Easy Elegance’s internationally recognized rose hybridizer, Ping Lim, is at the heart of the collection’s success. He personally oversees close to 25,000 crosses made annually, and stands behind them with a 2-yr homeowner guarantee.
The Easy Elegance® roses was born out of a desire to change perceptions about roses. They are no longer difficult plants that require the use of chemicals to keep them healthy. Now they are hardy, own-root, disease-resistant shrubs that bloom all season long.
There are no chemicals used in the Easy Elegance breeding or evaluation programs. In fact, in the seedlings' first year they’re sprayed with a mixture of powdery mildew, black spot and other disease spores to eliminate any roses that show signs of disease. Only graduates of the program become Easy Elegance roses.
Creating a commercially successful rose breeding program relies on teamwork within the department and the nursery as a whole. The team is busy year-round with pollination, selection, field evaluation, hip harvesting and processing, digging, packing, organizing seed and breeding material, pruning, pinching, planting and recording endless amounts of data. A staggering 35,000 crosses are made each year. Ping describes it as putting together the pieces of a perfect puzzle.