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Discussion id : 18-465
most recent 18 MAY 07 SHOW ALL
Initial post 4 MAY 07 by Unregistered Guest
My Gemini, which I purchased last fall year in a five-gallon pot, flourished without disease until Spring pruning. I had two nearby roses that were attacked by spider mites. All adjacent roses received the same general pruning, the same chemical treatments, and the same pressure water spray (to remove the spider mites that were surviving the chemicals). The heavily infested plants recovered, but the seemingly untouched Gemini died off. Pruning was light, but the dieback seemingly started with each pruned cane. I recently replaced Gemini. The rose I purchased, which was the only one left at the nursury, iis blooming but the areas that appear to have been pruned previously are mostly dead. My take, and perhaps others can weigh in, is that Gemini responds horribly even to mild pruning. Anyone else experienced this?
Reply #1 of 2 posted 4 MAY 07 by Dave and Deb Boyd
What zone are you in? We only have a foot of live cane on Gemini in spring (planted in 2001). I mound it with 6 inches of mulch (lawn clippings) and it gets lots of snow piled on it. Spring growth is early and very vigorous. I haven't noticed additional cane dieback after pruning. I pressure wash it with water twice a week but don't have to spray chemicals.

South central Montana - zone 4/5
Reply #2 of 2 posted 18 MAY 07 by Miguel SoCal
Can't say that I have encountered the same pruning problem you have experienced. Gemini prunes well for me and in my SoCal garden needs to be pruned occasionally for shaping. For what it's worth, Gemini is one of the most prolific bloomers in the garden even after pruning. Best of luck! It's a great rose.................SoCal Miguel
Discussion id : 10-157
most recent 25 SEP 05 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 25 SEP 05 by Shmoopy's Garden
Beautiful form and color on Gemini and puts out lots of blooms. Winter hardy in Zone 5 Michigan.

Discussion id : 8-878
most recent 1 JUN 05 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 1 JUN 05 by John Moody
As close to a super rose as they get. If it had more fragrance it would be perfect in my opinion. Beautiful, healthy, vigorous, and a blooming machine. Mine tends to bloom alot in clusters so it requires some disbudding if you want more single stem beauties for exhibition. I don't as I want all the flowers possible!!
Discussion id : 2-216
most recent 27 JAN 05 SHOW ALL
Initial post 25 FEB 04 by Unregistered Guest
this rose looks beautiful but i was wondering why it's in zone 7 + i live in zone 5 and would love to own this hybrid
Reply #1 of 2 posted 25 FEB 04 by Unregistered Guest
I also live in zone 5 and they were selling this at the local Lowe's Hardware this spring, so it is likely an error listing it as zone 7. Look for it next spring. It's better to plant roses in the early spring, or when dormant so they have the spring and summer to settle in before winter. This one will likely need winter protection, but I have to agree it is a beauty.
Reply #2 of 2 posted 27 JAN 05 by John Moody
I live in zone 5 and this rose is perfectly hardy with just a little protection from the worst of the winter weather. It is an excellent garden rose as well as an excellent exhibition rose.
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