Bred by Kordes, Germany, released in Australia in the late 90’s, this rose continues to be popular to home gardeners because of the intense black-red coupled with an amazingly rich rose fragrance.
Ekstase is popular with the guys because it is a dark, black red rose with very few thorns and is ideal to pick and have in a vase for no less than 7 days during which time it will hold the perfect Hybrid Tea rose shape.
This rose is not ideal in the rose nursery – it wants to be pampered in the pot but the feedback from our customers is all rave reviews once it is planted in the open ground so we continue to list Ekstase for those who love the darkest red roses with high fragrance.
- Intense black red
- Perfectly formed Hybrid Tea rose with few thorns
- Ideal for picking for the vase
- Adequately healthy when planted in open ground
The generally sunny, dry and hot conditions of the Australian garden are particularly well suited to planting roses and roses flourish in our gardens when you take measures to provide the following:
WATER – Roses are very deep rooted plants and require one good, deep soaking at least every 10 days in hot and dry conditions.
FEED – Because roses flower throughout all but the Winter season, they should be regularly fertilized with quality (preferably organic) fertilizer which contains a balance of major nutrients (NPK) and trace elements. The fertilizer should be applied at least once a month – small amount often – with fortnightly applications of liquid seaweed over the foliage.
PRUNE – During Winter, 70% of the rose plant should be pruned and all old wood removed back to the crown and the bush pruned to shape.
During the flowering seasons, 25% of all flowering stems should be cut back after flowering to encourage strong re-growth.
MULCH – Particular attention to application of lucerne or pea straw directly around the root-zone of each rose will enhance the overall health of the rose and then the whole bed should be mulched to 75mm with any other mulch medium available.