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'Vavoom ™' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 110-007
most recent 16 APR HIDE POSTS
Initial post 15 APR by ccInSoCal
ugh – i'm so frustrated. i loved the orange blossoms on vavoom, but this rose is getting the shovel. it is consistently deformed with teeny-tiny leaves with lots of disease. last summer it never got taller than about 18" tall, and almost no roses... i don't remember the vavoom being like this when we bought it (in pasadena). but now that we dug it up and moved it up the coast (and only a couple of miles from the ocean), it's never done well – maybe the move was too traumatic? but all the others (mostly english roses) have done fine. we'll have to find something else to replace it, but it's hard to find that orange. oh, well. (sad face...)
Reply #1 of 1 posted 16 APR by HubertG
Maybe consider Lady Emma Hamilton although it's not quite the same orange. I haven't grown it, but it looks very nice.
Discussion id : 67-869
most recent 8 APR SHOW ALL
Initial post 29 OCT 12 by goncmg
Just got the Edminds catalog and just noticed this one at long last although I think it has been discussed to me as I do love ORANGE and Gingersnap, sick and sad, remains an interest of mine. John M, Missouri is close enough to Ohio that your review will probably result in me buying this one....commenting here because the Edmunds catalog has the near-disclaimer "Excels once established" or something to that effect which generally = "good luck getting it to grow"............the ol' "rewards good cultivation" deal............
Reply #1 of 8 posted 1 MAR 16 by Michael Garhart
"loves visits to the plant ICU" lol
Reply #2 of 8 posted 1 MAR 16 by goncmg
I didn't ever take it on and I won't.
Reply #3 of 8 posted 1 MAR 16 by Michael Garhart
Friends grew it here, and, of course, the various park systems.

It's a disappointing rose.
Reply #4 of 8 posted 2 MAR 16 by goncmg
That is all I have ever heard about this one. May as well stay with 'Gingersnap' if one loves the color in a plagued and difficult plant as at least 'Gingersnap' seems to have the ability to pass on some good color traits to offspring whereas 'Vavoom' is known to set seeds readily but nobody seems to have any luck with any off-spring...........not to mention GS is 30 years older and therefore some short-comings more understandable if not more forgivable.....
Reply #5 of 8 posted 2 MAR 16 by Michael Garhart
St. Patrick and New Year typically have offspring that pass on their soft wood and general distaste for most climates, with some exceptions. Both as grandparents is not the best idea.

In my personal opinion, and I love orange roses, Vavoom isn't that interesting. Small clusters, somewhat formless blooms.

Yeah, the old ones do it better, even with their own issues.
Reply #6 of 8 posted 8 APR by drossb1986
I think mine has gotten worse the longer it's been around. It blackspots pretty bad, but it is just such an amazing color. If I ever jump off the bridge and start tempting to hybridize my own stuff, this is one I'd like to try to work the color into other, better, roses. But, outside of the blackspot, I just hate how it grows. It's not just heads off in one direction, throws out a cluster, then heads in the totally opposite direction. It's a very ugly plant.
Reply #7 of 8 posted 8 APR by Michael Garhart
I still have Marina. It's as easy rose. It has issue, but nothing glaring, and it has orange juice color. Except if it gets over 105 degrees, but by then, who cares? I don't even want to be outside!

Louise Hays has near orange juice color, but on the apricot side of things.

All A Twitter is another neon orange.
Reply #8 of 8 posted 8 APR by goncmg
Again, LOVE your way with commentary! Take a look at Gingersnap...............
Discussion id : 91-679
most recent 23 MAR 16 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 23 MAR 16 by drossb1986
After I purchased Vavoom I read the comments on here and thought, "Oh no, what have I done?" However, it has performed better than I was far. It certainly isn't as vigorous as others in my garden, but it will grow and rebloom. I honestly haven't had a single cluster of flowers yet, they've all been singles. That's a bit disappointing considering the color is outrageous and would look fantastic in bunches. I've gotten more compliments and comments on the color of this rose than any other in my garden. I also haven't had any issue with diseases so far. It's stayed clean while a couple of other bushes have had some issues.

It isn't an award winner or anything earth-shattering, but it's been a decent little rose bush that can be appreciated for its eye-searing color.

August 2016 Update: I feel like the odd man out here, but I have nothing but positive things to say about Vavoom. It blooms and blooms and blooms, often shooting out new growth before the old blooms have dropped their petals. It had the slightest touch of blackspot, probably because it's planted to the blackspot ball that is Purple Tiger, but it responded to spraying and didn't have any issues again. The flowers do get a little crispy in the Texas heat, but most roses don't even try to bloom in the heat so you have to give Vavoom props for trying. It does have a bit of a spreading habit moreso than most of the other roses I grow, so when planting that should be accounted for. It needs a little more room than most. However, if I had the room I'd have 3 or 4 of these and I can't say that about most of the roses I grow.
Discussion id : 79-074
most recent 20 JUN 14 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 20 JUN 14 by Michael Garhart
Not a very good rose. The older Marina is by far superior in the "eyebleed orange category". It has its issues, like any rose from that era, but nothing compared to Vavoom. Very unfortunate.

Try Betty Harkness. It is a few shades more coral pink, but it is also very tangerine colored, and it is very easy to grow. It is quite similar to Livin' Easy, but it lacks the apricot and blended tones, which make it POP more in the landscape.
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