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'William Shakespeare 2000 ™' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 129-235
most recent 3 OCT 21 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 1 OCT 21 by HeathRose
Can someone who has grown both roses compare this rose to Munstead Wood please? Just wondering if I really 'need' both!
Reply #1 of 3 posted 1 OCT 21 by Robert Neil Rippetoe
2000 was a weak grower for me. Munstead was not.
Reply #2 of 3 posted 2 OCT 21 by HeathRose
Hi Robert, thanks so much, that is interesting. Munstead Wood does have healthy thick stems for me.
Reply #3 of 3 posted 3 OCT 21 by Robert Neil Rippetoe
Health and vigor depend on many variables, like climate, choice of rootstock, and or growing own-root.

2000 was a better grower than Austin's original, 'William Shakespeare', but marketed over twenty years ago.

Austin is constantly working to improve introductions.
Discussion id : 121-340
most recent 22 JUL 21 SHOW ALL
Initial post 5 MAY 20 by geozte
I have an own root WS2000. The flowers on one stem are pink, unlike the others.
Reply #1 of 3 posted 5 MAY 20 by Patricia Routley
The grandmother, ‘Mary Rose’ went on to produce six sports. It looks like she is still exerting her influence. .
Reply #2 of 3 posted 6 MAY 20 by geozte
Thank you for the info.
So this is like it took the color from the grandmother (Mary Rose) and the number of petals from the mother (Dark Lady) :-)
Will this affect the plant? Can I propagate it?
Reply #3 of 3 posted 22 JUL 21 by sandsock (PNW 8a)
20 years it the patent, you can propagate it, but you need to use AUSromeo as the name is trademarked or copywritten on the red one, I guess you could name the sport Bill Shakes 21...haha Does it still have the same scent?
Discussion id : 53-719
most recent 4 SEP 20 SHOW ALL
Initial post 24 APR 11 by bungalow1056
My planting took a few years to take off but it has become a substantial shrub after 3 seasons. Our summers in NC are hot and humid so blackspot is sometimes an issue. WS 2000 just shrugs it off. With prevention, I've noticed a major decrease in any fungal issues. The listing describes a 4ft growth habit but mine has put out an 8ft cane that I cut back to 6ft with good results. Several new canes have shot up off the roots this spring. The fragrance on this guy is powerful and rich.
Reply #1 of 1 posted 4 SEP 20 by DLEverette_NC_Zone7b
I know it's been a while since this post, but I'm in NC as well and wanted to purchase this rose. Does it still regularly put out the long octopus canes for you? I have a spot where that might be useful in my garden.
Discussion id : 119-780
most recent 10 JAN 20 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 10 JAN 20 by jeffbee
it wins my heart.
It's not my favorite color, the deep purple red color.and it does not grow upright,so I had very low expectation on it.
but its bloom is so fragrant(old rose fragrance), and it's such a worker(do i use the correct word?) that it blooms continuously from august to late december.
one interesting phenomenon is that, when some flower buds of WC2000 first come out, it's short and round, and the undeveloped petals cannot even cover its flower core, which makes me mistake that the bud is a bad one and would not grow into a regular bloom. so i snipped alot of them.....but later i found out it's normal on WC2000, and the not-good-looking small buds can grow into good blooms.
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