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Oddball 'Out of the Night'

Posted by Kes4353 7 E Tn (My Page) on
Fri, Jun 13, 14 at 16:26

I've had Out of the Night for several years and while it was never a fast grower, it's a tough little plant. Winter before last, the deer ate it into a U-shape. It did nothing to grow into its original shape all of last summer. This winter was a hard one and I lost a lot of roses, but this one came through losing only part of a cane. It is finally growing a center, slowly but surely. I am removing most of the buds to maybe help it regain some size but allowed two to bloom, one on an original cane and one on the new growth in the center. They were two different colors!

The flower on the original cane was typical of past flowers: white with a lemon yellow center upon opening. Normally the center will turn whiter as the rose ages but right now our weather has been cooler and we are getting a lot of rain so the center stayed yellow till the petals fell. However, the rose on the new central growth was pure white, from bud to shattering. It was very white, not showing any yellow at all. It seemed to be a bit less full, too, a good thing as far as I'm concerned, since this particular rose has a tendency to ball in humid weather.

Is this normal for this rose? Will roses on the new growth eventually mature to look like those on the original plant? It was fun to watch both buds open and compare them as they aged.


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RE: Oddball 'Out of the Night'

  • Posted by seil z6b MI (My Page) on
    Fri, Jun 13, 14 at 16:32

It's hard to say for sure. It could have been due to the weather during the time the bud was forming, it may have just been a single mutation of that bloom or it could be the entire cane has mutated. The only way to know is to mark the cane and see how the next bloom looks.


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RE: Oddball 'Out of the Night'

What Seil said. She's right, as usual! Kim


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RE: Oddball 'Out of the Night'

Thanks, Seil. And Kim, too. I'll be watching future blooms on that cane and see if the future blooms still have the same changes. If they do, I'll report back.


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RE: Oddball 'Out of the Night'

  • Posted by seil z6b MI (My Page) on
    Sat, Jun 14, 14 at 23:28

Thanks, Kim!

I'll be looking for that report, Kes. I love sports They're fun to keep track of. If it does continue to have the different bloom try rooting a cutting of it and see if it remains mutated too.


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RE: Oddball 'Out of the Night'

My pleasure! Good luck with the potential sport. They are FUN! Kim


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