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'Pookah' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 121-083
most recent 23 APR 20 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 23 APR 20 by mmanners
I wonder if we might update and do a bit of correction on the history of this rose. Jim Delahanty registered and introduced this rose in the USA, and we can all be grateful for that! But I don’t believe Jim ever claimed to have been the “breeder” of the rose (I notice in the Member Comments here, that he said "I haven't a clue as to the breeding lines") Actually, it has a longer and more international history: Jim received the rose long ago from India, via friends who got it from Mr. J P Agarwal of Friends Rosery, Lucknow. Mr. Agarwal had named it “China 65,” the name under which it is still grown in India (and likely should be listed as synonymous here). Mr. Agarwal originally imported it from the famed Fa Tee Nursery in Guangzhou, China, in 1965. I don’t know any more of its history before that. From the 1996 Friends Rosery Catalogue (text written by the son, Mr. Ashok Agarwal): "China 65. New. An introduction from China. An exceptional beauty in dwarf polyanthas. My father was simply mesmerized by its medium pink huge clusters of conical shape."
Reply #1 of 1 posted 23 APR 20 by Patricia Routley
Thank you Malcolm. File updated. Now we need is the name that the Fa Tee Nursery carried it under. It is a fascinating story of a now very well-travelled rose.
Discussion id : 85-077
most recent 20 MAY 15 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 20 MAY 15 by scvirginia
I was given a small, own-root plant of 'Pookah' earlier this year, and it is already about 4' tall; I believe that Kim Rupert has said that his was even taller, so the description of 12-18" should be updated. Unfortunately, I don't yet know how tall it may get...

It is clean, it blooms a lot and is a wonderful plant.
Discussion id : 81-615
most recent 11 NOV 14 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 11 NOV 14 by SoCal Coastal Rosarian
The late Jim Delahanty's gift to rosedom. Bloom production is extraordinary. In our coastal climate bloom production is continuous. I have never seen a rose which blooms as much. Furthermore the blooms last for a significant length of time. The plant is rounded and attractive. Excellent show rose. So far I have not seen any mildew or rust. My plants came from Burlington Nursery.
Discussion id : 50-286
most recent 19 FEB 11 SHOW ALL
Initial post 3 DEC 10 by Don H
Jim, how does Pookah do as a breeder?

I notice the parentage is not listed, is that because you simply don't know what it is? Looks suspiciously musk-like.
Reply #1 of 1 posted 19 FEB 11 by Jim Delahanty
I haven't a clue as to the breeding lines. It does set hips, so it may be utile for breeding purposes, but they are very small. The similarity of the rose to one of the multiflora species--adenochaeta has been noted.
I am sorry not to answer this before, but I just came across it.
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