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22 OCT 12
*** Growing near Houston, TX: sub tropical zone 9a. Mild winters, hot, extremely humid summers that last half the year. ***




Purchased from ARE March 2011.

June 2012- Growth remained at about 18 inches for all of 2011, scattered bloom. Large basals emerged in late Dec/jan 2012 and plant quickly grew to three feet. Current size is 6ft h x 2 ft w. I deadhead down to five feet pretty often, and the plant doesn't seem to mind that at all. Blooms its head off, largest flowers are in late fall, early "winter." My plant is very lanky and prone to leaning due to its width right now not being enough to support its height. I've thrown a few lines around the thickest canes to help it stand upright (and support against wind). I enjoy the fragrance and color changes of the blooms.

October 2012- Large chilli thrips invasion of the garden Aug 2012 did not really seem to bother Archduke Charles. It was cut back like almost everything else to 3.5 feet, and has recovered. Current size 5h x 4w.

July 2013- Chilli thrips season again, though so far it seems minor. Archduke Charles was pretty damaged, so I cut it back by two feet and new growth has come back clean.

Sept- Potted for upcoming move, but looks like it may die on me. Will definitely replace.

9/25/2013- Officially croaked. I took cuttings before digging the plant up in the first place, and several rooted (this rose roots very easily), so I still have an Archduke Charles. It will be a while before there are any flowers from these babies.
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5/24/2014 - Planted in new garden.

6/6/2019- I haven't made a report on this one in a long time, so I might as well get to it. Size is about 4h x 2w. I think it would be a bit bushier if it were in less shade, and in a less crowded spot (MFK needs regular pruning to keep her elbows out of the Duke's ears). I'm reluctant to try and move it, considering how that went last time, so I may take more cuttings and just add to the collection. This is a dependable rose for Houston's bay area, and one that I see planted in front of several historic houses in my neighborhood.
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