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'Gigi™' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 122-795
most recent 31 JUL 20 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 31 JUL 20 by HC
Purchased at big box, Christmas-time 2019. Little plant spent the rest of winter on a windowsill, maintained its leaves and sent up three baby canes. Went into the ground late spring after spending some time on the back porch potted up. Has had healthy growth and no issues with the worst aphid season we’ve ever had, putting on lots of good leaves and buds. Aged flowers with white edges take on a green tint, also especially noticeable on the reverse. For a tiny plant it has held its own, and I hope it survives winter.
Discussion id : 105-515
most recent 12 SEP 17 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 11 SEP 17 by Michael Garhart
Mine died last winter. Not very hardy. Well, I guess that is expected of a greenhouse mini lol.
Reply #1 of 3 posted 12 SEP 17 by sutekesh
I got rid of mine this year as well. It barely survived the winter and was plague by BS - two leaves on a twig! But I do have a couple of other greenhouse minis that have survived a couple of winters (zone 6a) in the garden. IMO it is always worth trying.
Reply #2 of 3 posted 12 SEP 17 by Michael Garhart
I don't mind a few $5 gambles a year, lol. It's like, "Well, WHOOPS. That was fun." haha. On rare occasions it pans out well. Usually not. As long as the $5 gambles arent trees. Had a relative that thought the clearance sale at Home Depot was a good idea. I'm like, "You planted an 80' maple sapling... that is not a Japanese Maple, like labeled..." hah.
Reply #3 of 3 posted 12 SEP 17 by sutekesh
Uups would be an understatement - lol
To tell you the truth, I am a sucker for the $5 roses (only roses) and even more so when they are marked down ... maybe a gambler at heart ...
Discussion id : 88-167
most recent 8 NOV 15 SHOW ALL
Initial post 28 SEP 15 by Michael Garhart
"The present invention constitutes a new and distinct variety of miniature rose plant which originated from a controlled crossing between the female seed parent, an unnamed seedling, and the male pollen parent, also an unnamed seedling."

-US Patent

Typically, I dont report "seedling x seedling" lineages for florist roses or grocery store minis, but this one is important, since it shows it is not a striped mutation.
Reply #1 of 1 posted 8 NOV 15 by jasminerose
Thank you, Michael. The stripes are very stable.

Link to patent:
Discussion id : 84-386
most recent 26 SEP 15 SHOW ALL
Initial post 18 APR 15 by jasminerose
Most of my Gigi roses defoliated from a spider mite infestation. I don't know if all miniature roses are prone to this or if this rose is especially susceptible. I like the bloom enough that I am washing down the leaves daily on the one plant that kept its leaves. It seems to be doing okay.
Reply #1 of 5 posted 19 APR 15 by beatgroover
Most roses will defoliate pretty quickly from heavy mite population, the miniatures are just easier targets because there are smaller distances and less plant matter for the tiny mites to traverse and conquer - and the short branching and resulting closeness of the foliage makes it easy for them to build their webs and really go nuts. I bought one of the small Gigi floral novelties (along with 3 other varieties) from a grocery store back in November and separated the cuttings and have them growing at the nursery. It's growing very well and I'll have blooms coming soon. I'll post some pictures here once they open! The Poulsen "grocery store minis" take a few weeks to establish when you split and size them up but once the roots hit the bottom the top explodes in growth. Very attractive plants so far, they will get spot fungi but I keep the nursery on a strict weekly spray schedule.
Reply #2 of 5 posted 24 APR 15 by jasminerose
Thank you for the reply. I recently separated the Gigi plants too. It was easier than I thought it would be. I'm hoping they will leaf out again. I'll look forward to seeing your photographs.
Reply #3 of 5 posted 6 JUN 15 by beatgroover
Hi again! Just thought I'd update you on my roses. All of them are doing great and I stepped them up to 4 gal cans to really push them. The slowed a little after that then we had a hot dry week which brought mites out. A quick treatment of Sultan (cyflumetofen) and they were back on their feet shooting out growth like crazy.

I love how different in habit the different Poulsen minis are. In my group shot, Dora on the left is very low growing and mounding. Dark foliage offsets the nice bright orange blend blooms beautifully! Renata next to that seems to be more upright growing, which makes sense given its miniflora classification. Karina, the non-striped red seems to grow similarly to Renata but these cuttings have been blown over so hard by my watering assistant that I think they began growing upwards to compensate. New basal breaks should grow out to reveal a very nice bushy and rounded shape. And last we come to Gigi. Growing upright at the very end of the block they're finally starting to bulk up like the others! These had the latest start as real potted plants and were a pretty crappy specimen when I bought them in the store so I'm glad they've made it this far.

I'm excited to see what they do through the summer, because down here in NC the gauntlet that is our summer climate will sparate the truly tough roses from the weak. If they stay blooming and well foliated through our 95 degree weeks and 70 degree dew points then they have truly earned my utmost respect. I'll keep this post updated as the season progresses. I will probably overwinter them in the heated greenhouse before putting them through their first winter in 2016/2017.
Reply #4 of 5 posted 6 JUN 15 by jasminerose
Beautiful. It's nice that you've been able to identify them. I'm so glad you added the photos.
Reply #5 of 5 posted 26 SEP 15 by Michael Garhart
Miniatures have been historically prone to this, followed by polyanthas. Its the proximity to the ground. Roses that can withstand overhead watering a lot and dont succumb to fungals from this practice, tend to fair better, since spider mites hate water. Flower Carpet, for example.
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