I planted a band (about 1 year old rooted cutting) of about 10" from Rogue Valley Roses. It was planted next to my Errinerung An Brod from Palatine Nurseries
About 3 weeks now after planting, the plant had only 5 leaves left!! It got Blackspot that bad and I think something (rabbit?) might have eaten the very top. The remaining leaves are spotted and pathetic looking.
I am going to have to try using a fungicide on this plant because I just want to have it get established, and then if it suffers a little blackspot usually the plant will live I will not use fungicide once established.
The good news is even before spraying, I am seeing tiny swollen buds of growth along the stem.
I noticed that a lot of the bands I planted were not accustomed to my level of sunlight and browned a little, where before the burned leaves fell, new stronger growth began to replace it.
Hoping to save Paul Fontaine because the pictures of the flowers are amazing!
Edit: He came back strong within a month and is outpacing any losses to blackspot. Has sent out about a flower every 2 weeks, and I will take his cage away soon! And I only sprayed that once at the beginning to save its life. I am hoping it just will be stronger now that it adjusted to its new home.