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'Dr. Robert Huey' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 119-278
most recent 8 days ago SHOW ALL
Initial post 13 days ago by Dewberry
If Dr. Huey were everblooming I’d want to plant it everywhere. I love this rose. I bet a lot of people have a sentimental attachment to this rose because of nostalgia for their childhood. It’s beautiful, and I have more memories of old houses and landscapes half wild than of well-trimmed gardens. Dr. Huey is free simplicity and innocence to me.
Reply #1 of 1 posted 8 days ago by Palustris
You would love New England in the Spring when the once blooming roses are at their best. In old neighborhoods almost every yard has a 'Dr. Huey' blooming profusely where the original rose scion died leaving the rootstock to happily thrive with abandon.
Discussion id : 99-105
most recent 16 AUG 17 SHOW ALL
Initial post 8 MAY 17 by Steven Cook
I moved into a renovated 90-year old house in Washington, DC in March. I was delighted to observe burgundy and green rose shoots sprouting up by the backyard fence. I speculate that it was there all along and landscapers tried to get rid of it but didn't get the roots. It's still got tender young foliage, even though its now about three feet tall, with five or six young canes. Not a hint of flower buds, but really strong growth.

I'm thinking it's probably Dr. Huey, but it seems like, even if it had been practically erased, it still should have flowers on it. The foliage and growth really is like that of a hybrid tea climber, with five leaflets and still that matte burgundy and blue-green color. Am I right that it may well be Dr. Huey, even though it's not blooming?
Reply #1 of 4 posted 8 MAY 17 by StrawChicago Alkaline clay 5a
Yes, it's Dr. Huey. In my zone 5a, there are lots of Dr.Huey take-over from cheap bare-roots (less than $5 each). Most of them don't have blooms, and the only one that blooms in the entire neighborhood of 400 houses: it was pruned short & fertilized well. But the house across the street has a hedge of non-blooming Dr.Huey, very messy for the past decade.
Reply #2 of 4 posted 10 AUG 17 by Steven Cook
I keep learning despite advancing age. Am I right that Dr. Huey blooms on old wood? If so, I'm looking forward to seeing blooms next year.
Reply #3 of 4 posted 10 AUG 17 by StrawChicago Alkaline clay 5a
Once-bloomer like Dr.Huey: They need to be pruned short RIGHT AFTER blooming, and NOT in spring-time. If we have a brutal zone 5a winter that kill them to the ground, then the new growth in spring will have flowers. But folks who don't prune Dr.Huey right after blooming, will get a messy tall bush with zero blooms in spring.
Reply #4 of 4 posted 16 AUG 17 by Steven Cook
I'm afraid that ship has sailed. But it didn't bloom this year, anyway. So maybe this year's growth will be next year's bloom. After that, I will do as you recommend. Thank you, Straw Chicago.
Discussion id : 94-142
most recent 30 JUL 16 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 29 JUL 16 by Give me caffeine
Saw something funny at the local market the other day. Someone was selling an un-named "local heritage rose". Climber. Small red flowers, once a year.

I didn't bother to tell them it was just one of the most common rootstocks globally, and had obviously survived when the scion had died. Probably should have.
Reply #1 of 2 posted 29 JUL 16 by Patricia Routley
Yes you should have. But kindly. Everybody has to start somewhere in learning about old roses. The first one I ever found was R. indica major and I thought it so beautiful I wrote to the Heritage Rose Journal about it.
Reply #2 of 2 posted 30 JUL 16 by Give me caffeine
Fair point. I'll tell them (nicely) next time I see them.

And to be fair, indica major is quite beautiful, as is Huey.
Discussion id : 81-947
most recent 15 JUL 16 SHOW ALL
Initial post 3 DEC 14 by Sambolingo
'Dr. Huey' is a nice rose. I did not dead-head it after its flush to see if hips formed. One solitary, small hip formed out of the dozens of flowers on the plant. When I eagerly opened up this hip recently, I found only one seed inside it. Despite this, I will try to germinate it, although that is exceedingly unlikely. Has anyone else had any experience with 'Dr. Huey' seeds?
Reply #1 of 4 posted 28 DEC 14 by Goclon, Jakub
Reply #2 of 4 posted 23 JUN 15 by Sambolingo
'Dr. Huey' surprised me and produced a whopping three hips this year.
Reply #3 of 4 posted 23 JUN 15 by Salix
A total of about 8 seeds, if you are lucky. Maybe a few will germinate!
Reply #4 of 4 posted 15 JUL 16 by Sambolingo
Nothing came of the 'Dr. Huey' seeds. Oh well!
I have been thinking recently, though, that since Dr. Huey is so BS prone, I don't think any self seedlings would be very useful/ enjoyable in humid middle TN.
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