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'Prairie Dawn' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 167-467
most recent 7 JUN HIDE POSTS
Initial post 7 JUN by Nastarana
I consider 'Prairie Dawn' one of the best roses for cold climates I have grown or seen. It's two flaws, for me, are mild, or almost no, fragrance and rampant, spreading growth habit. Naturally, I would plant it next to a pathway.

It does take up space, and could be trained to climb. Mine has not yet been pruned, as I was waiting to see how it would grow. Canes are easily 10' long and covered with flowers, as the canes bend and droop. For me it has been disease free and completely hardy. I consider it the perfect choice for an informal or semi wild garden in a cold climate. Mine came from High Country Roses.
Discussion id : 41-079
most recent 13 DEC 09 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 11 DEC 09 by Anne M
Northwestern Ontario, Canada, USDA Zone 2,
I have had Prairie Dawn for 2 years now - Bloomed in large clusters continuously, no disease, and no winter protection whatsoever. Grew to 3ft with large canes the second summer even though it was neglected. I can't wait to see what she'll do next summer when hopefully I'll be able to look after her better.
Reply #1 of 1 posted 13 DEC 09 by Margit Schowalter
Anne Marie

Prairie Dawn will probably grow another three feet this summer for you. It will often grow 8 feet in a protected location. You may wish to plant a shorter rose in front of it as it has a tendency to bloom mostly at the top leaving the lower portion bare.
Discussion id : 8-275
most recent 15 AUG 05 SHOW ALL
Initial post 27 APR 05 by Unregistered Guest
My 'Prairie Dawn' has done beautifully here in bitter cold Winnipeg these past two years. Can someone tell me whether it's normally grown on its own roots? I've been cutting off the vigorous side shoots that come up out of the ground on the assumption that they are from a different root stock. I'd like to know if that's been wasted effort!
Reply #1 of 2 posted 28 APR 05 by The Old Rosarian
Because Prairie Dawn is such a good rose for very cold climates, it is usually on it's own roots or rosa canina understock. It is possible that the side shoots are part of Prairie Dawn as this is a vigorous rose. It might be a wisdom to let the sideshoots grow. If this rose is grafted, then there will be a lump at the base from which the roots come from and if the new canes are coming below the lump then I would tear them off not cut them, as this is just like pruning. Tearing them off causes a scar to form and so there will be no more canes.
Reply #2 of 2 posted 15 AUG 05 by Unregistered Guest
Thanks to the Old Rosarian for the helpful reply. Yes, I checked and there's a graft on my Prairie Dawn, and the suckers were coming from the rootstock. I tore off several of them in the spring, but over the course of the summer they have continued to appear. Three or four popped up in the middle of adjacent perennials, so I just cut them off instead of trying to dig down and follow them back to the rose. It is getting out of hand, so I think I am going to give up and replace it with a hardy own-root rose, probably Therese Bugnet.
Discussion id : 2-540
most recent 25 FEB 04 SHOW ALL
Initial post 25 FEB 04 by Anonymous-797
I planted a Prairie Dawn last year. I have another near it from the same source that does beautifully. Te plant I am stumped about never sets buds. I have done everything and researched it extensively and can't figure out the problem. Any ideas?
Reply #1 of 3 posted 30 JUN 03 by The Old Rosarian
If your Prairie Dawn is on an understock, then the reason it doesn't set buds could be that the bud eye was too weak or not ripe enough.
Reply #2 of 3 posted 25 FEB 04 by Unregistered Guest
I purchased this rose and it never set bud for me either!
Reply #3 of 3 posted 25 FEB 04 by Unregistered Guest
My plant didn't bloom for about four years but now it is wonderful and blooms constantly. I read somewhere that some shrub roses and climbers may take four or five years to mature. From my experience with this rose I thought it might be one that took a while to began to produce many blooms, but mine was certainly worth waiting for since it has been beautiful the last three years.
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