Why do my Judy Garland blooms look washed out this year?

Jbradshaw777April 27, 2012

Anybody have experience with Judy Garland (of the Floribunda family I think)? Last year it gave me the most gorgeous roses I have even seen. A blend of yellow and orange, the color was deep and brilliant. This year, however, all the flowers look washed out and do not have the brilliance that I saw last year. They just look pretty crappy right now.

Anybody know what might be the reasons?

Two factors I can think of:

1. It bloomed a whole month earlier than it did last year, due to the warmer weather.

2. I used Bayer, the 3-in-1 kind, this year. It appears to have helped the bush grow. The bush has more buds than last year. Would this pesticide/fertilizer combo affect the pigment in the flowers and somehow make the flowers look so crappy?

Really like to see that wonderful orange color again on my roses. Any help will be appreciated!

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seil zone 6b MI

I doubt that the Bayer had any effect on the color. Most probably it's due to a difference in the weather. Temperatures and amount of sunlight can have a big effect on rose colors. If they're blooming a month earlier than last year then the sun is a month lower in the sky and they aren't getting as much sunlight.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2012 at 7:26PM
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Jbradshaw777

Thanks! I did notice several rose bushes close to where I live have also bloomed early this year, it did not seem to bother them at all. They all look quite brilliant.

I read somewhere that too much growth in leaves and stems (due to too much nitrogen if I recall correctly) can come at the expense of the flowers. I am not sure whether the size or the color of the flowers can be affected this way...

    Bookmark   April 27, 2012 at 9:49PM
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zack_lau

Yes, look up the temperatures leading up to the bloom--lots of cool weather before a bud blooms will result in the best colors and largest bloom size. Hot weather will even turn normally double blooms to singles. No, roses need plenty of nitrogen--the best flowers come off of big healthy plants--which is why exhibitors will often have programs that maximize the amount of nitrogen fed to the plant--sometimes feeding the plant every week.

    Bookmark   April 28, 2012 at 6:57AM
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