"Maggie" Rose
(Rosa "Maggie")


Plant Description:

This old garden or antique rose is in the class known as “Found” roses, hence the double quotations around the name.  In this case the original “Maggie” was found in Louisiana.  It is typically evergreen and perennial although a severe freeze can cause leaf drop.  Mature height is 6 to 7 feet with a spread of about 3 to 4 feet.  It is a fast growing shrub type rose with beautiful deep red-pink blooms that have great fragrance.

Mature Size:     6 – 7 feet tall; 3 – 4 foot spread

Growth Rate:     Fast

Plant Habit:     Shrub-type


Ornamental Characteristics & Uses: 

Foliage Color:     Medium Green

Flower Color:     Deep red-pink

Bloom Time:     ”Maggie” is a re-blooming rose, producing prolifically from spring through fall or early winter.

Attracts Wildlife:     Butterflies may visit for nectar

Uses:  “Maggie” can be grown as a specimen plant, used in hedges, or in mass plantings as a shrub rose.


Growing Requirements:

Exposure:     Full Sun

Water Needs:     Moderate

Soil Tolerances:     Grows well in sandy soils as well as clay.

Soil pH:    Slightly acidic is preferred.

Maintenance:     Low/moderate, once established


General Care & Growing Tips: 

Roses respond well to regular fertilization, although fertilizing varies depending on the season, the location, and the size of plants.  Select a fertilizer formulated for roses, preferably one containing micronutrients and slow-release nitrogen.  Prune to remove dead or damaged branches or to shape the plant in February.  Supplemental irrigation is required during dry spells.  Maintaining a 2- to 3- inch layer of organic mulch will help retain soil moisture and keep plants from drying out.


Common Pests: 

Being an old garden variety, “Maggie” is very resistant to leaf diseases that bother Hybrid Tea varieties.  Insects seldom cause any problems.


References: 

Park Brown, S. (2007). Growing Roses in Florida. University of Florida. http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ep339

The Antique Rose Emporium. (2012). www.antiqueroseemporium.com



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