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'Koko Loco' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 99-148
most recent 9 MAY HIDE POSTS
Initial post 9 MAY 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!!!!!
Discussion id : 54-804
most recent 9 NOV 11 SHOW ALL
Initial post 4 JUN 11 by Michael Garhart
So far, no disease. Neat foliage. However, Tom Brown, an own-root of the same color type, is out-pacing Koko Loco's vigor by far. The vigor and plant architecture of of KL, so far, reminds me of Angel Face or Play Girl.
Reply #1 of 2 posted 9 NOV 11 by Mike Mulholland
Can you give an update on how you would compare these two roses?
Reply #2 of 2 posted 9 NOV 11 by Michael Garhart
The same as before. Koko Loco is not very healthy, in my opinion, but its quite unique.
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