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Discussion id : 41-391
most recent 22 MAR 13 SHOW ALL
Initial post 29 DEC 09 by Jeff Britt
I look at the ratings of this rose given by many people and I have to wonder what is wrong with me. I planted Heritage about 10 years ago and found it to be a weak grower and stingy bloomer, not to mention the fact the flowers (scentless in my experience) lasted only two days before shattering. The flower stems weren't strong enough to hold up the flowers, so the blooms had to be viewed while stooped over. The plant mildewed and got rust so bad it defoliated in August.

I shovel pruned Heritage years ago. I either had a bad plant to start with or just didn't do something right.
Reply #1 of 6 posted 29 DEC 09 by Robert Neil Rippetoe
It was a dog here too Jeff. I figured it needed a cooler climate.

The blossoms could be intensely fragrant but it was rare that all the planets aligned to make for perfect blossoms. Even then, as you suggest the blossoms shattered much too quickly. Powdery Mildew was occasionally a problem.

I had 'Heritage' about 5 years before I threw in the towel.
Reply #2 of 6 posted 29 DEC 09 by Jeff Britt
And yet, it has good ratings here. Perhaps it is best in colder winter weather. I do think some roses need more vernalization to grow vigorously in spring. It's odd that Heritage should be one given its breeding. Also, I have found Austin roses in general excessively vigorous in California. Grafted on vigorous root stock and fertilized, most of them become outsized in nothing flat. Heritage was certainly the exception to that rule.
Reply #3 of 6 posted 29 DEC 09 by Robert Neil Rippetoe
I think you could be right about vernalization.

I can't say mine wasn't vigorous. It did grow quite well, (when it wasn't suckering 'Dr. Huey' rootstock).

Sun burn and Rose Mosaic Virus sealed it's fate.
Reply #5 of 6 posted 22 MAR 13 by Sharon Rose
I live in the Pacific NW and grow many of David Austin roses as they do very well for me here. Most are on their own root and started as tiny bands so they took couple of years to get big enough to bear lots of blooms. Heritage has done very well and almost always in bloom. I did get rust when it was shadowed by a near by shrub but liquid copper took care of that and I've had no problem since moving it. I've even had a couple of seedling from it. I planted the biggest one in a pot and am waiting to see what it will do. So far it has no disease of any kind but it is only about 10" tall right now.
Reply #4 of 6 posted 27 FEB 11 by Danda
Same here... Stingy, miserly shrub it was and less than vigorous. The beautiful blooms were something to behold,...if you did't happen to blink. NO staying power, they just shattered after a day or 2, and then too long a wait between flushes. A real pity... I'll stick with better performers.
Reply #6 of 6 posted 22 MAR 13 by Rupert, Kim L.
I finally shovel pruned Heritage last week. It is definitely a rose which DEMANDS a lot of water, much more so than the average HT, floribunda or shrub. Providing it the same resources the surrounding roses received, it suffered from mildew, rust and black spot, though those around it remained healthy. I do not spray. Increasing the water substantially resulted in healthier growth, but, as expected, the flowers were only decent during rainy weather and were stunted and mis shapen during heat. At best, they lasted two days. The plant was from Star Roses, budded on Dr. Huey and had been in place for over fifteen years. It is not missed, nor will it be replaced.
Discussion id : 57-110
most recent 8 SEP 11 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 7 SEP 11 by Rupert, Kim L.
Per the Australian Patent for Heritage: "Origin
This variety arose from the controlled pollination of an un-named seedling by 'Iceberg'. It was bred by David C.H. Austin of Wolverhampton, England. 'Ausblush' ('Heritage') was selected for development on the basis of it being a shrub rose with highly perfumed well-formed, pale pink cup-shape flowers, and propagated vegetatively through numerous generations. " Per this information, the parentage should be listed as "Seedling X Iceberg".
Reply #1 of 2 posted 8 SEP 11 by Lyn G
Thank you.

Reply #2 of 2 posted 8 SEP 11 by Rupert, Kim L.
You're welcome!
Discussion id : 54-239
most recent 16 MAY 11 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 16 MAY 11 by blocke19
I grow 3 Heritage in a row as climbers, growing up and over my back deck. As 3yr old plants, they are 9" tall (so far!) and maybe 5" wide. Spring flush is magnificent and gives me at least 100 flowers per bush! Quick rebloom too.Needs an occasional spraying to prevent blackspot. Flowers are med sized and smell like lemons and old rose.
Discussion id : 8-020
most recent 28 APR 09 SHOW ALL
Initial post 7 APR 05 by Unregistered Guest
Do any fellow rosarians have trouble with the blooms of this lovely bush wilting after being cut. This is the only rose I have this problem with even with hardening and conditioning.
Reply #1 of 1 posted 28 APR 09 by Mary
I have a Heritage rose here in Zone % and it grows as most of the others describe. Nd Yes, I do have a little touble keeping them as cut roses. They just don't last.:(
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