If you are fascinated by the world of roses, surely you have once taken a look at some of them and you have been amazed. One that leaves you speechless is the La Minuette rose. But what do you really know about her?
If you are interested in learning more about this rose cultivar and want to see if you could place it in your garden and appreciate those striking roses, keep reading because we will tell you everything about it.
How is the rose La Minuette
The first thing you need to know about the La Minuette rose is that we owe it to the rose grower Walter Edward Lammerts, also a scientist, geneticist and horticulturist. This American professional managed to cultivate it in 1969 in California and today it has become one of the most appreciated for the roses it produces. Other names by which you can find it are Sweetheart, La Minuette or LAMinuette.
Actually, the cultivar is a modern rose from the Floribunda group. In case you don’t know what we mean, These are modern roses whose “origins” are hybrid tea roses (of which we will tell you on another occasion), and polyantha roses (which are crosses of Rosa chinensis and multiflora).
Thus, the La Minuette rose was born, a combination of two roses: Peace and Rumba. The Peace rose is quite large (actually it has between 40 and 45 petals each) and yellow in color with pink edges. For its part, the Rumba rose blooms with flowers that mix red with apricot color (a soft orange). They are also large, although less than the previous ones (they have more than 40 petals).
Thus, the result is a rose bush that can reach 60 centimeters in height and develops in the form of a bush. Regarding the leaves, they are shiny and dark green.
But the most beautiful and characteristic of this rose cultivar is none other than its flowers. By combining the two types of roses above, Lammerts found roses of white and red, with the edges of the petals being red. In addition, the rose is smaller than its “parents”, since it is made up of between 17 and 25 petals. These bloom solitary, that is, each stem produces a unique rose (this does not mean that a stem only gives one rose, but it will not throw you a bunch of them). As for their size, they are usually about 10 centimeters in diameter.
Its flowering season, like many other rose bushes, is spring and summer, but it can influence when pruning is done so that you extend the rose season longer.
La Minuette rose care
After learning about the La Minuette rose, it is possible that, after seeing it in pictures, you liked it enough that you want to have it in your garden, either planted in the ground or in a pot.
For a start, you should know that this rose is easy to care for, although it has some peculiarities that you must take into account to avoid dying on you. Therefore, as we want to help you, below you will be able to have a practical guide so that you can give it all the care it needs.
location and temperature
As with any rose bush, the La Minuette rose needs to be outdoors. You can keep it in a pot inside the house, but the truth is that it needs at least 6 hours of direct sunlight to be well nourished. Therefore, it is best to put it outside, on a balcony, terrace or directly in the open air.
Within this location, the best place would be in full sun, although they can tolerate being in shady areas. What difference could there be? Especially in terms of growth and flowering. When it is in the shade it grows slower and also blooms in less quantity. That is why it is more recommended to put it where the sun gives it the longest to better appreciate its flowers.
As for the temperature, it can tolerate high temperatures very well, but low temperatures will cost it, which is why it is recommended that they be protected with a mesh and a little mulch on the ground to take care of its roots.
The soil that you should use with the La Minuette rose should be a mixture between universal substrate, earthworm humus (to keep moisture when watering it), and perlite (so that it drains well). The ideal pH for this type of roses should be close to 7. So you will have to check every x time that it has not diminished.
When the rose bush has time and is adapted, nothing happens, but if it is young it can affect the level of flowering or growth.
Rose bushes are plants that need water, but not as much as you might think. In fact, when it is a specimen of a young rose bush, it will require a little more watering to develop. But As an adult, it may tolerate drought or water shortages much better (and still flourish for you).
Depending on where you have it, the weather, temperature, etc. it will be watered more or less. But in general, you could opt to water 1-2 times a week in summer and 1-2 times a month in winter.
During the spring and summer months. As long as it has not been transplanted at that time, a fertilizer for rose bushes (or for flowering plants) should be added to the irrigation water. If the specimen is young, add a little less than the dose recommended by the manufacturer to avoid wear. If it is older, you can add the entire dose, but space out the number of times you fertilize it a bit or use a slow-absorbing fertilizer.
The pruning of the La Minuette rose should be done at the end of winter or at the beginning of spring. Always when the frosts and low temperatures begin to slow down and between the good weather.
We recommend that you always cut the oldest stems, those that are dead or that appear sick. You should also watch that the stems do not cross each other or cause not enough air and sun to enter the entire rose bush.
Plagues and diseases
Although this rose bush is resistant and is not usually affected by pests and diseases, the truth is that there are some that you should keep in mind. For example, in the case of pests, slugs, snails… may be one of those that affect this (eating the leaves and even the flowers).
With regard to diseases, one of the most common is the “black spot”. It is caused by a fungus, Diplocarpon rosae, which can cause the disease by causing the leaves to appear with black spots. These are growing and diminishing the health of the rose bush.
Finally, regarding the propagation of the rose bush, it can be done by cuttings from the stems. In this case, these can be placed in water or planted directly on land to see if they succeed. Of course, not everyone you cut will get it.
Now that you know the La Minuette rose better, do you dare to have it in your garden?