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'Tropicana' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 73-446
most recent 18 JUN 14 SHOW ALL
Initial post 9 AUG 13 by goncmg
I GIVE UP. Period and case closed. Blind shoots and now, yes, thick fluffy whipped cream MILDEW on the 2 Tropicanas and pretty much on nothing else.............I bought body bags, they were coddled and they GREW...........oh basal after basal, blind leading the blind.....I will forever salivate over the huge plants of this one, growing in total abandon by tenants renting the house, by the fast food purveyor, the shopping mall.................but although I guess I can GROW it, I simply cannot make Tropicana PERFORM for me............I have a blackspot free Soleil d'Or here in swampy summer Columbus, a Futura band that is 3 years old and is now 5 tall x 4 wide---literally a beast of a plant, Smoky and Vesper and Joseph's Coat are disease free, my 6 year old potted and coddled Double Delight is giving me fat basals out of the crusty old union, Mint Julep is a weed, Mojave gave me close to an exhibition bloom, 1839 Tea SAFRANO has NO disease at all and is shooting huge plum colored juicy stems packed with buds, Orange Parfait BLOOMS!!!! LOL LOL.............nothing else I can try, do or say! I do not speak African Violet, I do not speak Tulip and I think it is now proven once and for all I DO NOT SPEAK TROPICANA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Reply #1 of 1 posted 18 JUN 14 by Michael Garhart
Its plausible that you have a mutation. Its not uncommon for graftings to be taken from mutated plants.
Discussion id : 77-948
most recent 1 MAY 14 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 1 MAY 14 by cabin in the woods
Oregon, zone 8a, warm summers with some humidity and relatively mild winters. Many years ago I took care of a Tropicana bush for a few years. I was very inexperienced with rose care. It was a neglected bush in fairly bad shape. Careful spring pruning and some basic fertilizer brought much renewed vigor and made a beautiful bush - nice, plentiful foliage and lots of stunning roses. However, with the same care in following years, the bush declined significantly until it was in bad shape again. Since then I've learned through research and experience the mistakes I made in caring for the rose. I also found out that, on top of the problems 'Tropicana' can typically have, that particular bush had mosaic virus. For those who are unaware, it's a bad virus that significantly diminishes the vigor, health, blooms and life span of roses. The disease is not as prevalent as it used to be. However the virus is bred into them so I highly recommend buying only from very reputable rose growers.
Discussion id : 69-180
most recent 2 JAN 13 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 2 JAN 13 by davidmrqtt
I have found Tropicana to be very hardy and vigorous - it seems especially cold-hardy. It has good disease resistance. It is frequently described as fragarant, but mine depended on weather and season.
Discussion id : 9-876
most recent 16 OCT 12 SHOW ALL
Initial post 29 AUG 05 by smoner4
Does anyone have experience with this rose in the shade?
Reply #1 of 4 posted 7 SEP 05 by The Old Rosarian
Some beautiful old roses have become weak from constant propagation and Tropicana is one of them as now this rose is very prone to blacks spot ( unless you spray weekly) As most roses will complain in the shade and not grow well, I think you will find that Tropicana will not do well and be very prone to disease.
Reply #2 of 4 posted 26 NOV 09 by John Moody
Old Rosarian I totally agree and understand what you mean by over propagating. I had the good fortune to find a 35-40 year old Peace bush and was able to send budwood to Steve Singer and he sent me back 4 very lovely new "old" bushes. My Peace roses are so much better than the modern ones you find all over the place now that you might not even realize it is a Peace rose. The colors are much more intense as is the sweet fragrance and the disease resistance is 110% better. Even this year-2009-where blackspot was so rampant my Peace roses stayed almost completely clean and were just plain gorgeous. I also have a daughter of one of these four given to me by a friend who took budwood from my new "Old" bush and budded it to multiflora. This rose too is super as well.
Now the question is WHERE CAN I FIND A TROPICANA ROSE THAT HAS NOT BEEN PROPAGATED TO DEATH?? Has anyone here on HMF got a 25-30 year old Tropicana they would be willing to send budwood from so I can get a good bush of Tropicana?? I will gladly pay for all expenses and/or do some swapping if I currently grow something you would be interested in having???
Thanks so much,
John Moody
Reply #3 of 4 posted 15 OCT 12 by mtspace
I saw Tropicana in Somerset NJ in an AARS test garden, zone 6b. It grew a little to the west of a huge elm tree, a magnificent thing that probably cast shadow on Tropicana until about 10:00 or 11:00 each day. After that it had clear sky. My guess is that it had six or seven hours of sunlight at the peak of summer. In that garden where roses were pampered to within an inch of their lives, Tropicana was by far the worst looking hybrid tea rose: it was tall, spindly, touched by blackspot despite aggressive spraying protocols, partly defoliate, almost chlorotic: sad looking. The blossoms were faded and drab. By contrast, Peace, some eighty feet to the south and shaded by another tall elm tree by about the same amount looked great. Broadway, and Tiffany shared the same kind of light. Broadway did fine. Some years Tiffany did, too.

If I were to grow it, I'd give Tropicana as much light as possible. But I would not cut down a good elm tree to do it.
Reply #4 of 4 posted 16 OCT 12 by Lyn G

I inherited a Tropicana rose when I purchased my house. Mrs. J was in her 90s, so the rose had not had good care for many years. Yes, it is virused and is growing in nutrient poor soil. My guess is that this budded rose was planted shortly after it was introduced in 1962, which makes it about 50 years old.

With rejuvenation pruning over several years, the plant has come back to its full glory. It is a vigorous and productive rose with zero disease problems in my no spray garden in the mountains of northern California. I've posted a couple of photos to the Tropicana rose page on HMF.

The blooms stand up to the high summer temps and the rose has had no die back due to the cold temps in winter. It does get full sun all day in what I call my heat pit of a rose garden and simply thrives.

For me, this is a rose that requires normal watering and feeding and is virtually a no-care rose that just keeps on keeping on.

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