Archduke Charles

buffington22(Z8 Louisiana)November 6, 2011

This is a really good rose here in NE Louisiana. I have 3, 2 in pots and one in the ground. The potted ones were planted last spring and they the same size but more free-flowering than the 3-4 y/o planted in the ground. The blooms this fall have been good sized and really pretty. A few weeks after deadheading, they are full of blooms again. Trying to decide if I should plant the potted ones in twin bare spots or order 2 more AC's or 2 Cramoisi Superior, another favorite of mine. I'm going to the darker pinks and reds b/c of poor bloom quality of the pale pinks in the spring.

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jerijen(Zone 10)

A.C. is one of my most-favorite roses.

I'm glad to hear it's good in Louisiana -- because it's also a champ out here, in CA. It's one of the roses you find MULTIPLES of in almost every old Gold-Rush-Era cemetery, and it's disease-free here.


    Bookmark   November 6, 2011 at 12:43PM
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That's good to know! Along with Napoleon, it's supposed to be one of the more fragrant Chinas.

Does it have a great scent?

    Bookmark   November 6, 2011 at 1:44PM
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sammy zone 7 Tulsa

I love Archduke CHarles also. However, my favorite is Cramoisi Superieur. I like its overall growth and see it as being very majestic. I would never put it in a pot.

They are both beautiful in their own way, but CS gets huge here.My AC remains small.


    Bookmark   November 6, 2011 at 2:24PM
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jardineratx(zone 8, Texas)

I'm also a fan of Archduke Charles and love that it is a little more upright than other chinas, allowing a little more room for neighbor roses. Cramoisi, however, is my favorite rose and is the only OGR that I have three of. Like Sammy, I love that it is big and it is truly impressive. A tough choice indeed!
Archduke charles in the first photo and a young Cramoisi in the second photo.
From Garden 2010

From Garden 2010

    Bookmark   November 6, 2011 at 4:52PM
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buffington22(Z8 Louisiana)

I have 2 CS, a climber and bush. I really like it also but it is slower to maturity than AC for me.

    Bookmark   November 12, 2011 at 1:43PM
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aimeekitty(9-10, SW 18)

I don't have CS, but I love the color changing aspect of AC (I have AC) I also love that AC blooms a loooot.

    Bookmark   November 15, 2011 at 9:01PM
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All three of the roses mentioned above are excellent here in central Florida as well -- always in bloom, relatively disease-free, and even fairly easy to grow on their own roots.

    Bookmark   November 16, 2011 at 3:12PM
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I don't grow either rose, but since you already have Archduke Charles, why not choose Cramoisi Superior? And perhaps a Napoleon as well? That will give you three excellent roses that all do well in your climate.

    Bookmark   November 16, 2011 at 3:20PM
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