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Standalone Aloha?

Posted by nikthegreek 9b/10a E of Athens (My Page) on
Thu, Mar 13, 14 at 9:43

Can Aloha (the New Dawn offspring) be pruned to grow as a self supporting large shrub or will it end up being either too messy or too much pruned for its own sake and really needs climbing support? Does anybody have any experience in growing it free standing? I'm in a Med climate so roses do tend to become fairly large.
Nik


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RE: Standalone Aloha?

  • Posted by seil z6b MI (My Page) on
    Thu, Mar 13, 14 at 11:21

I saw several pictures of it on HMF growing in pots as a shrub so... It sure is gorgeous!


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RE: Standalone Aloha?

I have mine growing essentially as a free-standing plant, though I'd describe it more of a pillar than a bush. It grows fairly thick self-supporting canes without much significant support, though once it gets beyond about 6 feet I have to either provide something to prop it up or prune it back to keep the top from flopping over. Under these conditions, it doesn't seem to put out many basals so the blooms are mostly in the top 1/3 of the plant. Mine is 6-7 feet tall but no more than 2 feet wide. In contrast, my Quadra when it was grown as a self-supporting bush was probably 6 feet tall and 8 feet wide with gangly masses of canes from the base reaching all over the place.

i presume with different pruning patterns Aloha could be encouraged to broaden out a bit, but it doesn't seem to be its first choice. Also a Med climate your conditions are considerably more humid and warmer than mine.

Cynthia


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