My Rugosas have no fragrance?

ptwonlineJune 9, 2014

This spring I planted some fragrant roses for the first time to replace my barely fragrant Knock Out Roses. The first to just fully bloom were the hybrid white rugosas Blanc Double de Coubert and White Pavement. However, these roses seem to have no fragrance for me so far. I have to stick my nose right into the flower and then I get the barest hint of a fragrance (I almost stuck my nose right into a busy bee!), and even then it just smells more like leaves than flowers.

Do I have to wait for later in the summer or even until these roses are older before I get fragrance from these? They seem fairly vigorous.

Thanks!

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dublinbay z6 (KS)

I would say "patience." Many roses do not come "true" the first time they bloom. Maturity will probably rectify the problem--especially after the rose is 3-4 years old.

Kate

    Bookmark   June 9, 2014 at 2:04PM
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seil zone 6b MI

Weather conditions will also affect fragrance. Even different times of the day can make a difference. Be patient, let them mature and I'll bet they'll smell great!

    Bookmark   June 9, 2014 at 3:25PM
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ptwonline

Thanks. It's hard to wait but as all gardeners discover, life is about delayed gratification!

    Bookmark   June 9, 2014 at 4:55PM
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drmbear

Also continue to improve the soil with lots of mulch. Organic material in the soil will also contribute to smell of roses and flavor of vegetables.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2014 at 1:17PM
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