Oklahoma- good garden performer?

adamharbeck(WA Aust)May 29, 2014

I normally go in for the antique roses, but I am thinking of planting an Oklahoma for cut flowers. What is the growth habit like? Nice looking bush/ healthy leaves? and how does it go in warmer climates? FMF says it doesnt go well but others say it grows well in Texas.

The spot I'm thinking of planting it in gets good morning light and afternoon shade.


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dublinbay z6 (KS)

My Oklahoma is fairly new, but so far it is a fine plant. Really BIG blooms, dark red. The bush is well-covered with leaves and so far, no disease problems. It looks, of course, like a hybrid tea rose and not a shrub or floribunda--because it is a hybrid tea rose. So if you just hate the HT look (some rose gardeners do, for some inexplicable reason), it won't do for you. It may be one of the shorter HTs--or hasn't put on much height so far in my garden.

My Oklahoma may be a bit slow on the re-bloom, but it is hard to say whether this will be a persistent problem or not. As I said, mine is still fairly new.

I'm liking Oklahoma very much so far. Hope it has no disappointments in store for the future.


    Bookmark   May 29, 2014 at 10:24AM
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view1ny NY 6-7

I believe I'm in a zone colder than Texas, and lost 6 (possibly 7) out of 21 roses this past winter. Oklahoma survived with only one cane and I did not have high hopes for its survival so I bought another one.

Right now Oklahoma looks great. It has several new canes & 4 nice-sized buds. HMF says it's hardy from zone 7b - 10b. I don't know how it'll fare in your summer heat but it made it thru winter here in NY. It's in a pot, so when I buy new roses I look for hardiness in at least zone 6. I bought Oklahoma when I didn't know better and I'm glad it's in my garden.

    Bookmark   May 29, 2014 at 1:04PM
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I have Oklahoma in Georgia. It does well...one of my few to survive the winter. Huge beautiful blooms. Relatively decent looking bush but not great. Blooms sufficiently not overly so. Overall because if it's color fragrance and size, my favorite red.

    Bookmark   May 29, 2014 at 7:00PM
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harryshoe zone6 eastern Pennsylvania

Oklahoma did not grow well here. We have hot, humid summer weather, It required spraying with a fungicide. The plant was not particularly attractive and there was not an abundance of blooms.

When it did bloom, it was gorgeous!

    Bookmark   May 30, 2014 at 1:23PM
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I kept Oklahoma alive here in zone 5a for about three years using a rose cone stuffed with oak leaves and a mound of dirt over the base. It produced wonderful blooms and got about 3 feet high. After a winter killed it, however, I did not try to replant it. I plant for zone 4 nowadays.

    Bookmark   May 31, 2014 at 7:20AM
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seil zone 6b MI

Large deep red blooms, nice fragrance, good hardiness, does spot, typical tall narrow HT growth habit. It's not my favorite but it's OK.

    Bookmark   May 31, 2014 at 8:55PM
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