Granny’s Bonnet scientific name “Aquileria vulgaris Dorothy Rose is a very stunning rose with distinctive flower with each one having several blooms set inside one another. These rose-pink flowers are held well above blue-gray foliage on dark stems that add to the appeal. The unique hose-in-hose style blooms of ‘Dorothy Rose’ looks like several flowers set inside of each other, resembling a ruffled ballerina’s dress. Granny’s Bonnets have been around for centuries and are among the most popular of perennials. This glorious and delightful rose-pink flowers that arise 18-24” above bluish-green foliage lends the whimsical air of a ruffled ballerina’s dress to your garden.
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This rose is quite popular because of its easy germination process which is best started indoors. Start by freezing the seed packet (dry) for about 5 – 7 days. Surface sow on good seed starting mix. pressing the seeds into the mix gently, do not cover the seed with mix. Moisten mix and place container in a location where it can get sufficient light. It should germinate in approximately 15 to 20 days.
Watch out for powdery mildew and rust which is most likely to occur during dry summers, caterpillars, aphids and leaf miners can also be a problem. Leaf miners tunnel through the surface of the leaves during the spring, leaving an unsightly foliage so watch out for them. The remedy for this is to cut the whole plant down to the ground after they finish flowering, the leaf miner larvae are gone by the time the second new growth begins.
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