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'Alba Odorata' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 81-072
most recent 15 OCT 14 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 14 OCT 14 by Tessie
A very disappointing rose for me. It arrived in August 2012 from Vintage, and while it has gotten quite large (a good 10'+), it is a once bloomer only here. And I really mean once--only ONE flower in all this time. Not a single flower in 2014.:( It's next door neighbors are R. californica plena and R. pendulina, both of which bloomed well this year and are approximately the same age. All are on their own roots and fed/watered the same.

Reply #1 of 3 posted 14 OCT 14 by Robert Neil Rippetoe
Melissa, this one can be quite a shy bloomer until it settles in. Unfortunately it needs time and a lot of real estate to do so. Try a low nitrogen, high phosphate fertilizer.

I ultimately didn't have the space for it, but, the blossoms can be gorgeous.
Reply #2 of 3 posted 15 OCT 14 by Tessie
Thanks Robert! The lack of flowers did puzzle me, but if a need to settle in is its habit, I can wait. The spot I have it in, it can get as big as it likes. I'm pretty much a miser when it comes to fertilizer, only mild organics such as fish emulsion, and the roses are actually lucky to get fed anything at all. Sort of my version of earth kind trials.;) I have been adding various plants to my garden that are nitrogen-fixers however. Most of them are natives such as ceanothus, palo verde, and lotus. But I have Alba Odorata near a bauhinia tree. I wouldn't think the level of nitrogen it obtains from that tree is all that high though, and it doesn't seem to hinder the other roses in the area. R. arnoldiana 'khirgisia' is also nearby, and it seems to be loving that location and my neglect.

Reply #3 of 3 posted 15 OCT 14 by Robert Neil Rippetoe
Some of the other larger growing bracteata derivatives seem to do the same thing. 'Star Magic' was another that took it's sweet time. 'Fakir's Delight', 'Muriel', 'Pink Powderpuff', are other examples.
Discussion id : 47-250
most recent 2 AUG 10 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 2 AUG 10 by Cass
The petal count is intriguing. The number of flower parts I can call a true petal is only around 20, while the total count of petaloids is around 70. Petals + petaloids = >90.
Discussion id : 20-245
most recent 9 JUL 07 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 9 JUL 07 by Cass
Like many modern hybrid bracteata's, Alba Odorata has very thin petals that ball easily and finish very badly in the garden, drying up into balls of brown tissue.
Discussion id : 13-016
most recent 21 AUG 06 SHOW ALL
Initial post 4 JUL 06 by Robert Neil Rippetoe
Appears to be the same as Alba Odorata
Reply #1 of 1 posted 21 AUG 06 by Cass's Garden With Roses
I agree that Robert has correctly identified "Musgrove Mill" as 'Alba Odorata.' All the parts match, including the tendency of the blooms to ball in my coastal climate.
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