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'Sunny Sky ®' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 166-466
most recent 21 MAR HIDE POSTS
Initial post 21 MAR by Michael Garhart
Just shovel pruned this one.

It is way larger than I had assumed it would be. Very vigorous, VERY prickly. Blooms are way too small for the stems. I would label this one, personally, as a grandi. Look at the photos of a mature plant like John Paloy has. It makes massive candelabras when it matures.

I was okay living with the color fade, and while it was healthy, the bloom size to plant ratio is absurd, and pruning it is no fairy tale. Last, the form is neither here nor there. If it were not for the opening stages, I would consider the blooms mostly formless.
Discussion id : 131-397
most recent 23 AUG 22 SHOW ALL
Initial post 24 JAN 22 by Plazbo
Can anyone comment on it's hip set? ie will most flowers form a hip? rough seed count per hip?

There's just one photo of one hip which just doesn't quiet answer my questions
Reply #1 of 3 posted 24 JAN 22 by Johno
I recently dead headed the rose and cannot recall any hip set. This rose has what I view as a serious fault. It tends to not self clean. You are left with an untidy mess of dried up petals and 'dieback' along the stalk to the last set of leaves.
Reply #2 of 3 posted 26 JAN 22 by Plazbo
Sounds like it's similar to Madame Anisette then (at least here)....doesn't really drop it's petals so light brown crispy globs remain. MA also doesn't really set hips OP but does decently when pollinated.
Reply #3 of 3 posted 23 AUG 22 by Philip_ATX
This rose has offspring. Mine appears to have set some hips, but too soon to say if they will have viable seed.
Discussion id : 129-594
most recent 13 JAN 22 SHOW ALL
Initial post 7 NOV 21 by Carlene Gerette
Does anyone have experience growing this in the South Gulf coast area (like Houston?). A lot of roses are healthy in CA, OR and WA state, or up North or in Spain or the UK but are covered with black spot and diseased/die in my garden, due to the higher humidity and months of triple digit weather in the summer (heat index of 106+) Thanks!
Reply #1 of 2 posted 13 JAN 22 by Philip_ATX
I am in Austin, and so far so good. I've been relatively impressed with this one, own root. We aren't quite as wet as you, but still have high BS pressures. My soil, on the other hand, would be nothing like the heavy Houston gumbo-soil, so cannot opine on that, and due to our heat, I do encourage summer dormancy, so I cannot really weigh in on speed of rebloom either. (My immediate impression *might* be that its flower-power could be a little stronger, but she has not been in the ground for a full year yet, and Kordes' roses, particularly own-root, tend to take a little time to settle in.)

Honestly, I cannot understand the mediocre member ratings. This is a strong plant for me, and I anticipate good performance from her. The only thing I can figure is that those reviews come from folks out west where rust is an issue (Kordes' site,, concedes moderate susceptibility to rust) or who have not given it time to settle in.

I am no-spray, BTW. Very few plants can make the cut here. This one is not entirely immune to BS but powers through it. I have some Texas "Earth Kind" cultivars that fair much worse.
Reply #2 of 2 posted 13 JAN 22 by Carlene Gerette
Thank you
Discussion id : 129-673
most recent 13 JAN 22 SHOW ALL
Initial post 13 NOV 21 by Carlene Gerette
I just got this rose from Chamblees nursery a few days ago - I came out of my house this morning so far it appears to be healthy.
Reply #1 of 1 posted 13 JAN 22 by Philip_ATX
I just replied to your earlier post not having seen this one. I hope you are finding her to be a good plant in your area.
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