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'Golden Celebration ™' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 98-788
most recent 20 AUG SHOW ALL
Initial post 28 APR by Dinglehopp3r
Large, beautiful, fragrant roses are produced fairly freely on the ends of long, arching canes. I want to love this rose because it has one of my favorite blooms and an incredible fragrance... However, this rose is a blackspot magnet in my humid East Tennessee garden. It is the always the first rose to show symptoms, and usually by midsummer it is completely naked. I have two of these, the older of the two is in a location where it only gets 5 hours of sun, so I put a second one in a spot where it could receive all day sun, and the tendency to blackspot seems to remain the same. I am going to give the second plant another season, and if it keeps this up I will be removing both.
Reply #1 of 2 posted 18 AUG by dna8577
Hello Dinglehopp3r,

I am in a similar area to you regarding the black spot pressure (North Alabama). I am really liking Golden celebration, but your post made me wonder if I should choose another yellow. You mentioned how your GC is a huge black spot magnet and defoliates. Do you have a no spray garden, or do they still go naked even with spraying?

Thank you,
Reply #2 of 2 posted 20 AUG by sam w
Along with the blackspot, hot weather makes short work of the flowers. I live in Arkanas with hot humid summers.
Discussion id : 98-971
most recent 13 JUN SHOW ALL
Initial post 3 MAY by Anita silicon valley
We have had warm weather up into the eighties; the petals baked. It is in mostly sun. Does it need moire water? Less heat?
Reply #1 of 5 posted 3 MAY by StrawChicago Alkaline clay 5a
Golden Celebration needs LOOSE & LOAMY & alkaline soil for FASTEST water-uptake. If you put a straw into clay, versus a straw into a glass of water with loose pebbles, it would be easier to draw up water from pebbles/water, than from dense clay.

There's a guy in San Francisco who proved that plants wilt easily in the heat with dense clay, but when he made his clay loamy by mixing in 50% wood-chips, they no longer wilt, despite full sun & hot temp.

My Golden Celebration was in full-sun, loamy & fluffy ALKALINE composted horse manure .. leaves never wilt. Then I moved it to heavy & dense clay, 4 hours morning sun only, tons of rain-water from the gutter .. and it wilted in the sun. Why? The clay is too dense, so water can't be drawn up. Plus I put too much gypsum which drove potassium down. Potassium is needed for retention of water & water-osmosis. The solution to Golden Celebration: make the soil loamy for best water-uptake & supply potassium.
Reply #2 of 5 posted 3 MAY by Lavenderlace
That's a great explanation, thanks Straw!
Reply #3 of 5 posted 3 MAY by Andrew from Dolton
Adding humus to heavy soils also opens them up and creates suitable conditions for the natural mycorrhizal fungi to flourish. Everyones a winner.
Reply #4 of 5 posted 4 MAY by StrawChicago Alkaline clay 5a
Agree to that !! Horse manure is best when it's at least 2 year-old and become humus & dark brown and moist. But the best humus is from decayed leaves, very fluffy, much easier for roots to go through than aged horse manure. Leaves in my zone 5a take at least 2 years to decompose to neutral pH.
Reply #5 of 5 posted 13 JUN by StrawChicago Alkaline clay 5a
Golden Celebration as own-root likes it alkaline & much more vigorous and healthy if the soil is moist & alkaline and loamy. Now is 92 F hot & dry, and blooms don't scorch in full-sun, since I watered with my pH 9 tap-water, and the blooms have a better scent than with acidic rain. Comte de Chambord next to it have crispy-fried blooms in the heat. Golden Cel's blooms did fry when it was 1st-year own root, but mine is 7th year own-root, so root is deep.

I give it high potassium & high phosphorus, NPK 8-20-40, plus gypsum in the planting hole for its zillion petals. Blooms smell like cup-cakes fresh from the oven (if pH is alkaline), but lesser-quality or gone with acidic rain water. I had seen pictures of Golden Celebration with tons of blooms in a pot, so this rose can bloom well with alkaline-tap-water. I like it so much, I wish I had bought more.
Discussion id : 95-996
most recent 21 NOV 16 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 21 NOV 16 by DeeGarden
I measured my first Golden Celebration bloom for the season (1st year bush) and it measured at 5" or 13cm. This was the first one to bloom in a cluster of 3, didn't expect it to be so big especially in a cluster.
Discussion id : 93-297
most recent 9 JUN 16 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 9 JUN 16 by Kit
In my USDA zone 10a Sunset zone 20 garden Golden Celebration, as a freestanding shrub, is about 20' wide by 12' tall growing in partial shade. Reliably fragrant, heavy first and last flushes but reasonably floriferous throughout the year. I'd recommend it to anyone on the west coast looking for a large deep-butter yellow rose for the garden, p'raps not as a cutter though.

Most leaves from the first flush of the year are senile by June and for the plant to look good need to be plucked.

Flowers are produced from late February till early January, last flush of growth comes in around the winter solstice and blooms in early January just as our summer type weather abruptly ends.

If left in an unattended area of the garden with lower branches unpruned this rose will tip-root and produce very vigorous shoots, to 4' first spring, so you may find it suddenly crowding something it was twenty feet from last year. If you want more shrubs keep an eye out so you can move these while still small (the heat makes it advisable not to transplant here tween July and November unless you pluck off all leaves and keep a hawk-eye on hydration.

Large specimens hold up to sun better than many Austins, but no Austin in my climate has a leaf that can hold up more than five months. If anyone can gainsay that, let us know!
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