, rounding to a point, with finely serrated edges. Each leaflet is just ½ inch long, in keeping with the overall scale of the plant. The plants are bushy, with many leaves to the ground. The stems have a few scattered small thorns on them. Flowering typically begins in May, when cluster of 10 to 14 buds grow out above the leaves. These buds open in succession, and since each flower lasts 10 to 15 days, you get a profusion of blooms all the time. As fast as a cluster comes to an end, new ones sprout out, keeping this bush blooming more or less continuously all the way into October and November. Each bloom is double, with 20 to 24 petals, and over 2 inches across when fully open. The color is a true rose-pink, and you will love the wonderful look of a bush in full bloom in your garden.
Grow the Double Pink Oso Easy Rose in any garden bed, alone, in clusters, or as a row along a path or bed edge. For group planting and edging, space plants 12 or 18 inches apart. Grow it tucked in a corner against a wall, or at the foot of a boulder. Plant it in pockets of a sunny rock garden, or at the top of a wall. It looks great anywhere in your garden. It is also ideal for growing in planter boxes or pots.
This hardy rose can be grown without protection in zone 5, and in all warmer zones, even in zone 9. Plants in pots can be left outdoors all year round in zone 7 or in warmer areas. In colder zones store in a cold porch, garage or shed. Light in not necessary when the plant has no leaves.
Grow the Double Pink Oso Easy Rose in full sun, or with at least 8 hours of direct sunlight from spring to fall. Plant it in rich, well-drained soils. Roses enjoy heavier soils, such as clays, if they have plenty of organic material added, but they don’t like areas that are regularly saturated and wet. Once established it has some drought resistance, but drier periods tend to reduce blooming, so water regularly if you can.
Use fertilizer suitable for roses each spring, and in liquid form through spring and summer when growing in pots. This rose has good resistance to Black Spot, so you won’t see your leaves discoloring and falling off – lush and green all summer is what you can expect. Any minor pests can be controlled with our Neem Oil Spray, and this vigorous rose is easy to grow. In spring, when you see the first signs of new growth, prune lightly, removing any weak or damaged stems, and shortening stronger ones back by one-third. When a flower cluster has finished, cut it back to the first full-sized leaf to encourage new shoots to grow. In fall you can leave them untrimmed, and charming red rose hips may develop as winter interest.
The French family of Meilland is famous in the world of rose breeding, perhaps most for their ‘Peace’ rose that was introduced at the end of WWII. Since then they have continued to produce outstanding roses, and today it is Alain Meilland, at his nursery in Antibes, France, who continues the work, focusing on creating modern, easy-care landscape roses. To create the Double Pink Oso Easy Rose, he crossed one of his own special seedlings with an older variety called Immensee, or Grouse (‘Korimro’), released in 1982 by Reimer Kordes, also from a famous German rose-breeding family. Among the seedlings he raised was one that stood out. He named it ‘Meiriftday’ and patented it in the US in 2019. It is released as Double Pink in the Oso Easy® rose collection of Proven Winners, a brand of outstanding new plants from the best breeders in the world.
If you love roses, but don’t have time or interest in the work older types take, then make the shift to landscape roses. A great place to start is with the Oso Easy collection, so once you see how successful the Double Pink Oso Easy Rose is for you, check out our other Oso Easy varieties, and our other landscape roses. The Double Pink Oso Easy Rose is a great place to start, but order now, as our roses sell out fast, and never stay in stock for long.