My Girl Easy Elegance® RoseRosa 'BAIgirl' (PP# 19,952)
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Rosa 'BAIgirl' (PP# 19,952)
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My Girl Easy Elegance® Rose is one of the easiest roses to grow well, because it has outstanding disease resistance, and needs no routine spraying. It produces an endless succession of large, full blooms of classic beauty. With many broad, ruffled petals, the flowers are a deep rich pink approaching red, and they have a gentle fragrance of classic tea-rose. It grows into a rounded, upright plant to 5 feet tall and wide, and it is perfect for shrub beds and specimens. It can also be grown as a climbing rose.
My Girl Easy Elegance® Rose should be planted in full sun for the best results. It grows well in heavier soils, like loams and clays, and sandy soils should be enriched with plenty of organic material. Water regularly during dry weather and fertilize in spring. Regular spraying is not needed, because this plant has outstanding disease resistance, and a simple spring pruning is all the care needed.
We are today in a new era of rose growing. Younger breeders have responded to the need to move on from exhibition roses that need extensive care, chemical treatments, and that deliver just a handful of roses each season. Today we want trouble-free plants that bloom continuously, and that thrives in many climates, and today’s breeders are delivering exactly that. Ping Lim and Bailey Nurseries have created a remarkable series of plants whose name – Easy Elegance® – says it all. With flowers very like the traditional florist’s tea roses, growing on vigorous bushes resistant to disease, these plants are perfect for the rose-lover who doesn’t have the time or the wish to invest the hours of work roses used to take. One bush that really stands out in this group is My Girl Easy Elegance® Rose, which carries a seemingly-endless succession of large, full, deep pink roses. They even bring back the soft traditional scent that is the birthright of these wonderful flowers. On a bush that reaches 5 feet tall, with great disease resistance, you will love it, and how easy it is to grow. Make My Girl Rose, your girl too.
The My Girl Rose bush is a vigorous, multi-stemmed bush growing 3 to 5 feet tall, with a broad spread of up to 5 feet. The deep-green leaves are semi-glossy, and divided into 5 or 7 leaflets, each about 1-inch long with a serrated edge. This rose has outstanding resistance to both black spot and powdery mildew, the two main diseases that plague roses and make all that nasty chemical spraying necessary. The foliage of this rose will stay clean and green, and on the bush. It won’t turn black, moldy or yellow and then drop off, leaving a bare skeleton by late-summer.
The flowers are a full 2½ inches across, with a rounded fullness and 30 broad petals creating a classic form. The buds are deep pink as they begin to open, mostly on long single stems perfect for cutting, but in profusion, and the blooms are a rich, deep pink close to purple-red, truly a wonderful and distinctive color. Blooms come more-or-less continuously from early summer into the fall, each one lasting a full week before the petals drop. If you leave the old flowers untrimmed you will also have a great fall display of bright orange rose hips.
This rose is the perfect size and form to use as a flowering shrub in all your beds. Plant a pair on either side of a door or gate. Plant them in beds surrounded by annual flowers or low shrubs. Grow them in front of larger spring-flowering shrubs to keep the beauty and color coming as the seasons pass. With its long, flexible stems it is also a great choice for a lower climbing rose, tied back against a fence or trellis. Remember to arch the stems over for maximum blooming.
My Girl Rose has been bred for resistance to cold, so it grows well in zone 4 without any special protection. It is also remarkable for growing well even in the hottest zones.
Full sun is best for flower production and the general health of My Girl Rose, and it grows best in richer, heavier soils, including clay soils as long as they are not constantly wet. In sandy soils use plenty of rich organic materials like compost or rotted manures for the best growth. It grows well in both acid and alkaline soils.
Mulch in late fall or in spring with a 4-inch layer of rich organic material, to feed your bush, reduce weeds and conserve moisture. Don’t allow it to dry out in summer – the bush is drought resistant, but too much dryness will reduce blooming. Use rose fertilizer in spring and early summer for vigorous growth. With its outstanding disease resistance, this bush doesn’t need any routine spraying. Pests are few, and they can easily be controlled with a simple soap spray, if needed.
Prune in spring by removing weak and damaged branches and shortening back the main branches by up to one-third. After a few years begin to remove some of the oldest branches that have lost their vigor, to encourage plenty of new, strong shoots. This rose is grown on its own roots, so you don’t need to worry about those troublesome suckers grafted roses often get – every shoot you see will be My Girl Rose.
Ping Lim is a leader of the new American rose breeders, and he has done outstanding work as the Rose Research Director for Bailey Nurseries, Minnesota. They have facilities all across the country, so their roses can be tested in many growing conditions before being released. In 1997 Ping Lim, working at his facility in Yamhill, Oregon, began with a German rose from 1988. Created by Werner Noack, `NOAtraum`, known as Pink Veil or Flower Carpet® Pink, this rose has a low, spreading habit and remarkable disease resistance. Ping Lim took pollen from that rose, used it to pollinate a plant of his own creation (R92108), and grew the seeds. Among them was an outstanding bush, and after extensive testing it was patented in 2009 as ‘BAIgirl’ and released by Bailey Nurseries as My Girl in their Easy Elegance® Rose range.
You will love the classic form and rich color of this rose and adore how the flowers just keep on coming. For cutting or in the garden it is simply perfect, elegant, and so easy to grow. Order now, as these roses are always in high demand and short supply – they don’t stay around our farm for long.