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'Don Juan' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 69-331
most recent 23 FEB SHOW ALL
Initial post 8 JAN 13 by davidmrqtt
I know don Juan is supposed to be fragrant.... but for some reason the one I purchased has very little scent. What would cause this? bad genes? the weather? soil type?
Reply #1 of 4 posted 9 JAN 13 by Meryl
I found the same thing but the cause turned out to be my sense of smell. I have no difficulty appreciating the typical red-rose fragrance of roses like Mr Lincoln but my nose seems not to recognise some important chemical component of Don Juan's scent. The flowers of my Don Juan are highly perfumed according to some friends but very indifferent to my nose. Just a suggestion. In your case, the cause may be quite otherwise.
Reply #2 of 4 posted 9 JAN 13 by davidmrqtt
thanks for the reply. I also heard "climate change" is causing roses to not be as fragrant as in past decades. who knows for sure?
Reply #3 of 4 posted 10 JAN 13 by Kim Rupert
Being oils and alcohols, fragrance can often be undetectable, not only due to the individual nose's ability to perceive them, but also due to climatic conditions. Too hot, too dry, too windy, too cold or too wet and they may evaporate and blow away quickly, or not even evaporate at all. Like when you apply your cologne. Sometimes, you can smell it for hours. Others, it dissipates nearly immediately after you put it on. You might try cutting opening buds to bring indoors to fully open. In the house, the air is much more still than outdoors. Often, the humidity is higher unless you dehumdify it and it can be warmer than outdoors. This has often permitted "unscented" blooms to be appreciated for their scent. Gene Boerner, the famed breeder for J&P, often tested for fragrance in his seedlings by putting blooms under his hat on his head where they would be warm and humid. I grew Brown Velvet for years, never appreciating its scent, until a friend wrote to be brag on what a wonderful scent it had. I opened some indoors and found they did smell quite good. If you still can't smell them opened indoors and in other seasons, perhaps it is your sniffer, allergies or perhaps the effects of some medication you might be taking? Anti histamines knock out my sense of smell and much of my sense of taste. Then, there are some scents and tastes I am simply immune to. Tropicana has been touted for decades as having a rich scent of ripe raspberries, though it is "green and wet" to me. The scent of Tea in roses smells like clean Tupperware with Orthene, definitely not a desirable scent to my nose!
Reply #4 of 4 posted 23 FEB by Jackie13
I can smell the fragrance of Don Juan and Firefighter but absolutely no scent at all from the big reds, Papa Meilland, Mr. Lincoln, Oklahoma,Crimson Glory. So strange!
Discussion id : 126-341
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Initial post 11 MAR 21 by ParisRoseLady
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Initial post 31 DEC 18 by Nola Z5a WI
Heirloom Roses lists Don Juan Climber as zone 5 (-20° to -10°).
Discussion id : 107-215
most recent 29 DEC 17 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 29 DEC 17 by Unregistered Guest
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