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'Midnight Blue ™' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 146-566
most recent 14 JUL HIDE POSTS
Initial post 14 JUL by Deborah's rose Garden
My Midnight Blue is just as advertised. So pretty, with golden stamens and sometimes a tiny spot of white. She takes the full brunt of the sun and strong coastal winds, consistently blooming and fragrant dark velvety blooms. Mine do not turn brown. The foliage isn't the pretties, and she does get blackspot, but overall is healthy. Mine has grown to 3 feet.
Discussion id : 117-257
most recent 21 JUN 19 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 21 JUN 19 by Marlorena
...perhaps this rose should have been called 'Midnight Brown'... as that's how the blooms age - and all too quickly -... a rather odd colour which hangs on there long enough to annoy... but I've got worse..

..redeemed by the scent... spicy cloves... very nice !...

July 30th edit..
..just to add the 2nd flush is a whole lot better... the blooms last longer, the colour stays better and I'm not getting so much browning... quite a floriferous almost thornless rose... showing a good mix of purples..
Discussion id : 109-618
most recent 26 MAR 18 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 26 MAR 18 by Nola Z5a WI
Just informational Edmunds Roses reports Midnight Blue as Zone 5-9.
Discussion id : 12-458
most recent 31 DEC 17 SHOW ALL
Initial post 31 MAY 06 by ParisRoseLady

I read that Midnight Blue doesn't perform well grown on its own roots, but I have two own-root specimens that are thriving in my garden, putting out lots of growth, buds and bloom.  They were very small when planted last fall, and I wasn't sure they would even survive my zone 5/6 winter (they were put in the ground in late fall), but they rooted well, taking off like a rocket in the spring--they were practically the first roses to bloom in the entire garden.  So I would recommend them as own root plants... Claire, St Louis, Zone 5/6

Reply #1 of 11 posted 17 JAN 11 by buckeyesouth
Thanks for this info. I was just debating whether to get it own root.
Reply #2 of 11 posted 17 JAN 11 by buckeyesouth
And what has been your experience with this rose since several years ago?
Reply #3 of 11 posted 17 JAN 11 by RoseBlush
My experience with a budded 'Midnight Blue' in the mountains of northern California has been such that I am going to give it one more season to show me that it's worth keeping. It has been very slow to take off and the blooms fry in my summer heat.

I changed my feeding routine last year and all of my roses performed much better, so I want to give it another season before I pull out the shovel.

Reply #4 of 11 posted 18 JAN 11 by buckeyesouth
Does this rose make a good cut? Ebb Tide is notorious for wilting quickly, and I understand that Midnight is from the same cross.
Reply #5 of 11 posted 18 JAN 11 by RoseBlush
I really don't know. I rarely cut roses to bring into the house. Also, with the high temps in my climate, the blooms from 'Midnight Blue' don't really last that long on the bush. I am hoping that if the plant is healthier with the new feeding program that might change, but, to be honest, I doubt it. I don't think dark colored roses are going to work in this garden unless they have very heavy petal substance.

Reply #6 of 11 posted 15 NOV 14 by Michael Garhart
They both hate the sun. Ebb Tide does better in bright August sun, due to more and thicker petals, but they both suffer from those long summer days of heat.

This is typical of purple-red and blackened-red roses, however.

Of the newer purple roses I have grown, it has been Stormy Weather that has been the heat-tolerant. Sure, it is light on petals, but they are pretty strong petals. Its also the more prickly. It basically is like Westerland w/ purple blooms, lol.
Reply #7 of 11 posted 17 MAY 17 by Lavenderlace
Here in Z8, I have several that have done very well own-root. The color is much darker and the fragrance stronger than Ebb Tide to compare, though the blooms are slightly smaller.
Reply #8 of 11 posted 1 JUL 17 by StrawChicago Alkaline clay 5a
Does midnight blue prefer sand over clay? How do you like its scent compared to Lagerfield (very nice scent in clay). Thanks.
Reply #9 of 11 posted 1 JUL 17 by Lavenderlace
Straw, I only had several of these grown in reddish but still sandy soil. I didn't put them in the vase so haven't smelled them as much as Lagerfeld, but would still have to prefer Lagerfeld if I had to choose. Both own-root.
Reply #10 of 11 posted 1 JUL 17 by StrawChicago Alkaline clay 5a
Thank you. The purple/blue scent is elusive. Purple Wise Portia's scent is fantastic in cold weather, but lousy-clove in hot weather. Same with Deep Purple ... much better scent in cool weather, but weird-clove in hot weather. But Lagerfeld always smell good, regardless of the weather.
Reply #11 of 11 posted 31 DEC 17 by Michael Garhart
Ebb Tide is more consistently fragrant, but Midnight Blue is easier to grow (ET takes 2 years to become a full-fledged floribunda). I have each about 7 miles apart (different properties), and that is the main difference, except for petal count.
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