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'The Mermaid' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 61-139
most recent 5 FEB 17 SHOW ALL
Initial post 18 JAN 12 by goncmg
Tried this 6a and did not survive in any manner even close to what it did in 9a, Chico, California. in Chico it grew 30 feet up an old walnut tree, covered itself in huge 6 inch blooms, foliage was glossy and bright..............more than once over a 6 year period people knocked on our door to ask what the rose was when in full bloom............a one of a kind, LIVED through winters in 6a but was so unlike what it was in a better fitting climate when it succomed to a 3b winter in 6a 88-89 we never replaced it...............if you live warm, if you have space, YOU MUST TRY THIS ONE. 90+ years old and has been talked about the whole time and for a reason...............but simply unable to perform as it needs to in a cold climate.............IF ANYONE HAS GROWN THIS 7a/b or 8a/b I would like to hear your comments............
Reply #1 of 1 posted 5 FEB 17 by JasonSims1984
I am going to try rosa bracteata, its parent, in 7a. I am reasonably certain that it will grow well here. I want to cross is with rugosa and cold hardy things to create a genuinely evil monster of a rose [in a good way]. Crossing bracteata with Golden Wings I hope will create a Mermaid that can devour houses in cold climates.
Discussion id : 68-881
most recent 19 DEC 12 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 19 DEC 12 by Jay-Jay
As for zone 6b this rose barely survived previous winters with snowcover, but didn't survive last.
I think it would be better to say zone 7b. (or even 8)
I heard from more people that had experience with Mermaid in the past. All the roses died during winters.
Most of the time: At first cane die-back and then the lethal blow next winter.
Reply #1 of 1 posted 19 DEC 12 by Lyn G
Hi Jay-Jay......

Thank you for sharing your experience. I've marked it as zone "7b" which is the warmer side of zone 7.

Discussion id : 64-477
most recent 24 MAY 12 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 23 MAY 12 by Jay-Jay
Alas all four Mermaids died last winter, no matter on own root or budded.
Temps as low as - 20° C, a lot of sun and no snow to cover the plants like previous winters.
I liked this rose in particular and hoped, it would grow up to the size of this-one:
And the one Kim pictured at The Huntington Library, San Marino, CA January 22. 2011 Covering a large, iron pergola. (no URL, for HMF doesn't accept more than one in comments)
Reply #1 of 2 posted 24 MAY 12 by Ozoldroser
My Mermaid is threatening to take over all its neighbours. Maybe the secret is a stone wall to keep it warm - that is if you get the plant taking off. I will have to search out a photo and post.
Reply #2 of 2 posted 24 MAY 12 by Jay-Jay
Thank You for Your suggestion, but that's not possible, alas!
I'll look forward to Your pictures.
Discussion id : 26-699
most recent 22 MAY 11 SHOW ALL
Initial post 24 MAY 08 by Cass
Does anyone have any experience growing Mermaid in USDA Zone 6 or lower, where winter temperatures are 0℉/-18℃ or colder?
Reply #1 of 4 posted 25 MAY 08 by Dave and Deb Boyd
A friend got one a few years ago and it didn't survive the first winter. Care for it was less than top notch that year (almost neglected) and it wasn't protected in winter. It was planted where it was exposed to prevailing wind. Cards were stacked against it but that is the only Mermaid I know of grown here in Montana, zone 4/5.

Reply #3 of 4 posted 25 MAY 08 by Cass
Thanks! I suspect that Zone 5 listed by a vendor is wishful thinking. I'm interested in anyone's experience trying to keep Mermaid alive and blooming in the colder zones. Alive and not blooming doesn't count.
Reply #2 of 4 posted 25 MAY 08 by Robert Neil Rippetoe
Mermaid is extremely good at coming back from the roots. I'll bet if someone could get it through the first Winter or two it would survive just fine.

Of course getting it to flower might be another story.
Reply #4 of 4 posted 22 MAY 11 by anonymous-684890
Mine was growing on own roots near the foundation of my house, and came back for 3 years and flowered. Shelburne, Vermont, Zone 4/5. It never got really big, so I dug it up this year and moved it to my parents' garden in NJ.
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