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'Love' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 114-086
most recent 17 NOV 18 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 17 NOV 18 by Planetrj (zone 11b/H2 pH 5.8)
Beautiful dark chocolatey canes set off these stunning flowers. I've grown the Love rose on Own Root and Multiflora stock. I have noted that the Own Root bush in my Acid Hawaiian soil, the fragrance is very spicy (somewhat like Paradise), but with a light myrrh undertone. The humidity certainly helps carry this fragrance. In Dry SoCal, this multiflora grafted exhibits Zero scent. So, my suggestion if scent is highly desired for your Love Rose, then try growing it Own Root in Acid Soil (mine is around pH 5.6-5.8). Humidity would certainly assist, since it's just medium fragrant (level 4 out of 10) in these conditions. It does quite well and retains it's tidy habits own root.
The own root doesn't BS at all with 70-80 degree warm summer rain, but does get a bit of BS in 45 degree cold SoCal wet winters.
Nevertheless, I would highly recommend Love for the sturdy growth, 4 days before it shatters, flower slowly unfurls (even in Hawaii) and unusual deep tone canes. However, growing out of the way of walkways and used as a backdrop behind annuals or a short retaining wall. Not recommended if you have small children or clumsy/active outdoor pets. It's LOADED with large dangerous thorns. Not for the novice for this reason. My personal rating: 7.9
Discussion id : 60-998
most recent 8 APR 18 SHOW ALL
Initial post 16 JAN 12 by goncmg
This rose was considere the "weak link" of the 3 it shared AARS with in 1980 (Honor and Cherish the other 2) but 30 years later it seems to be the most available if any are and in my opinion for good reason. It is a rose you will never mistake for anything grows bolt straight defies classification, I can make a case for it being HT, or FL or GR as it is............the wood is purple, the leaves are narrow, it is a great candidate for a huge mass planting because the variety lends itself to mass production, every plant is uniform, Columbus Park of Roses has a big healthy bed you can set a slide rule to in height and size every summer.............bicolors tend to be weaker, this one is rather reminds me of Mexicana but is better..........I never have detected any scent...............Redgold is an awful rose in my opinion, living in Chico, CA it was the only rose to get blackspot. We had to look up what bs was, in fact, because when it is 106 with -7% humidity bs just doesn't happen, well, with Redgold (and Jadis) it Redgold is a parent of this one is beyond me..............the un-recorded seedling is something I would like to know.........Perfecta seems to be involved it has purple wood, that is open for discussion re: unk seedling parent..............
Reply #1 of 3 posted 14 MAR 16 by Michael Garhart
I completely agree with you. The other two faded in time. One to massive mildew issues, and the other has poor vigor.

'Love' seems to be a consistent winner among novice gardeners. It does everything they want. It isn't huge. It stands out. It blooms a lot. It can be cut for the kitchen table. And the form, "looks like florists."

Love was bred from 'Redgold', which was among the first roses to breed for mildew resistance. A plague of for red roses before the 1980s. 'Love' was among the first reds to not be plagued by it. I am sure it can get blackspot, but nothing major that I have noticed.

The only thing I personally dislike about it is that the red can go pink with age. But it isn't a terrible thing.
Reply #2 of 3 posted 8 APR 18 by drossb1986
It's shocking this is a child of Redgold, and I hated Love at first, but it really is a good rose. Ok, so it fades bad, but it is just a simple, easy-to-love rose. It's not fussy. It blooms nicely. It has a perfect, classic shape. The blooms last a long time on the bush. It's a tidy grower. I recommend this one to anyone that's just starting out in roses.
Reply #3 of 3 posted 8 APR 18 by goncmg
Really IS shocking it is a child of Redgold. I have never really believed that. Warriner never used Redgold for anything else, wasn't a big user of any foreign varieties in his breeding, etc............Love was HATED when it came out. Cherish was the WINNER there. So odd. So odd that Cherish isn't somehow related to Redgold as they both will blackspot in Palm Springs in July.............Love has one trait that I have never seen in another rose: all the plants grow the same. There is a now almost 40 year old bed of Love in the Columbus Park of Roses and year after year, decade after decade, that ONE bed----LOVE---always looks the same. Hard winter? Mild winter? Each and every plant is always the same. So rare. Really rare. May be just that bed in that garden except I have heard and read the same from others....Love is just very uniform, very dutiful..........
Discussion id : 109-109
most recent 9 MAR 18 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 8 MAR 18 by Plazbo
I found a post on a forum that said this rose has fragrant foliage, can anyone with the rose confirm?
Reply #1 of 2 posted 9 MAR 18 by Patricia Routley
Nothing is mentioned about fragrant foliage in the Patent.
Reply #2 of 2 posted 9 MAR 18 by Plazbo

in there you'll see the mention of it.

It's just odd, if it has scented foliage but only one person has ever mentioned it, makes me doubt the accuracy but at the same time why would anyone make that up so figured I'd see I'd check if anyone else could offer information.
Discussion id : 94-650
most recent 24 MAY 17 SHOW ALL
Initial post 30 AUG 16 by drossb1986
I think Love is an overrated rose for the most part and I'm not exactly sure why it's so widely available. It's not necessarily a bad rose, it's just not that great. The one exceptional thing about the bush itself as it has proven to be disease resistant for me and has a nice growth shape. The foliage is somewhat small, the roses are small too, the color is a bit washed out and faded for my's a rose that you could plant 20 of and never really pay much attention to. Nobody is going to be see Love and rave about its beauty, it's just kinda...there. It's like a Toyota Camry of the rose garden. It's not exceptional and it's not bad, it just grows and exists.

2017 Spring Update: The first blooms on Love this year are massive. They look like a camellia or a cabbage. They lack that high-centered, reflexed petaled look you associate with Love. In the Texas heat they shrink in the summer to something the size of a miniature rose. As my Love bush was a bit of a rescue, my review from last year may have been a bit harsh as it has really taken off this spring. It's also been very clean with no real fungal issues. I still think it washes out quickly, but for the first day or so it's very attractive. I also find the stems interesting as they are typically very red in color. It makes the bush have a unique look about it.
Reply #1 of 2 posted 30 AUG 16 by Nastarana
In zone 5, Love just plain does not grow.

In general, I cannot get American HTs to grow at all here. No Radiance, alas.

The late Kordes HTs do very well. The Tantau HTs, which I love for their stunning colors, not quite so well but they do survive with protection in winter.
Reply #2 of 2 posted 24 MAY 17 by StrawChicago Alkaline clay 5a
Love is fabulous at both local rose-parks, zone 5a and 5b, for the past decade. Cantigny park, zone 5a, has alkaline clay like mine, and Love did well for them. Chicago Botanical Garden has loamy & alkaline soil, and Love is also vigorous there. Hybrid teas here are grafted on Dr. Huey-rootstock (prefers alkaline).
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