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Rosa Mardi Gras™

Rosa Mardi Gras™

An ideal choice for a blooming hedge!

Bareroot Grafted
Item # 34434

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Given top honors by All America Rose Selections (AARS) judges in 2008, 'Mardi Gras™' performed exceptionally in one of the most rigorous rose trials in the world. This garden gem shows the same impressive vigor and disease resistance of its AARS-winning parent, 'Singin' in the Rain'.

Its pointed, ovoid apricot-orange to red buds slowly open to reveal 4-inch bright pink and yellow blooms with a yellow base that fill the garden with a lovely spicy fragrance.

The colorful clusters of blossoms, which arise continuously throughout their early summer to late summer season, stand out in stark contrast to the dark green leaves. The upright, vigorous, very disease-resistant plant reaches a mature size of 4 feet high and 2½ feet wide, making it a great selection for patio containers as well as the garden. This floribunda is a very consistent performer, and just one plant can create its own parade of color!

Plant in well-drained soil in full sun. Spring pruning is recommended. Old and dead wood should be removed and canes that cross need to be cut back. Gardeners in warmer climates should cut back the remaining canes by about one-third, while those in colder areas will probably want to prune a little more than that.
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Review Summary
(Based on 6 Reviews)

Overall Rating: 5.0 / 5.0


Gussadog from WA wrote on May 07, 2014:

I'm not a big fan of roses because of the maintenance in Washington State. However I received this as a gift from a friend and found that it is my favorite plant and the blooms are well worth the effort. Just beautiful!

Bright glowing colors!
HappyGardener from MI wrote on July 14, 2013:

This is my second year growing a Mardi Gras rose and I adore the coral and orange blooms. The blooms have great form and the colors just glow in the sunlight. It came back after a Michigan winter and has lots of beautiful blooms that vary in color from coral pink to a bright yellow orange. Would buy this rose again for sure.

Nice color and lasts long
Dusti65 from GA wrote on October 23, 2012:

Received this as a bareroot. Was nervous I'd kill it but didn't. It has a nice color but i can't detect a fragrance.

I love it so far!
Lilo from FL wrote on May 31, 2012:

I got 2 of these in April of this year, and they are both doing great! You can see some photos of one of my bare roots in my blog here: I haven't done much except water them every day. The only thing is I wish they came in the grandiflora variety. They would looks gorgeous in larger petals.

Rose Mardi Gras
Marcia from AZ wrote on May 14, 2012:

This rose has the most beautiful colors. It is blooming continuously under my large front window. The Mardi Gras is easy to care for. My disappointment is that in the description of "characteristics," it has the word 'fragrance.' This rose has no fragrance.

mardi gras rose
monica from PA wrote on April 19, 2012:

Iam totally in love with this rose. I purchased this as a potted plant from J&P 2 years ago. This is one tough little bush, survived the rains of 2011 which killed 8 of my rose bushes.After the rains this rose only had one cane left and i feared for it over the winter months, but it survived it is hardy to zone 6 winters. Now it has 4 basil breaks and is doing great. The roses are beautiful with a wonderful scent, i love the color of this one. This rose maybe a floribunda but to me it grows as a grandiflora, because it shoots out strong sturdy canes that hold their bloom. unlike the floribunda which has weaker canes and bloom with nodding heads. This bush gives of big flowers, a frequent bloomer,doesnt mind full sun or hot humind summers. make a great cut flower. Blooms into late fall in my garden.



Upon receipt, a bare-rooted Rose should be immersed in water for several hours. Never let the plant dry out after soaking and before planting. If planting is to be delayed several days, keep moist (especially the roots) and store in a cool place. If plant ing is to be delayed a week or more, “heel in” the plant, temporarily cov er ing the roots with moist soil or peat. Plant in the spring in a location with at least 6 hours of sunlight per day. Roses are widely tolerant of soils, but happiest in a moisture retentive, well-drained soil slightly on the acid side and enhanced with humus or decayed organic matter.

Space 4 to 10 feet apart, depending on ultimate spread or use. In areas where temperatures drop below 0° F., set so that the bud union (if plants are budded) is 2 inches below ground level; in warmer areas, set so that the union is above or just about at ground level. Meidiland roses are grown on their own roots, and therefore, are not budded. Mound additional soil or compost around canes to a height of 2 inches from the cane ends to prevent moisture loss. When buds start to swell, usually about 7 to 10 days after planting, remove mounded soil or mulch. We recommend a 2-inch year-round mulch over the soil surface. A strong stake is advisable for the taller growing varieties if planted in a location subject to wind.


Many varieties display resistance to pests and disease; however, precautionary mea sures are advisable on a reduced schedule. Fertilize with a standard rose fertilizer after growth has com menced and periodically (as per instructions) up until late summer.

(Fertilizing in the fall can cause soft growth and subject plants to winter injury.) Prune Hybrid Teas, Floribundas, English, and other modern shrub types in early spring before new growth starts, removing any dead, weak or old wood and cutting the plant by 2/3 to 1/2 its length. Taller, more vigorous varieties can be pruned less to allow them to develop an attractive shrub form; however, flowering may be less continuous. Climbers should be pruned in early spring to remove only a few of the older, thicker canes that no longer flower well.

The remaining canes can be lightly pruned for shaping as needed. Old-fashioned types that don’t rebloom should only be pruned in midsummer after flowers fade to remove the older, thicker canes and shorten the remaining canes as needed for shaping.

Winter care for tree roses:

Once the night temperature averages below freezing for 3 to 4 weeks and the plants become dormant, trim the top canes about 5 or 6 inches. In zones 6 & 7, wrap the entire plant with strips of either burlap or stem-wrapping paper (like used on tree trunks). begin wrapping from the bottom of the trunk, overlapping the layers in and around the graft and the stems at the top of the plant, until only the tips are exposed.

In zones 4 & 5, wrap trunk and top as described and then staple a cylinder of tar paper around trunk. Then wrap a larger piece of burlap over the entire top of the rose, tying it tightly to keep it in place. Finally, mound 6 to 8 inches of soil around the base of the plant.

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