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Sirens's Keep - buds stay shut inside

Posted by sunnysideuphill 5 (My Page) on
Sun, Jul 24, 11 at 11:59

This little rose came as a band, spring 09, went into the new rose garden and this is the second season with it - still very small skinny canes, not even 18" high - but pumped out full sized blooms that bent over from their own weight.
I've cut three stems with a full open rose, and two of them also had lower buds, fully developed, deep red - but in the vase, in the house, after the full bloom faded and was removed, even with recutting the stem, those buds never opened.
The incredible heat we've had may be a factor, but any ideas?

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RE: Sirens's Keep - buds stay shut inside

Each rose has its own habits about opening. Many very-double roses will open from tight bud even if the sepals haven't fully separated--but with some roses you need some separation of the petals before you cut.

However, I have no experience with SK. Paul gave this rose a very cool name, and the rose looks gorgeous in pictures.

RE: Sirens's Keep - buds stay shut inside

  • Posted by seil z6 MI (My Page) on
    Sun, Jul 24, 11 at 15:55

They were probably still too tight when you cut them to open. I've found on most roses the petals need to have just begun to open on their own before cutting to have them open inside. Just having the sepals down, showing color isn't enough.

I don't know if this works but I've heard a trick exhibitors use to get a too tight bud to open faster for a show is to gently squeeze around the bud to loosen up the petals inside. You might give it a try before you cut next time and see what happens.

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