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most recent 21 NOV 16 HIDE POSTS
 
Initial post 20 NOV 16 by SweetheartofJ
Please, can someone help me to get the buds to open? They are so heavy I know there's more substance in there but the petals are tightly woven in.
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Reply #1 of 2 posted 21 NOV 16 by Patricia Routley
You might just have to wait for a dryer atmosphere. Possibly the dew is (turning to glue?) and sealing the petals.
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Reply #2 of 2 posted 21 NOV 16 by SweetheartofJ
Perhaps I can cut them at a point and enjoy them in the house where it's dry? I shall try. Thank you for trying to explain.
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most recent 28 SEP 16 SHOW ALL
 
Initial post 7 SEP 11 by Organic Roses-Honeybee Garden
Umm, I felt very guilty but had to rate Crescendo as a tree rose. It is DISASTROUS! It tolerates heat very poorly and rebloom is only fair, it is also a thrips magnet in midsummer. It's ironic that as little as it reblooms, it immediately gets attacked, but thrips do love certain pale colored roses and seem to leave the striking, deeper colored roses alone. When I had its parent Gemini tree rose, it was always a fantastic rebloomer and the thrips were never such a problem. Gemini also tolerated heat very well! And note, the Crescendo tree rose is shielded with enough afternoon shade as well. Other tree roses I've had did fine with the hot summer sun exposure! They just do not tolerate 4+ weeks of non-stop rains. This time Crescendo was shielded from the rains so I cannot comment about its rain tolerance. Color was good for one Crescendo tree rose, the other Crescendo was not a very appealing cream-white and it held very little pink. However, I really liked the fragrance.
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Reply #1 of 4 posted 7 SEP 11 by Robert Neil Rippetoe
Too bad. In my experience 'New Zealand' and most of it's offspring fare poorly in hot weather.
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Reply #2 of 4 posted 20 SEP 11 by Organic Roses-Honeybee Garden
Thank you so much Robert for adding the importance of the parent lineage and its effects on the poor heat resistance factor. This will definitely help other people take note of why Crescendo can be a problem, especially with the exposed grafts as a standard / tree rose.
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Reply #3 of 4 posted 12 JUN 13 by jmile
I have a completely different experience with Crescendo----We just had 107 degree heat in Brentwood California---This rose didn't even flinch. I have 4 bushes and they are all in constant bloom. I do not spray and do not use commercial fertilizers and they do great. I just use alfalfa --- they are planted in an old horse pasture and get no shade at all.
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Reply #4 of 4 posted 28 SEP 16 by SweetheartofJ
I am very inexperienced with roses. Crescendo has made me want to grow more of them. I got her for $10 from JP mid-April (I didn't know that was very late for bare root planting here in CA). I even planted her in the part shade. She had made about 5 large pointed buds even there, slow to unfold, and then they lasted FOREVER on the bush. I mean very long, because Double Delight had 2 cycles of re-bloom and Crescendo was still in beautiful form, too fresh to deadhead. I moved her to the sun, wondering if she would perform better there and she holds up well in hot sun.! I can't smell a thing though. Her foliage is extremely healthy which is a stark contrast to Double Delight's. She is getting ready to bloom again even as I type this...just her foliage makes me smile! I think I definitely have the rose bug!
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most recent 5 SEP 16 HIDE POSTS
 
Initial post 5 SEP 16 by SweetheartofJ
I have never seen anything so beautiful
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most recent 5 SEP 16 HIDE POSTS
 
Initial post 5 SEP 16 by SweetheartofJ
This is sooo beautiful.
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