Rosa Bonica

Fast Facts

  • Name: Rosa Bonica
  • Bred by: Meilland International
  • Introduced: 1982
  • Growth: Compact, bushy shrub, 3-4 ft in height and spread
  • Blooms: Clusters of semi-double to double blooms
  • Color: Light pink with a hint of coral
  • Foliage: Dark green, glossy leaves
  • Flowering: Repeat blooming throughout the season
  • Climate: Suitable for USDA zones 5b and warmer
  • Disease Resistance: Excellent disease resistance
  • Growing Classification: Floribunda Rose
  • Origin/Distribution: Bred by Meilland International in France
  • Blooming Season: Spring through fall

Should you Buy One?

Consider adding Rosa Bonica to your garden if you appreciate the beauty of light pink blooms with a hint of coral. This compact shrub rose offers continuous blooming throughout the season, creating a charming and elegant display. With excellent disease resistance and a manageable size, it’s an excellent choice for both novice and experienced gardeners.

Rose Care for 'Bonica'

‘Rosa Bonica thrives in full sun to partial shade, so ensure it receives adequate sunlight. Plant it in well-draining soil enriched with organic matter to promote healthy growth. Maintain consistent moisture in the soil, especially during the growing season. Apply a balanced rose fertilizer in spring and early summer to support blooming. Prune in late winter or early spring to maintain shape and encourage new growth while removing any dead or diseased branches. Thanks to its excellent disease resistance, ‘Bonica 82’ requires minimal maintenance.

General Rose Care Tips

  • Sunlight: Ensure roses get 6-8 hours of direct sunlight daily.
  • Watering: Water deeply and regularly at the base, preferably in the morning.
  • Soil and Drainage: Use well-drained, organically rich soil.
  • Mulching: Apply mulch to retain moisture and control weeds.
  • Fertilizing: Use a balanced rose fertilizer in early spring and throughout the growing season.
  • Pruning: Prune in late winter or early spring to remove dead branches and shape the plant. Regularly deadhead spent blooms.
  • Pest and Disease Control: Monitor for pests and diseases and treat promptly.
  • Air Circulation: Space roses to ensure good air flow around the plants.
  • Winter Care: In cold climates, mulch the base after the first hard frost for protection.
  • Regular Inspection: Check roses often for signs of stress or damage.

FAQs about Rosa Bonica

Yes, ‘Bonica’ can thrive in containers with proper drainage and sunlight.

Apply a balanced rose fertilizer in spring and early summer to support continuous blooming.

While it’s hardy in USDA zones 5b and warmer, providing mulch around the base during winter can offer added protection in colder regions.

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