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'Polka ™' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 132-256
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Discussion id : 112-511
most recent 21 NOV 18 SHOW ALL
Initial post 2 AUG 18 by 1
Most of Meilland codes ending with "sar" are climbing mutations. Only a few exceptions (Papa Meilland is one). So the likelihood of the unknown portion of the lineage of Polka is probably a climbing sport of a known rose. There have been known to be translation errors in Meilland codes over the decades, and Meilland has used Cl. Bettina (MEIpalsar) for other climbers, so its suspect to me at this point.

Edit: I did searching for no reason. The answer is right here in the US Patent:

"The female parent (i.e., the seed parent) was the product of the pollination of the Meipalsar variety (non-patented in the United States) and the Golden Showers variety (U.S. Plant Pat. No. 1,557). The male parent (i.e., the pollen parent) of the new variety was the Light Konigin Lucia variety (non-patented in the United States). The parentage of the new variety can be summarized as follows:

(Meipalsar×Golden Showers)×Licht Konigin Lucia."
Reply #1 of 6 posted 19 NOV 18 by Jay-Jay
The parentage is shown on the description page, but there is written Meipaisar instead of Meipalsar. Maybe a typo or forgotten to put glasses on?
Reply #2 of 6 posted 19 NOV 18 by Patricia Routley
Definitely forgot the glasses. Now fixed. Many thanks to you both.
Reply #3 of 6 posted 20 NOV 18 by 1

I just noticed a typo for Cl. Bettina. It says 'Mepalsar', instead of 'Meipalsar', so the lineage for Polka isnt connecting.
Reply #4 of 6 posted 20 NOV 18 by Jay-Jay
Extracted from:

Botanische naam: Rosa 'Meipalsar' (Climbing Bettina)
Geslacht: Rosa
Groep: Trosbloemige Klimmer Groep (Klimroos)
Synoniemen: Rosa Climbing Bettina , Rosa 'Grimpant Bettina' , Rosa 'Mepalsar'
Familie: Rosaceae (Rozenfamilie)

I wrote to Meilland too via their contact-form, which name is the right-one for Bettina Cl.
Reply #5 of 6 posted 20 NOV 18 by Alain Meilland
The orignal variety is BETTINA® Mepal (without the i of Mei)
The Climber mutation of BETTINA® Mepal was registered under the varietal name Meipalsar (with the i of Mei)
Don't ask me why, I wasn't born ;)
Best regards
Matthias Meilland
Reply #6 of 6 posted 21 NOV 18 by Patricia Routley
Thank you Matthias.
Discussion id : 6-640
most recent 2 AUG 17 SHOW ALL
Initial post 12 JUL 04 by Annie11
I've had Polka for three years and love it! It has minimal tip dieback in my zone 5 midwest garden. Blooms are beautiful and have a light fruity smell. They last long in a vase too! Highly recommended!
Reply #1 of 2 posted 1 AUG 17 by StrawChicago Alkaline clay 5a
Thanks for the info. on vase life.
Reply #2 of 2 posted 2 AUG 17 by Nastarana
How big does the bush grow for you?
Discussion id : 54-920
most recent 20 MAY 17 SHOW ALL
Initial post 7 JUN 11 by Gagnon98
Finally, Polka has been growing in my yard for now three seasons. Last year I did prop it up, using my very poor carpentry skills to fashion together a trellis of sorts. Well, the horrendous winter in Southern New England wreaked havoc on my poorly constructed trellis but did nothing to thwart the growth of Polka. It now has many long 8' arching canes. This year the entire bush is covered with laterals and at this point in early June, there are many dozens of rose buds on the bush. I cannot wait to see the initial display and report back how well it repeats throughout the summer season.
Reply #1 of 12 posted 7 JUN 11 by Jay-Jay
Would You please upload some pictures of it in due time, when it is fully blooming?
I have a Polka Cl. too; it is now one year after planting. At my place it had some cane die-back after the winter. buds are slightly opening, but Yours must become an awesome sight!
Reply #2 of 12 posted 8 JUN 11 by Gagnon98
Yes, I will. The first buds are about to open. Interesting you have die back. We've had a few winters with 0F to -5F and no die back but it's also against the south side of the house. That will make a big difference. By the way, I saw some of your pics. Your yard is spectacular.
Reply #3 of 12 posted 8 JUN 11 by Jay-Jay
Thank You Gagnon98, for Your compliment about our garden and Your promise to post some pictures of Your rose! (By the way, this rose isn't mentioned at Your Plants Grown list)
About the cane die-back, this year we had a long time of frost with drying eastern winds from the continent and a lot of sun, without snow to cover the roses. Maybe it also was because of the cold metal of the fence.
Crépuscule had some die-back too and a few HT's completely died.
Others thrived well and are flowering already. The drive-way is an explosion of flowers and colours, because of the climbers!
Reply #4 of 12 posted 11 JUN 11 by Gagnon98
I have now posted a small group of pictures of roses from around the yard, including Polka. It is just now breaking bud. I have also updated and revised my plants grown list. I have three unidentified roses growing as well.
Reply #5 of 12 posted 11 JUN 11 by Jay-Jay
Thank You, I'll take a look.
At my place some flowers of the Polka Cl. have opened.
Reply #6 of 12 posted 11 JUN 11 by Gagnon98
Finally, a decent photo
Reply #7 of 12 posted 11 JUN 11 by HMF Admin
It would be better if these photos were uploaded to this plant's Photos tab instead of attached to a comment as they're likely to be missed unless someone happens to check the Comments tab and these are particularly good photos.
Reply #8 of 12 posted 11 JUN 11 by Jay-Jay
Thank you for the compliment! Mine is uploaded there too! it's the turn to Gagnon98.
Reply #9 of 12 posted 12 JUN 11 by Gagnon98
Thank you........mine is uploaded now as well.
Reply #10 of 12 posted 20 MAY 17 by StrawChicago Alkaline clay 5a
Jay-jay: your picture is so nice .. But the thorns !!
Reply #11 of 12 posted 20 MAY 17 by Jay-Jay
What about the thorns? They are a wonderful asset of this rose and they remind me of a Stegosaurus!
Those prickles aren't hooked, so they do not grab one.
Reply #12 of 12 posted 20 MAY 17 by StrawChicago Alkaline clay 5a
You are right that those thorns are huge, but actually safer than the tiny thistle that get stuck in skin. Liv Tyler has big thorns like that, but I never get poked by Liv. I did get poked badly by Marie Pavie (supposedly to be thornless), but there's nasty tiny prickles at the base that surprised me.
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