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most recent 18 SEP SHOW ALL
Initial post 3 SEP by Desertgarden561
Can this rose be grown as a free-standing shrub?
Reply #1 of 1 posted 18 SEP by Deborah Petersen
No way to know for sure, having not tried it myself or heard of anyone who has, but I think it wouldn't be too easy to deal with, growing that way. A mature plant throws out long, relatively lax canes (10'+), which readily take advantage of any upward support they find (I have to spend time keeping it out of surrounding small trees and keeping it on its own support), while the main trunk is still not that substantial, even after some years (unlike Mme. Alfred Carriere, which has hefty main trunks and can be trained to be freestanding). It would be a sprawling, very thorny thing with massive amounts of biomass, I think (maybe cascading down a hill would work?). Its response to pruning is vigorous production of more long canes so I tend to cut a cane off entirely if I want to stop it from going some direction.
most recent 24 AUG HIDE POSTS
Initial post 24 AUG by Desertgarden561
I received notification of a private message from RainGreen today but cannot access it. The notification was NOT sent to the email I use which is on my active account, but was sent to (an account that should have been deleted)

Please advise.
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Initial post 31 MAY 16 by Desertgarden561

How thorny is Colette? Is anyone successfully growing it as a shrub versus climber?
Reply #1 of 1 posted 31 MAY 16 by Robert Neil Rippetoe
I've tried that. It was too prickly for me but then you may have more space than I do.
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Initial post 23 MAR 14 by Desertgarden561
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