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'Indigo' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 132-976
most recent 22 MAY HIDE POSTS
Initial post 22 MAY by eihblin
Mine is terrible about sending out suckers. I bought it grafted, but it seems to have gone own-root...
Discussion id : 128-535
most recent 21 APR SHOW ALL
Initial post 20 JUL 21 by Nola Z5a WI
High Country Roses lists Indigo as zone 4. I'll be planting it this fall in z5a. The reason I post the comment that High Country Roses states zone 4 is so that people who live in colder climates can decide if they want to chance it. The Advanced Search tool won't be as helpful to me and other cold rose growers if roses are in the z6-9 (default), as roses listed in the z6-9 won't show if I do a search for zone 5a. I do grow z6 roses because I winter protect with mulch and haven't lost any, must be a micro climate? I realize that growers want to sell roses so may state the rose will grow in a colder climate, so far, not a problem in my garden. Several members comment that they grow it in zone 5. I will update if it fails.
Reply #1 of 4 posted 21 JUL 21 by Nastarana
It grows well for me in zone 5, upstate NY. One caution, for me it was a slow starter, but I have it in a partly shaded area. It does fine left on its own now, but might need TLC the first year or two.
Reply #2 of 4 posted 21 JUL 21 by Nola Z5a WI
May I ask how long you've had it planted? What size it is and how frequently it blooms? Do you winter protect? Thanks!
Reply #3 of 4 posted 22 JUL 21 by Nastarana
I have had it about 8 or 9 years now. I do not winter protect Portlands, albas or rugosas. Indigo is far less prone to leaf browning, known as "Damask crud"; than many of the others of the Portland group. Size in a partly shaded location: it grows tall and narrow but I think that is because it is reaching for light. I suspect it would make a nice small to medium sized bush with more sunlight.
Reply #4 of 4 posted 21 APR by OGRfairy
Thank you for sharing this information! I am also in Z5a in NE WI. How did she do this winter?
Discussion id : 131-548
most recent 4 FEB HIDE POSTS
Initial post 4 FEB by Marlorena
''Laffay, France c 1830
Good upright bushes with smooth long leaves of good green. Hispid Hep. This is a spectacular rich, dark purple rose, with expanded shape, flushed with dark crimson, showing a few stamens, and occasionally a white streak or mark. Warm scent. Fine display at midsummer and again later. Perhaps the richest and most effective of dark purple roses. 4 feet.''
The Graham Stuart Thomas Rose Book, published 1994.

Of course he would not have seen 'Munstead Wood' when he wrote the above.

UK applicable..
Reply #1 of 1 posted 4 FEB by Patricia Routley
Thanks Marlorena. Reference added.
Discussion id : 54-215
most recent 12 NOV 19 SHOW ALL
Initial post 15 MAY 11 by Greg2213
We had a tough winter here in Spokane, WA. We have nearly 100 roses, many of which died back to the ground, or very close. Indigo was the only rose which survived untouched. We're looking forward to the blooms.

Update: Spokane is a zone 5b,

Update 6/16/13: We dug it up and moved it last year, in Aug. I think. From a part shade to a full sun spot. Trimmed the canes and everything. This spring it started doing it's thing, hardly missing a beat, and has lots of blooms right now. About the only thing it seems to do during our winters is nap, scoffing at the cold. Then it wakes up and gets back to work.
Reply #1 of 3 posted 15 MAY 11 by HMF Admin
Great experience to share - thank you.
Reply #2 of 3 posted 16 JUN 13 by ReemAroundRoses

I live in Seattle. Your review of the Indigo rose has definitely helped me in making my decision to purchase this rose.

Thank you for sharing your experience. It really helps novices like me in selection of roses that will thrive in our 8a climate zone.

Best regards,
Reply #3 of 3 posted 12 NOV 19 by Nola Z5a WI
Thank you for your review. I purchased this (z5a) for spring 2020 because of your glowing report!
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