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'Parkdirektor Riggers ®' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 88-810
most recent 22 OCT 15 HIDE POSTS
 
Initial post 22 OCT 15 by Michael Garhart
I tried this one eons ago, as an own-root. I did not see what the big deal was about. A few years later, I tried 'Sympathie', which I felt was superior in vigor, health, color, and scent. However, it can get a little too large (like New Dawn), whereas this rose here is more trainable.
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Discussion id : 88-805
most recent 22 OCT 15 HIDE POSTS
 
Initial post 21 OCT 15 by Puns 'n' Roses
The Parkdirektor does not climb in my garden. It forms a spindly shrub with stiff canes growing in a characteristical "bow" form (I'm sure there is a botanic term for it, however I'm not a biologist), or at odd angles. However, it makes up for the awkward growth with an abundance of brilliant red blooms that don't fade, don't get blue, don't get sunburned, and don't in the least react to rain or thunderstorms. The blooms just flash their redness for weeks, and then there's more, and then there's more on new canes, and it goes on like that until the frost freezes over the last blooms. It does set hips when you don't deadhead, but still puts out new canes with new blooms.
The first flush is darker, and the blooms are fuller than in later flushes, and stand more singly. New canes have clusters of up to twelve blooms in a lighter red with less petals.
My specimen is more than 35 years old. I can't seem to get it to root from cuttings, but it's easy to pollinate. The seeds germinated easily.
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Reply #1 of 1 posted 22 OCT 15 by Patricia Routley
That is an excellent description and is of value to those who seek the identification of red climbers. Thank you Tante Rosa.
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