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most recent 30 JUN HIDE POSTS
 
Initial post 30 JUN by ratdogheads
I've grown Christian J in my zone 5b New Hampshire garden for three years. It's planted in full sun in acidic loamy soil. There was not much growth in the first two years, this spring it was about 2' tall. There was some tip die back over each winter but the crown and main structure of the shrub was ok. It has recently produced a basal cane that's growing quickly and is much taller than the rest of the bush.

The blooms are less plentiful than Darlow's Enigma, and they don't cluster as prettily. The petals suffer from sun damage, and don't drop. Overall the plant has a disheveled look. I think it might do better in the shade. It suffers from blackspot despite regular treatment with propiconazle, however I find that young, frail, low-growing roses are the most vulnerable to blackspot and sometime outgrow that susceptibility.
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most recent 30 JUN HIDE POSTS
 
Initial post 30 JUN by ratdogheads
I planted Bukavu in my zone 5b, New Hampshire garden in spring 2018, in a location that gets mostly afternoon, semi-shaded sun. In the first year it produced a couple of long canes, about 3-4' which grew more laterally than up right. There was virtually no cane loss over the first winter. It had no winter protection and sporadic snow cover. This year it looks healthy and has been a heavy bloomer. Blooms have good substance and remain fresh looking for several days.
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most recent 26 JUN HIDE POSTS
 
Initial post 26 JUN by ratdogheads
Regarding hardiness, I've grown this for 3 years in zone 5b in New Hampshire and it's doing well so far. It was a free rose band, rated for z 6, but for free I figured it was worth a try. It was tiny to start and slow to establish. I don't winter protect, but being less than a foot high it got pretty good protection from snow cover and there was no cane damage. Now in its third season it's finally putting on some height, looking healthy and pushing out blooms.
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most recent 26 JAN HIDE POSTS
 
Initial post 26 JAN by ratdogheads
Available from - High Country Roses
http://www.highcountryroses.com
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