Is Blue for You Shade Tolerant?

jasminerose4u, California(9b)May 11, 2014

My young Blue for You Rose bush is not happy with its southern California full sun location. Do any of you find that it is shade tolerant? If so, I have a partial shade location that I think I may move it to. Perhaps it will be the right color there too. My Blue for You blooms are mostly white.


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Desertgarden- Las Vegas, Z8b @ 2800 ft.

I just saw this beautiful rose growing in full sun at the Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden in San Diego this past weekend. With my summer heat, many roses in this color family tend to fair better in partial shade locations. Your plant looks young, how long have you had it?


This post was edited by desertgarden561 on Sun, May 11, 14 at 11:03

    Bookmark   May 11, 2014 at 9:21AM
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jasminerose4u, California(9b)

Hi Lynn:
It's good to know you saw this rose in full sun and I didn't know that blue roses usually can't take the heat. Thank you for the information. I've had the rose for 7 months only. Maybe I should put in a pot and let it ride the harsh sun in partial shade until it gets older. A friend of mine said I'm not supposed to move a rose now, but I'm worried it won't make it through summer if I don't. On the "fried roses" thread, someone suggested using a tent to provide shade, but this is in front of my house and that might not go so well with my neighbors. Hopefully Blue for You will do okay with less sun on the other side of my house. I'll use some vitamin B to help with the stress. Thanks :)

    Bookmark   May 11, 2014 at 11:51AM
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I just got it, too. Potted it in a big (10 gallon) pot so I can experiment with placing it where it's happy. So far the blooms have ranged from virtual white to lavender to that amazing blue on the young plant. It's in a pretty much full sun area now.

Couldn't resist letting it bloom a bit though I usually pinch buds for a year. It was a well established Chamblee's plant.

One thing about your plant: the ground looks really bare. If you leave it, I'd mulch it very well with a loose material like oak leaves or coarse bark.

    Bookmark   May 11, 2014 at 12:35PM
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Mine is planted where it receives filtered sun through the California Black Walnut much of the day, with periods of direct sun from about ten in the morning, until nearly dusk. I didn't place it there deliberately, it was the only place I had to plant it. The foliage is perfect. The flowers stand up to filtered sun better than they do the extremes of full, direct, all day sun. That location is southern and western sun, which is EXTREME. The two plants I have growing in Old Orchard currently have shoots up to four feet in height, with shorter, younger ones growing up to meet them. It receives afternoon sun with some reflected off a partially western facing bedroom window. The plants are fine, the open flowers suffer a bit of frying during periods of extreme heat when the sun moves from behind the neighbor's trees to the south.

I'd think one of your plant's major issues is that concrete you can see at the top of your photo. Once the plant is established, it can more successfully withstand being cooked by the reflected, radiated heat from hard scape and walls. Right now, that plant is an infant. It has thin wood, a small crown and shallow roots. It appears to me to being cooked by the excessive heat it's enduring. If you can either shade it, or pot it for a while, placing the pot somewhere the roots will be shaded and the top exposed to more sun, it should grow like the weed it is. Blue for You is VERY virgorous! It will push new growth very quickly and can easily top out at four-plus feet in your climate. Reflected, radiated heat is a huge issue in your climate, even for mature, established plants. Kim

This post was edited by roseseek on Sun, May 11, 14 at 12:49

    Bookmark   May 11, 2014 at 12:38PM
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jasminerose4u, California(9b)

Thank you all. I dug up the plant and put it in the pot and brought it to a filtered sun location. I was sorry to see some of the delicate roots break off, but I think the rose will be tough in that way. Against the extreme, radiated heat, not so tough. I too got this rose from Chamblees. It looked much better when it arrived than it does now. Good to hear that this rose is vigorous. Hopefully it will make a fine comeback. :)

    Bookmark   May 11, 2014 at 1:26PM
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jasminerose4u, California(9b)

And oh, yes...I'll get some mulch. Thank you for the reminder, Bluegirl.

    Bookmark   May 11, 2014 at 1:30PM
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