Ingrid Bergman

A beautiful floral tribute ‘Ingrid Bergman’ is a magnificent, dark red Hybrid Tea rose ivith a marvellous pedigree and a healthy constitution. It gives pleasure to many gardeners and is a delight to the flower arranger.

ANNUAL CALENDAR

SPRING

March:

Prune. Feed with a rose fertilizer.

Spray with aphicide if necessary.

SUMMER

Late June:

Feed with a rose fertilizer. July-August:

Flowering time.

Deadhead (remove dead flower-heads) to encourage new flowers.

AUTUMN

September-October:

Flowering continues. Keep deadheading. November: After flowering, cut down late-flowering growth by a third to reduce wind damage during winter gales.

WINTER

December-February: ‘Ingrid Bergman’ is a very tough variety that requires no protection in the winter months. , PRUNING, 1

Like all bush roses, ‘Ingrid,

Bergman’ benefits from a, careful pruning every year

Always prune in early, spring, never in the, autumn. Using a sharp pair, of secateurs, cut out any old and twiggy wood and reduce the big remaining stems by about two-thirds.

Make the cuts about 2cm above a bud, as this prevents the slight risk of the disease die-back

THE EXHIBITOR ingrid Bergman’ is capable of producing enormous blooms for competition in shows. Disbudding (removing the small side buds) increases flower size. For exhibition purposes, cut blooms when they are half out. They will retain their classical shape for some time.

BUYING

With its dense, leathery, disease-free foliage, ‘Ingrid

Bergman’ is an excellent choice for a low rose hedge.

T o breed a rose with the tremendous health record of ‘Ingrid Bergman’ is the wish of every rose breeder, particularly as red roses are often prone to disease. ‘Ingrid Bergman’ was created by the Danish family who bred the original floribundas. It has an impeccable ancestry, related to many famous roses. It also combines a beautiful shape with a rich colour and robustness.

Planting ‘Ingrid Bergman’ will grow in spots which have some shade but does best in full sun. It will withstand a windy situation but, like most roses, does not thrive in a draught.

It is the ideal bedding rose. When planted about 60-70cm apart, ‘Ingrid Bergman’ can produce a blaze of colour and will grow to about 1m in height. Plant in a well-prepared position. Water container-grown roses after planting. If you wish to place it in ground which has grown roses at any point in the last five years, replace the soil to a depth and width of 50cm in the planting hole. This avoids the risk of ‘rose sickness’, which strikes specimens grown in soil that has supported roses. The plants wither and die.

Cultivating

An established plant needs feeding with rose fertilizer immediately after pruning and again in July. Never feed after July.

As the flowers age and die, remove them. Cut off the old blooms and about 15cm of the stem. This encourages more flowers throughout the summer and autumn.

Ingrid Bergman

SITUATION

Any site except one that is drought prone, waterlogged or draughty. May well thrive in a difficult position where a less resilient rose would probably fail.

SOIL

Does well in most soils. Incorporate plenty of well-rotted manure or garden compost before planting. Do not grow in an old rose-bed in which roses have been grown in the last 5 years.

CARE

Prune to within 15cm of the ground on planting. Prune every year in early spring. Feed twice, after pruning and again in late June. Deadhead (remove dead flower-heads).

BUYING ‘Ingrid Bergman’ is grown and sold by most good rose nurseries. It can be obtained as a bare-root plant in the autumn through to early spring or as a container-grown specimen in the late spring or early summer. Plant bare-root roses immediately.

PLANT HEALTH

Since ‘Ingrid Bergman’ is so healthy and disease resistant, spray only if signs of disease appear. Blast aphids off with a strong jet of water or spray with an aphicide in spring to control serious infestation.

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