Climbing roses are appreciated for their wide range of uses in landscape design. They cannot be called undemanding in care, but for the sake of decorativeness, gardeners are ready to devote time and energy to the plant. The color of the petals varies widely - from "classic" to the most unusual shades. In this regard, the climbing rose Indigoletta with inky purple flowers stands out.
Indigoletta (Indigoletta) is a climbing rose (climber), bred in the Netherlands (Limburg) in 1981. The authorship belongs to the breeder van de Laak. The official name of the flower is Azubis, but it hasn't caught on. He is also found under the names Morvana (Morvana) and under the nicknames Blue Lady (Blue Lady) or Blue Queen (Blue Queen).
Climbers (or "climbing" roses) are the result of crossing climbing varieties with hybrid tea or floribundas. From the first they inherit long shoots, from the second - large bright flowers. Such varieties cannot curl along a support, but they successfully "climb" along any vertical.
Description of climbing rose Indigoletta and characteristics
The climbing rose Indigoletta is a vigorous, densely leafy bush with a diameter of about 1.5 m with powerful erect shoots reaching a height of 2.5-3 m. The leaves are leathery, rich green, glossy.
The buds are very dark purple, slightly elongated. When they open, the petals brighten, becoming inky, lilac, purple, sometimes with raspberry, bluish, lavender undertone. The flowers of the climbing rose Indigoletta are quite large - 8-10 cm in diameter, double (22-30 petals), on each stem there are 2-3 buds. The shape is classic, typical for hybrid tea roses - the "glass" gradually turns into a "saucer". The stamens are not visible even when they are fully expanded.
Flowering is very abundant and long lasting. The first "wave" falls in mid-June-late July. Further, the buds open en masse in the second half of August and early September. Individual flowers appear until the first frost. In the subtropical climate of the south of Russia - until November-December.
Rose Indigoletta, thanks to its unusual color, will not get lost even in the largest collection of varieties
One of the main features of the climbing rose of Indigoletta is a very intense, as if "perfumery" aroma. In intensity, it is comparable to the scent of damask roses. Experts detect notes of honey, lily of the valley and violet in it.
The climbing rose Indigoletta demonstrates good resistance to diseases, but only if the recommendations for planting it are followed and with proper care. In this case, it suffers from fungi only if rainy weather and excessive watering contribute to their development.
In terms of frost resistance, the variety belongs to the sixth zone. He overwinters without shelter at a temperature of -22-25 ° C. But this applies only to absolutely healthy bushes, so it is still recommended to play it safe and provide plants with protection from the cold. For the Urals and Siberia, Indigoletta is not suitable, but for the European part of the territory of Russia - quite.
This climbing rose suffers little from the rains. Even heavy rainfall will only damage individual flowers. Unbroken buds do not fall off either.
The undoubted advantages of the Indigoletta rose include:
- rare colors of petals;
- wide range of uses in landscape design;
- abundance and duration of flowering;
- resistance of flowers to precipitation;
- good immunity in optimal conditions and with quality care.
There are also disadvantages:
- insufficient cold resistance for many Russian regions;
- difficulties in preparing for winter (hard shoots are difficult to bend to the ground without breaking them);
- the need for regular pruning;
- petals fading to a faded lilac or even ashy shade in direct sunlight (but light is vital to her);
- sensitivity to high humidity of the substrate and air (diseases develop).
Important! The bright, refined aroma of the climbing rose of Indigoletta is also considered by most gardeners to be its merits. But in people who are sensitive to odors, it can trigger a migraine attack.
What is the difference between the climbing rose Ingoletta and Indigoletta
There is no rose called Ingoletta. Some gardeners abbreviate its name this way, but this is wrong. If such a "variety" is found on sale, it is definitely worth refraining from buying.
For propagation of the lilac climbing rose Indigoletta, cuttings are best suited. Because of its size, it is problematic to dig and divide an adult bush, and such an operation does not always guarantee success. It is not possible to obtain layering, because it is very difficult to bend the shoots to the ground without breaking them.
Rose cuttings are cut when the first "wave" of flowering ends. You need to take the middle part of an annual shoot about 15 cm long with 3-4 growth buds. The lower cut is made obliquely, the upper one - straight. The leaves are cut in half.
Cuttings are rooted in a "greenhouse", in a mixture of peat with sand, perlite (1: 1), planting them at a slight angle. To speed up the process, it is recommended to sprinkle or soak the lower cut in a root formation stimulator.
Rose cuttings are best cut early in the morning.
Important! If the operation was successful, new leaves begin to appear on the cuttings after 3.5-4 weeks. The climbing rose of Indigoletta can be planted on a flower bed in the fall (in a favorable climate) or wait until spring.
Planting and caring for a climbing rose Indigoletta
The climbing rose of the Indigoletta variety manifests itself in the best way only if you correctly choose a place for planting. The main requirement is good illumination. But during the hours of maximum solar activity, she needs light partial shade.
The plant is dimensional, therefore, when planting several specimens, at least 1-1.2 m is left between them. At least a meter recedes from any solid vertical support, providing ventilation. But Indigoletta can grow without a "support", powerful shoots do not bend either by themselves, or under gusts of wind or downpour.
The climbing rose Indigoletta is demanding on lighting, in the shade it loses much in decorativeness
For the first time, the climbing rose Indigoletta is watered abundantly immediately after planting, spending up to 20 liters of water. Further, during this season, the soil is moistened every 2-3 days, preventing it from drying out. In the following years, the intervals are increased to 5-10 days, taking into account the precipitation. The next watering is carried out when the soil in the near-trunk circle dries out 5-7 cm in depth. It is not necessary to pour water only at the root - the bush and flowers do not suffer when sprinkling.
After each watering, the soil in the flowerbed is carefully loosened. It is highly recommended to cover it with mulch and renew this layer as necessary. Mulching allows for longer watering intervals and saves weeding time.
Important! Particularly careful control over soil moisture levels is required during bud formation.
The large size and abundance of flowering of the climbing rose Indigoletta determine the increased need for the plant for nutrients. At the beginning of the growing season, humus or compost must be added to the trunk circle to maintain soil fertility and mineral nitrogen-containing fertilizers necessary to build up green mass.
Then, with an interval of 3-4 weeks, Indigoletta is fed with special means for roses. At the end of the second "wave" of flowering, phosphorus and potassium are added.
Shop fertilizers are a balanced "set" of macro- and microelements in the right proportions
Feeding the rose with folk remedies, it is very difficult to provide it with these nutrients.
Pruning is carried out twice a season. In the spring, while sap flow has not yet begun, they get rid of frozen and broken shoots. In the fall, the stems that have not had time to become ligneous are cut, the others are shortened by a maximum of 30 cm. From the shoots of the second order, from a third to a half are left, choosing the most powerful and "productive".
Important! If you remove the fading buds in a timely manner, you can extend the flowering period of the climbing rose Indigoletta. It is also recommended to cut them off because it is a favorable environment for the development of pathogenic fungi and a suitable "home" for pests.
Indigoletta is sheltered if the temperature is predicted to be -20 ° C or lower in winter. Next to the bush, a "trench" of sufficient length, 15-20 cm deep, is dug. Its bottom is covered with fallen leaves, hay, and spruce branches. Shoots are removed from the support or simply bent, laid on a "pillow". Arcs are installed from above and a breathable covering material is pulled over them.
Shelter for a climbing rose Indigoletta must be air-tight
If it is impossible to bend the shoots of a climbing rose, they are wrapped with the same covering material in an upright position in 2-2 layers. The base of the bush is spud up high.
Pests and diseases
Pests are rarely interested in the climbing purple rose Indigoletta. To avoid their attacks, it is enough for prevention once a month during the active growing season to treat the bush and the soil under it with any universal insecticide of a wide spectrum of action.
The plant's immunity is generally good. But Indigoletta is very sensitive to high humidity. Under such conditions, it quickly becomes infected with powdery mildew (a whitish powdery coating on all parts of the plant, gradually turning into black-brown "mucus") and black spot (brown-black spots around which yellowness spreads, soon becoming "bumps").
Black spot is one of the most dangerous diseases for roses.
The best prevention is proper watering of the plant. If rainy weather sets in, the climbing rose of Indigoletta and the soil in the near-trunk circle are sprayed with a solution of any fungicide every 7-10 days.
Climbing rose Indigoletta in landscape design
The description of the climbing rose Indigoletta, as well as photos and reviews of gardeners, suggest that in landscape design it is used mainly for decorating any vertical surfaces - walls of buildings, gazebos, fences, pergolas, trellises. The height of the bushes allows you to form a hedge from them. An interesting solution is the zoning of the territory of the site with its help.
Indigoletta's shoots are erect, so it can be planted as a tapeworm. On a bright green manicured lawn, flowers of an unusual lilac shade immediately attract the eye. Groups of one climber and three low-growing rose bushes look no less impressive. Snow-white color is best combined with lilac, also pale pink, pastel yellow, cream, peach.
Rose Indigoletta will not get lost and "solo", but you can create her "company"
Climbing rose Indigoletta is a decorative and original variety. Due to the unusual lilac-lilac color of the petals, it will not get lost even in the largest rose garden. It attracts attention and a pronounced aroma. Caring for a flower cannot be called simple, but nothing supernatural is required from a gardener. You just need to study the important nuances of agricultural technology in advance.
Reviews with a photo of a climbing rose Indigoletta
Olga Nikolaeva, 38 years old, Samara
Climbing rose Indigoletta immediately attracted me with a fabulous scent, as if lily of the valley. The bush grows very quickly, the flowers are large, like hybrid tea roses. The color of the petals is like a lilac.
Alena Stepanova, 25 years old, Rostov-on-Don
My climbing rose bush Indigoletta reaches 3 m in height with a width of about 1.5 m. The flowers are large, with an unusually strong scent. Planted in partial shade. I really like the resulting cool purple shade of the petals.
Ekaterina Ponomarenko, 43 years old, Sergiev Posad
The climbing rose Indigoletta charmed instantly - with lilac petals and a "perfume" scent. After her, all other varieties seem faint. In winter it does not freeze, for 5 years I have never been ill with anything.