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'Koko Loco' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 107-450
most recent 3 SEP SHOW ALL
Initial post 16 JAN by drossb1986
I have a strange attraction to the lavender "russet" colored roses, but there has to be something better out there than Koko Loko (Distant Drums is, but the very flat blooms I'm not a fan of). KL blooms flop open quickly for me and don't have much shape. My plant has been the most puny of my entire garden. She may get the shovel this year when pruning time comes.
Reply #1 of 1 posted 3 SEP by jmile
I have two Koko Loco plants. One is own root and I do not remember what the other is. My plants are huge and so are the flowers. The flowers and the plants are magnificent. I am in zone 9B---they love the heat here.
Discussion id : 99-148
most recent 9 MAY 17 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 9 MAY 17 by zztop
I've killed 3. I don't think it likes my zone 6a garden. I don't think it likes me. If they survive the winter they succumb to cold springs. If it grow it in a pot it gets terrible blackspot.
Discussion id : 90-842
most recent 16 APR 16 SHOW ALL
Initial post 12 FEB 16 by Jackattack
Can anyone speak to wether or not this rose does better or equally as good own root vs grafted. I keep hearing certain roses don't perform as well own root however having a hard time finding any list or reference to which roses are best grafted. I'm in Northern California zone 9
Reply #1 of 1 posted 16 APR 16 by Michael Garhart
Maybe it would be okay own-root in North Cali.

When I grew Koko Loco, which I liked, I grew it grafted and it was a pretty slow grower. Its not really the most vigorous rose. Personally, I would grow it grafted. For own-root, I would suggest Tom Brown or Distant Drums, which have proven to grow well own-root.

Maybe someone that has grown Koko Loco own-root could chime in.
Discussion id : 64-800
most recent 20 MAY 14 SHOW ALL
Initial post 4 JUN 12 by goncmg
HATE the gimmicky name.............THAT being said, got one from Edmunds because I just "love" the oddities............and I have been happily surprised here in 6a. The plant is in the upper 75%-ile of my 90 I would say as for disease RESISTANCE..........I find the light green leaves and extremely thorny canes to be unique for this color................agree with past threads that the blooms blow pretty quick and would disagree with the catalog rhetoric that this one goes from brown to lilac...........mine pretty much is putty-toned lavender from start to finish..............but not a bad rose at all. Expected to hate it and bought it as a dare to myself.................if Distant Drums wasn't (1) fragrant (2) still healthier and (3) 25ish years OLDER I would say some "amazing" new level has been reached with these freak color roses..............instead, that LEVEL was reached with Distant Drums and this one can join it as, so far at least, the only two "viable" roses of bizarre coloring....................
Reply #1 of 3 posted 26 APR 14 by Michael Garhart
Try out Belle Epoque. It turns this color (grey and beige) in extreme heat, and it is healthy. In cool weather, the color is more fruit colors. Its far healthier than its parents, too.
Reply #2 of 3 posted 20 MAY 14 by Matt's Northwest Florida Garden
Love it, it is somewhere in between Nimbus and Grey Dawn. I like it much better than Pink Promise but not as much as Fragrant Plum. As others have said, it shatters quickly on the bush but lasts very long when cut. I detect a distinct clove scent as flowers mature, much like the scent of Oldtimer. I hate the name, a more appropriate one would have been Mrs. Leona Helmsley !
Reply #3 of 3 posted 20 MAY 14 by goncmg
Leona Helmsley!!!!!
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