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most recent 20 SEP 16 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 20 SEP 16 by jim1961
Hello just wondering how your Plum Perfect rose bush did this year? (2016) Thank You!
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Initial post 5 SEP 15 by Rosecandy
How thorny is this rose?
Reply #1 of 6 posted 7 SEP 15 by Patricia Routley
A simple question. I would have thought someone who grew this rose might have answered.
In the absence of any other information, the patent for 'Shockwave' says:
The major stems bear some large prickles that are about 0.7 to about 1.0 cm in length. The large prickles are angled slightly downward with a moderately long narrow oval base;…. The major stem bears some small prickles of similar shape and coloration.

So, it has some big'uns and some small'uns.
Reply #2 of 6 posted 7 SEP 15 by Rosecandy
At least I know it has thorns, thank you! Does the patent say anything about the number of thorns? Hot Cocoa and Deep Secret had way to many for my liking, and I'd hate to get Shockwave to find out it has the same amount!
Reply #3 of 6 posted 8 SEP 15 by Patricia Routley
You are able to view the patent yourself. See the main page.
Reply #4 of 6 posted 5 MAR 16 by Michael Garhart
Not a lot really. A few, like 'Playboy' or 'Secret'. Not a ton. Pretty easy rose to prune and handle.
Reply #5 of 6 posted 6 MAR 16 by Rosecandy
Thank you all for your help!
Reply #6 of 6 posted 6 MAR 16 by Michael Garhart
Yeah! NP. It's a cute rose. Easy to grow for most places. I am sure its not great in some places, but its a great all-around yellow. I think for last year, it easily had over 100 blooms. It blooms a lot for a compact rose. When it was hot in august, I was lazy and just snapped the dead blooms off by hand, and it bloomed on its old stems easily. Usually I wouldn't do this, but its compact enough to do this and still look nice.
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Initial post 30 AUG 15 by Rosecandy
I love this rose! It's a beautiful plum color (that my camera just won't pick up) that starts that color and ends that color--in full sun! In my hot and humid Virginia weather this bush, a band planted in April, has been disease free. The mature leaves are a beautiful dark green color and are a nice backdrop to the blooms. If you want a no-thorn purple rose then this is not it. It has a decent number of thorns, though not as many as Hot Cocoa, Deep Secret, or Kashmir. In my opinion, the thorns that it has are worth it for the bloom and leaf color and disease resistance. It really doesn't require a lot of maintenance either, so the thorns haven't gotten in my way. I can't wait to see what changes it makes when it's more mature next year!

P.S. Another great rose purple rose that I recommend is Poseidon, which has also been disease free. Poseidon is closer to lavender in color, whereas Plum Perfect is closer to, well, plum. Both roses retain their color very well in full sun (they start out their correct color and retain that color, or something close to it). Neither rose fades much.
Reply #1 of 7 posted 26 SEP 15 by cole
How is the fragrance with this rose?
Reply #2 of 7 posted 26 SEP 15 by Rosecandy
I love the fragrance, but I don't remember it well right now. My roses have all been putting on buds and I'm waiting for an explosion of blooms. I'll do my best to describe the fragrance when it does bloom (though admittedly, description is not my strong point...especially on scent).
Reply #3 of 7 posted 26 SEP 15 by cole
No problem - thanks for you quick response! I'm thinking of purchasing this rose next year for container planting. How wide/tall does it get for you?
Reply #4 of 7 posted 26 SEP 15 by Rosecandy
My rose is less than a year old, planted as a band in April. My research indicates that it grows 3-3.5 foot tall and wide. I highly recommend you try this rose--if it ends up not doing well in a pot, I'm sure you can find a volunteer to plant it in their garden!
Reply #5 of 7 posted 5 DEC 15 by Rosecandy
Hello again! Sorry for taking so long to really answer your question on scent. Anyway, I've smelled a few blooms since you first asked, and I was surprised at how little scent they had. I could smell a very light, rose-petal scent, but I had to really stick my nose in there to smell it. It was pleasant, but not strong. I didn't think to bring a bloom in for the rest of the family to sniff, so I don't know if it's just me. Poseidon has a great scent, though, and has also proven disease resistant. It is, however, a different color and it's blooms are damaged a little by rain.
Reply #6 of 7 posted 6 DEC 15 by cole
No problem - thanks for the follow up. I'm still planning on getting Plum Perfect for a container, it seems like a great rose, love the color!
Reply #7 of 7 posted 6 DEC 15 by Rosecandy
It IS a great rose--and it's even prettier in person! I think you'll be happy with it ^_^
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Initial post 22 JUN 12 by Rupert, Kim L.
Has anyone else noticed there plant of First Impression is virtually without prickles? Mine is an own root and has ZERO prickles on it anywhere. Very quick repeat, very healthy and heat resistant, too.
Reply #1 of 3 posted 7 SEP 12 by Kit
I have one with exactly one large thorn, as wicked as any could be but beyond lonesome; and mine by the way is just as fragrant as Sunsprite, ya'ani (ie) - evanescently to unreliably but occasionally fantastic.
Reply #2 of 3 posted 6 AUG 15 by Salix
Is the fragrance heat-dependent (more or less fragrant when it is warm/cool), like some other yellow?
Reply #3 of 3 posted 1 SEP 15 by Rosecandy
Mine has thorns. Not as many as most of my roses, but a decent amount. I bought this rose hoping it would be thorn-free, but it's not :(. It is VERY healthy though, and always blooming! Well worth it ^_^
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