When we bought our house, it came with a three beautiful rose bushes. The pink one appears to be Queen Elizabeth and we aren't sure about the white rose bush, but it is very hearty. The third rose was Double Delight, which is my absolute favorite. However, we lost it a few years ago in a cold snap, even though it was mulched and covered. We replaced it with another, which has survived the last two winters, but it never seems to produce many flowers and is prone to black spot. The rose bushes are exposed to all day sun, we have sandy soil, we use organic fertilizer and water with a soaker hose. Anything else we should be doing? Or should we replace it with something else? If so, does anyone have a suggestion for another bi-color rose?
Hi There......I don't know where you are, but if you are in any of the southern states black spot is going to be a part of your life with roses. Too much humidity!
Double Delight is one of my favorite rose bushes as well......and like the other roses I have, very prone to blackspot. If you are used to growing roses, then you know that tea roses are not continuous bloomers.....a major burst in the spring, then another sparodic bloom in the fall when the temps cool off some.
As for another bi-color rose, try Joseph's Coat......it is a climber, not a bush. However, it is one gorgeous blooming rose bush.
I hope this helps.
PS - there are various remedies and products out there for blackspot.....for me, none of them work very well. I've tried everything from cornmeal to the expensive systemic products. I've even moved bushes from their locations to brand new ones because blackspot is soil borne.....still didn't help.
Thank you Vera. The weather is not very humid where we live. We have had hit and miss luck with black spot treatment on the other roses. The Double Delight not only gets very few blooms, it also hasn't grown very much and the canes are very small. I will look at Joseph's Coat, thank you for the advice.
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