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'Sophy's Rose' Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 105-869
most recent 4 OCT 17 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 4 OCT 17 by mamabotanica
This beauty is in my zone 10 garden and is growing in it's first year with canes already 4 ft tall! Any idea if an 5 ft 9" diameter obelisk would be big enough or if I should get the 7 ft 15 inch diameter one?
Discussion id : 81-088
most recent 16 OCT 14 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 16 OCT 14 by cjrosaphile
This rose performed well for me. However, it has no fragrance that I can discern which is the major reason I no longer have it.
Discussion id : 67-468
most recent 11 OCT 12 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 11 OCT 12 by mtspace
I grew Sophy's Rose in a zone 6b garden in New Jersey where virtually every hybrid tea rose died in its first year thanks to blackspot. Six were planted at the drip-line of a twenty-five foot tall cedar - north and a bit east of the tree. They got perhaps four hours of direct sunlight per day. Most of the time the soil was pretty dry: too dry for Super Excelsa to grow, for example. I lost some heuchera there, too. And Mary Rose would not bloom there. The roses bloomed generously each spring and repeated reliably in fall when most "remontant" roses did not. In the decade I lived with them, I cannot remember seeing them suffer from any blackspot infection. Except for planting roses beyond their cold hardiness range, I don't think I've ever grown a rose in a more challenging environment. If I had loved the color of the flower at every stage, Sophy's Rose would certainly be among my favorite roses.
Discussion id : 55-454
most recent 25 JUN 11 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 25 JUN 11 by anonymous-427487
I am in Appalachia with mild, wet summers and annual lows lately around +5 F. 'Sophy's Rose' has been tip-hardy.

The strong points of this rose include very heavy and very fast repeat, a dense, attractive, compact shrub habit, and unusual color. It is a very bright cerise red, somewhat purply in cloudy weather or after opening inside.

I get a strong, old-rose fragrance on rare occasions only; usually it is not fragrant to me, and others say the same. The flowers open and shatter quickly. It can be cut in tight bud with the sepals dropping--then it will open wide within 24 hours and keep in the open state for three days.

This variety is immune to some strains of blackspot but highly susceptible to at least one. I have seen it grown without spray, and it was clean for me for two seasons. Then the third season it defoliated by the end of the first flush.
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