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'Gypsy' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 99-501
most recent 18 MAY 17 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 18 MAY 17 by Nastarana
I saw several of 'Gypsy' at Home Depot this week.

Any ideas how hardy it might be? I do like that orange red color, but $10. is a little more than I want to pay this late in the season for something to grow as an annual.
Reply #1 of 2 posted 18 MAY 17 by StrawChicago Alkaline clay 5a
I don't think it's hardy, NEVER see that at Cantigny rose park, zone 5a, nor Chicago Botanical Garden, zone 5b.
Reply #2 of 2 posted 18 MAY 17 by Nastarana
Thank you, Straw. I kind of doubt if it would survive winter in zone 5.
Discussion id : 94-772
most recent 16 SEP 16 SHOW ALL
Initial post 5 SEP 16 by Michael Garhart
A catalog contradicted this given parentage sequence, so I looked at the patent images. The US Patent says: Seed Parent: ((Happiness x Chrysler Imperial) x El Capitan) Pollen Parent: Comanche.
Reply #1 of 5 posted 13 SEP 16 by Patricia Routley
Thanks Michael. We've added details from the Patent.
Reply #2 of 5 posted 13 SEP 16 by Robert Neil Rippetoe
Patricia, the lineage posted is not as Michael qouted.

Should state.

Seed: (Happiness x Chrysler Imperial) x El Capitan)


Pollen: Commanche

Thanks, Robert
Reply #3 of 5 posted 15 SEP 16 by Patricia Routley
Thanks Robert. I think it is OK now.
Reply #4 of 5 posted 15 SEP 16 by Robert Neil Rippetoe
Looks good! Thanks, Robert
Reply #5 of 5 posted 16 SEP 16 by Michael Garhart
I just realized this parentage set would make Perfume Delight a half-sister of Gypsy.
Discussion id : 69-130
most recent 25 JUL 15 SHOW ALL
Initial post 31 DEC 12 by goncmg
Here's another one in my favorite color and from my favorite late mid-century time time pulls away from 1973 when this one took home an AARS, this one actually looks "better" now than it did then. In 1973, BIG BLOOMS and EXHIBITION FORM were the buzz words and on those terms Gypsy was a flop for the blooms are not huge and they sure are not formal. They are scalloped and the color is somewhere between Chinese Red and Oxblood Red and that color was already trending out/over-introduced by 1973. The plant is a little under-foliaged but the disease resistance is pretty good. Just so many of this color back in those days, this one, again came late and in my opinion, although "above average" should not have won the AARS in 1973 but had it been introduced even a few years earlier would have been much better received. Most assuredly is NOT the "joke" it was titled all those years ago...........and of interest to anyone who "likes" the color, or the era and/or the "sociological" aspect of rose marketing and how sometimes just being a little "ahead" gets a variety extremely far whereas being just a little "behind" deems the variety, well, a "joke" as per above............
Reply #1 of 5 posted 15 MAR 14 by Michael Garhart
The rating is absurd, but most ratings are. This rose grows like a weed for an older large-flowered rose. And unlike Tropicana, it doesn't have white foliage. Go figure. It is virtually scentless here, but its so easy to grow and maintain that it really does not matter that much. Prune, water, grow, and cut for inside. A simple rose with a lot of color.
Reply #2 of 5 posted 23 JUL 15 by Michael Garhart
Well, this oldie produced some nice seedlings. My friend LOVES this rose, and I told him I would germinate ANYTHING he tried. And, well, the seedlings are nice. This rose is sorely overlooked.
Reply #3 of 5 posted 25 JUL 15 by goncmg
I still don't have it and will try harder in 2016. May end up getting wood from Davis as Roses Unlimited never stocks it and I truly DO prefer budded. I also adore the variety and miss it sorely. Heck, I finally grow Candy Apple and have Cancun but still not Gypsy. Not since 2004 when I pulled a sad one out of a bin at Lowe's and it turned out to be the real deal (and I ended up moving out of that city, that condo, and left it). Michael: what types of seedlings did it produce? With what other parents? As Mom or Dad? I would love to know, please share!!!
Reply #4 of 5 posted 25 JUL 15 by Michael Garhart
He was using Impatient, even though I told him not to, lol. He likes it. I think its a BS birds nest of prickles.

Gypsy was highly dominant in color, form, substance, stems, and prickles.
Reply #5 of 5 posted 25 JUL 15 by Michael Garhart
Part of Gypsy's appeal, other than good vigor, substance, and "general health", is that there are so few large-flowered roses in this color. Most of them are miniatures, floribundas, or "flora-tea" types.

Uwe Seeler comes to mind. Fragrant Cloud is this color, but only when it is very cool out, and only for one day. Then it turns all sorts of odd tones. And then there is a very short list of others. And many of them are really mildew-prone, such as Holsteinperle, Lady Rose, and so on.

I think Uwe Seeler is the best of these, but it never became popular, probably because of the awkward name. It is mesmerizing to look at. A plant like Queen Elizabeth, but with more aesthetic foliage and bloom form.

But Gypsy is highly available, easy to grow, and the blooms are huge, sometimes 7" in the spring.
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