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'Celestial' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 123-539
most recent 23 OCT 20 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 23 OCT 20 by thebig-bear
This rose has no listed progeny, and indeed in only one reference is there any mention of hips at all - I have certainly never seen any hip set on my plant. However, as the flowers looked so inviting this year (2020), and as I was in a mad pollinating phase back in May and June, I decided to try different roses' pollen on Celestial to see what might happen.

Most of my few crosses failed fairly early on after pollination, but one (using pollen from R. Gallica Officinalis), much to my surprise, successfully set and ripened, and I took the hip from the plant in September (see pics in the photos of the hip just before I removed it) and extracted the seed. There were 5 seed in total, 3 of which were definitely fertile using the water test, whilst the other two were not definitely infertile, so as this was such an unusual cross I planted all the seed together in one pot.

We will have to wait and see what happens, but as this cross has worked and produced viable seed, I'm going to try many more crosses on it next year using pollen from various different types, to see whether there is any pattern as to what will and will not work with Celestial when using it as a seed parent.

Edit, update as of 25/8/21 - 3 of the seed from this cross germinated, and two have survived so far. They seem pretty healthy, if somewhat lacking in vigour. We will see what they can achieve.
Discussion id : 14-187
most recent 23 SEP 06 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 23 SEP 06 by Unregistered Guest

I am trying to find an old white climbing rose that I remember from my childhood in Nicosia, Cyprus. It must have been planted in the early 1900's and its blossoms were very large and very fragrant and the petals were quite thick and reminded me of paper. It had beautiful egg-yolk yellow stamens. It was very hardy and had climbed and thrived on top of the tiled roof. A rose that reminds me of this white rose is a new rose called "Princess of Monaco" which is not a white rose. But the texture of the blooms and the their shape and the sort of fragrance are very similar to the one I am looking for. I will appreciate any suggestions.

Barbara Spyrou

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