zone hardiness for Mint Julep?

michigoose(Z5OH)June 18, 2009

Long story short: I live near Springhill Nursery and every spring at this time they clearance all their excess catalog plants for 99 center per.... I picked up a bare root rose "Mint Julep" and wondered if anyone can give me a zone hardiness...i.e. not what the books say, but the farthest north you've had success with. I looked, and it seems like this one might be a warmer liking one, although some people online had planted it (with no comment on winterhardiness) in zone 5.


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No one has mint julep????

    Bookmark   June 29, 2009 at 7:56PM
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I'm sorry to inform you that 'Mint Julep' is kind of a connoisseur's rose -- ie, a rose for folks who don't mind lavishing extraordinary amounts of care and constant frustration for very little return, reward, satisfaction . . .

Perhaps it's their gardeners who do the lavishing, I don't know . . .

    Bookmark   June 29, 2009 at 8:42PM
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mgleason56(Michigan 5b)

It survives winter for me, but just barely. I only get a few blooms each year, but the color is pretty cool. Roses Unlimited also sells.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2009 at 10:24AM
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kstrong(10 So Cal)

I have it here in California. That won't help you in "hardiness zones," but I can tell you that it's not worth coddling. UGLY rose. (Yes, there is such a thing.)


    Bookmark   June 30, 2009 at 11:46AM
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mgleason56(Michigan 5b)

Kathy, Kathy, Kathy, how wrong you can be at times! Just as is beauty, ugly is also in the eye of the beholder. I might have to not be your friend unless you take this back. Seriously, I think the blooms are cool, but I've seen pictures with a nasty gray tint that did indeed look UGLY.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2009 at 1:24PM
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kstrong(10 So Cal)

Maybe we can get the powers that be to start an "ugliest rose" category in the next rose show. Not taking it back. It's blooming right now here, and I just went out and confirmed my opinion. Wish I could find my camera . . .

Grey and also spotted -- gets the rose award for most botrytis blight in my yard.


    Bookmark   June 30, 2009 at 3:53PM
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I grew it in central Fl. for several years. It didn't like the hot, humid summers but during the spring and fall I thought it was a nice rose. But I mess around in my garden all the time so I guess you can say all my roses get a little extra care. If you're not sure about it, put it in a 10 or 15 gal pot and give it a little extra care. You'll know by the end of next summer. Thank you for reminding me about this rose. Next spring I have got the perfect place here at my new home for a couple.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2009 at 6:18PM
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kstrong(10 So Cal)

For those of you longing to coddle something -- you can get it here -- Cottage Farms Direct -- quite cheap.

Here is a link that might be useful: Mint Julep for sale

    Bookmark   June 30, 2009 at 7:13PM
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WOW!!! That's about the most color-enhanced photo I've ever beheld -- anywhere!!! Better even than some of Wayside Gardens' pics! Also, I have to complement you on standing your ground regarding Mint Julep . . . I'm another beholder whose eye tells me that Mint Julep is one very, very YOU-glee rose!!!

It's curious indeed that certain novelty roses persist in commerce: Roses like Mint Julep, Julia's Rose, Grey Pearl, Irish Creme, and (regardless of protests to the contrary) Sterling Silver -- whether any of them is grafted or (hopelessly) own-root.

Unless one gets-off on something approaching horticultural masochism, I can't imagine why perfectly good garden space is squandered on such dogs, or why good money is spent on them. Let's face it -- nobody grows them REALLY well in a garden setting.

The unwitting Michigoose can pride her/himself in having dropped only 99 cents at Spring Hill.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2009 at 7:54PM
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