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Robert Neil Rippetoe
most recent 3 SEP HIDE POSTS
Initial post 3 SEP by connon
Softee just loves the heat! I have mine in all day sun with southern exposure. We are one week into our first triple digit heatwave in Southern California and Softee didn’t break stride. I cut a spray of fresh roses for the vase this morning and the blooms were perfect. Mine gets lots of water because it is in the same drip zone as my annuals and the smart Rachio irrigation controller (gets weather reports from internet) waters annuals every day or every other day in the heat of summer. It blooms in flushes with only about a week pause in between and each flush last about 4 weeks. Very floriferous! Completely thornless. Perfect disease resistant foliage, although we don’t get blackspot, rust and powdery mildew can be problematic. Beautiful mounding shrub. Only thing it lacks is scent.
Reply #1 of 1 posted 3 SEP by Robert Neil Rippetoe
most recent 29 AUG HIDE POSTS
Initial post 27 AUG by Duchesse
Has anyone done any planned shaping for this rose? I have a 1 year old specimen. It has shown hints of what it is capable of with a couple of vines 3 m long. I am considering winding around a column of wire or star pickets and allowing it to go around and around before it goes up higher. Experiences anyone?
Reply #1 of 6 posted 27 AUG by Robert Neil Rippetoe
I would avoid letting it go to ground. It roots easily. Winding it around a pillar is one way to try to keep it in bounds.
Reply #2 of 6 posted 28 AUG by Johno
While never having grown the rose I suspect it is too vigorous to be grown as a pillar based on the Adelaide roses seen in gardens.
Reply #3 of 6 posted 29 AUG by Robert Neil Rippetoe
I had it around a Palm trunk. It worked but replaced it with a repeater.
Reply #5 of 6 posted 29 AUG by Duchesse
good idea!
Reply #4 of 6 posted 29 AUG by Duchesse
yes, the star picket pillar is only the first step, just buying time until I can put up higher stable trellis
Reply #6 of 6 posted 29 AUG by Duchesse
most recent 21 AUG HIDE POSTS
Initial post 21 AUG by viscount89
So far so good. Extremely disease resistant, heat tolerant, and an excellent repeat bloomer.
Reply #1 of 1 posted 21 AUG by Robert Neil Rippetoe
Sadly it mildewed here. I let it go.
most recent 18 AUG HIDE POSTS
Initial post 18 AUG by BenT_TX
Most dissapointing addition to the garden, probably the worst of 120 varieties I planted this year. Seems to have a really difficult time with hot weather, growth isn’t even ‘half mast, much less Full Sail. For the last few months , Full Sail has only been able to produce the tiniest of poorly formed leaves on the thinnest of stems, and no blooms. This is in contrast to the spring foliage which is huge glossy and healthy. I have PJPII next to Full Sail, and PJP is on its 3rd flush full of huge lush gorgeous white blooms. I will probably replace Full Sail with another PJP or Bolero, which both do terrific here (inland hot/dry NorCal).
Reply #1 of 3 posted 18 AUG by Robert Neil Rippetoe
Yes, poor heat tolerance IS a problem with 'New Zealand', and sadly some of it's offspring.
Reply #2 of 3 posted 18 AUG by Kathy Strong
Not to mention that lighter sports of a rose that was originally darker are almost always less vigorous than the original. I am no geneticist, but it seems that whatever it is that lightens the color also lightens the vigor of the rose in general.
Reply #3 of 3 posted 18 AUG by BenT_TX
Thank you. I had heard about New Zealand’s offspring being heat intolerant, but since this variety was so popular at the local nursery I had hoped the variety bucked the trend. I guess perhaps they might just have had a big production overrun and landed all the extra plants in my area. I do have Neil Diamond, second generation New Zealand offspring through Rock&Roll that has performed extremely well in hot humid Texas and hot dry inland California.
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