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'Ferdinand Pichard' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 17-912
most recent 8 SEP 11 SHOW ALL
 
Initial post 11 APR 07 by CynthiainIllinois
I just ordered this rose. I am in zone 5a, near Chicago. Any idea how large I can expect it to get? I really hope I will be able to peg it or attach it to a trellis.
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Reply #1 of 2 posted 18 JUL 07 by 7Heavens
How is your Ferdinand Pichard doing? I like mine very much. It's is small, but it's in a container. I live in Santa Cruz CA, the fog is hard on some roses, but he seems happy enough here.
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Reply #2 of 2 posted 8 SEP 11 by Organic Roses-Honeybee Garden
Wow, I am floored and so jealous, I really, really wanted my Ferdinand Pichard to grow well, but it may not even make it past its first season. It was such a gorgeous band in spring and early summer and seemed to rebloom wonderfully, but once the blasting summer heat struck, I could not get any vitality out of it. I have to water it every single day or else it keeps shedding leaves.And I don't have time to do this. Too many roses to take care of so, once every other day is the best I can do. Thus, FP is constantly at a Naked state. Distant Drums is planted right next to FP and continues to send up fresh foliage, fresh leaves all the while FP sits there and croaks out on me! :( Distant Drums is far tinier of a plant and yet it can keep reblooming prolifically.

It's unfair for me to rate FP because it doesn't have a chance in heck in my garden climate as a band, but it's important to warn others that this is not a heat tolerant rose. But the fragrance is truly wonderful! Smells like damask and raspberries. I love the color too! But it only bloomed twice. When it started getting super hot late June, no more blooms.
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