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'Parade Day ™' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 100-338
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Initial post 1 JUN by Michael Garhart
This rose overwintered well through out 2 freeze storms (whereas others in this class perished, like Secret). It is about to open again, and I am noticing a pattern. It seems to dislike heat and become wilty. I am not sure if it is just super thirsty, if the roots need to grow more, or what. Otherwise, its super nice.
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Reply #1 of 2 posted 2 JUN by StrawChicago Alkaline clay 5a
Michael: My experience with large & glossy foliage: Initially I thought they need more water, but they actually prefer alkaline ... if it's too much acidic rain, hard minerals get leached out, and leaves wilt easily. My Meilland "Sweet Promise 2007" has the most glossy foliage, and I constantly have to lime that to neutralize acidic rain. David Austin rose Evelyn also has large & glossy foliage, I put the outflow of my rain-barrel, dumping tons of rain on that one. Then it got up to 70 F, and it WILTED in partial shade !! So I topped that with ALKALINE pea gravel (pH 9) for minerals .. leaves became thicker, and no more wilting.

Same with Austin rose Wise Portia (prefer alkaline). I put the rain-barrel overflow on that one, it received tons of rain, then it also wilted in partial shade. So I gave it Azomite (alkaline-mineral-powder, pH 9) and it stopped wilting. Rain leaches out calcium (makes leaves thicker), and magnesium (makes leaves shiny). Roses with glossy foliage have a higher need for alkaline minerals. I tested dunking cut blooms in different combo with ACIDIC rain-water (pH 4.5 in Chicagoland): with dolomitic lime, with red-lava, with Azomite .. and the cut blooms in Azomite solution last longest in the vase. Azomite is a fine-powderm & easily absorbed by the stems. Sold cheap on Amazon, $10 for a large bag. After testing Azomite on many roses, I prefer that over lime, since Azomite has many trace elements, besides calcium & magnesium.
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Reply #2 of 2 posted 3 JUN by Michael Garhart
I live at the edge of the temperate rain forests, so its always acidic. I think that one this one gets a better root structure in place, it should be fine and able to reach more minerals. I will lime the area next winter. That soil is clay and mushroom compost amendment.
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Discussion id : 99-252
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Initial post 11 MAY by jmile
What is the selling info on this rose. It was listed as not being sold in several states----California included?
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Reply #1 of 1 posted 1 JUN by Michael Garhart
I don't know what to tell you. It was being sold mail order, so it should have been sold to you. But I didn't not see any sold locally this year. Last year, I got it, because a nursery here has a special relationship with the Portland Rose Society, Washington Park, and Weeks. So they introduce one a year ahead as part of promoting the Rose Festival here.
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