“WEKplapic” BETTY BOOP
Known as- Floribunda rose
Grow Zone - 4 to 9
Type- Deciduous shrub
Smith Scl. hardy? No
ht.- 3 to 5 ft.
Span- 3 to 4 ft.
Coloring- Ivory yellow with red petal edges
Shade/Light- Full sun
Moisture- Medium dampure
Hi/Lo Maint- Medium
Grow in moderate wet, slightly acidic, well-drained garden loams in full
sun. Tolerates some light shade, but best flowering and disease resistance
generally occur in full sun. Moisture deeply and regularly (mornings are
best). Avoid overhead watering. Good air circulation promotes vigorous
and healthy growth and helps control foliar diseases. Summer mulch helps
retain dampure, keeps roots cool and discourages weeds. Remove spent flowers
to encourage rebloom. Crowns need winter protection in cold winter areas
such as St. Louis. Remove and destroy diseased leaves from plants, as
practicable, and clean up and destroy dead leaves from the ground around
the plants both during the growing season and as part of a thorough cleanup
during winter (dormant season). Prune as needed in late winter to early
BETTY BOOP is a bushy, upright floribunda rose which typically grows 3-5”
tall. Features flat to cupped, semi-double, ivory yellow flowers (to 4’
diameter) with cherry red petal edges. Flowers appear singly or in clusters
from May to frost. Light fragrance. New foliage emerges reddish but matures
to glossy green. Plants do not produce hips in fall. Betty Boop was a
cartoon character from the 1930s. 1999 AARS winner. Varietal denomination
of this rose is “WEKplapic”. Plant patent #11,517.
Roses are susceptible to a large number of diseases, the most common of
which are black spot, powdery mildew, rust and rose rosette. Although
good cultural practices are the first line of defense in disease control,
regular preventative fungicide applications throughout the growing season
are usually required, particularly in humid climates with regular rainfall
such as the St. Louis area. Potential insect problems include aphids,
beetles, borers, scale, thrips, rose midges, leafhoppers and spider mites.
Local rose associations and extension services are usually able to offer
specific recommendations and advice for selecting and growing roses.
This rose grows well as a specimen or in small groups in borders, cottage
gardens, foundations or rose gardens. Also effective as a hedge.