Question About Buck Rose Virginia Reel

alameda/zone 8April 7, 2013

I have read conflicting reports about this rose's bloom habits. Does it bloom once in spring then maybe in fall, or continuously? Thanks for any information.

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I have not grown Virginia Reel but this comment is from Dr. Buck's description of VR...."blooms freely from early June until killing frost."

    Bookmark   April 9, 2013 at 12:14PM
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alameda/zone 8

I wrote to Iowa State - here is their reply:

"It should have flourishes of blooms through the summer. I would suggest dead heading the spent blooms to encourage it though."

I will do this and make sure to fertilize well. It is really a beautiful rose - is blooming now - and was hoping it wasnt just a once bloomer. Prairie Princess seems to be - I still love it but would rather grow the ones that repeat bloom.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2013 at 12:26PM
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Dead heading may be the key to repeat here. I remember seeing info that some of Dr. Buck's roses were noted for shutting down new bloom production as soon as they set hips.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2013 at 6:02PM
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predfern(z5 Chicago)

Quietness may be Buck's best. Lots of blooms all season, vigorous and hardy.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2013 at 12:03AM
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