Question About Deja Blu

alameda/zone 8February 27, 2011

I bought a large potted Deja Blu today at Lowe's. I thought Deja Blu was a mini flora, but the bush looks like a floribunda - great big stems - and the blooms also look like the size of a floribunda. This doesnt look like any miniflora I have ever seen - or was it a miniflora on steroids?? The color looks the same as on Helpmefind - the roses were blooming. I am a bit confused - has anyone else seen this rose at Lowes? Is it possible for a miniflora to get as big as a floribunda? Its a beautiful, healthy rose - lovely color - am excited to find it. The tag said "My Bouquet" - Deja Blu.

Judith

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diane_nj 6b/7a

At Lowes? Wow!

Yes. many minifloras are as large as floribundas. The hybridizer, Frank Benardella, liked his minifloras to be on the large side. You should see Leading Lady, it makes some of my hybrid teas look puny! Enjoy, Deja Blu is a beautiful rose.

    Bookmark   February 27, 2011 at 9:08PM
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mike_in_new_orleans(9a/ coastal LA)

I've had Deja Blu just one year. My plant is still quite small, but the stems, leaves, and blooms are about comparable to floribudnas. Not too many clusters, though; more hybrid-tea-style. That's why it still makes sense to call it miniflora. And as mentioned, Leading Lady looks even bigger. There really are no concrete rules about rose classes. The hybridizers get to call them what they like. So voila! Deja Blu and Leading Lady are both minifloras. : )

    Bookmark   February 28, 2011 at 2:10AM
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kstrong(10 So Cal)

Yep, our Lowe's had Benardella mini-floras also, in peat pots, and they looked VERY healthy. Our Lowe's carried Powerhouse and Double Take. I've grown Deja Blu for several years and I really like it. Won some trophies at rose shows with it also.

    Bookmark   February 28, 2011 at 6:09PM
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diane_nj 6b/7a

Dang, I'm moving! ;-))
No way we're seeing any of those out here.

    Bookmark   February 28, 2011 at 8:37PM
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alameda/zone 8

So glad to hear the good news on this rose! It has lots of fat buds, ready to open. I have never seen a miniflora this big - love the color. I will keep checking with Lowes - maybe they will get in more in different colors!
Judith

    Bookmark   February 28, 2011 at 10:25PM
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Maryl zone 7a

I've been seeing Deja Blu at the rose shows for a couple of years now and really liked it. This year I finally gave in and have one coming from Heirloom. I seriously doubt our Lowes will have anything other then their usual Knock Outs, but now that I'm alerted to the possiblilty of nice minis I'll be on the look out......Maryl

    Bookmark   February 28, 2011 at 11:16PM
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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

I think I need to hustle out to Lowe's.

    Bookmark   March 1, 2011 at 12:32AM
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particentral(8)

My Lowes had Heirloom, New Day and Chrysler Imperial. that was it. Not even any knockouts.

    Bookmark   March 1, 2011 at 9:47AM
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kathya11(8b/9a)

No minifloras in peat pots in the two Lowes' stores nearest to us (both in Ocala) either. I took the item number and they looked it up for me in the garden center -- nothing came up. So I'm just going to have to be patient and wait for my Rosemania order (nine minifloras, two of them on fortuniana) and my two orders from K&M (1 floribunda, 2 minifloras, 5 HTs, all on fortuniana).

It will be interesting to see how big minifloras get on fortuniana rootstock -- I've always grown them in pots. I miss my two bushes of Leading Lady (sold out from K&M and CoolRoses).

    Bookmark   March 1, 2011 at 7:45PM
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flowerpig

I have a Deja Blu which I bought at Rona (Canadian version of Loew's). It looks to me like a floribunda. Tons of huge blooms. So gorgeous. The blooms are so fragrant and the most interesting shade of corally pink. Got it on sale. So happy with it!!!

    Bookmark   May 9, 2013 at 9:46PM
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harmonyp

My Lowes had a grouping of these last fall. I was hesitant as I had never seen them before, but the few blooms on Flawless really captured me and I picked her up. This is Flawless with her first blooms this spring. I LOVE her, and may grab some more if I find them again. Flawless doesn't have fragrance, but otherwise - she is flawless.

    Bookmark   May 10, 2013 at 10:19AM
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Maryl zone 7a

I picked my Flawless up at Lowes 3 years ago. It does produce very nice blooms. I discovered that the fullness of the bush when I first purchased it was due to the fact that they had put 4 bushes in the same pot. Separated out the "bushiness" was greatly reduced, and to this day it is not a particularly leafy bush. However the flowers keep coming, and are such a pretty shade of pink that it's growth pattern has so far been ignored. It has also proven to have better then average disease resistance. Short, large flowered roses are perfect for some landscaping situations (containers too) and usually hard to find. FLawless is a good example of one....Maryl

    Bookmark   May 11, 2013 at 2:20PM
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growing_rene(7a/b)

I just ran across this thread. I just returned home, from Lowe's, with Deja blu. I am really curious as to how yours did. I also saw flawless but left it behind since I wasn't planning on grabbing the 2 I did. :)

I hope your Deja Blu has been thriving since!
~René

    Bookmark   February 15, 2014 at 2:31PM
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