Mermaid Question

hettick(8a AL)September 4, 2006

Help!! I have a huge drainage culvert at the back of my property. I am currently trying to develop it with a few low maintenance plants. I have quite an extensive rose bed in the front yard but I do not want to be spraying and pruning the area behind the house secondary to time constraints. I am considering anchoring the whole area with a couple of Mermaid roses. My questions are: Will it do well on an enbankment? Does it tend to be defoliated by BS? In pictures it seems to get quite large, which will detract from the unsightlyness of the culvert. I live in South East Alabama. High heat 8 monthes of the year and this year anyway No Water. If you have any experience with this rose in a similar situation please let me know.

Thanks in Advance


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I think it will be very difficult to grow any rose with out supplemental water unless you have regular rain. Concerning Mermaid, it is a large flowered voracious climber with heavily thorned brittle stems. Given its head it is a beautiful well scented rose. I cannot tell you about its desease resistance. It is a hybrid tea.

    Bookmark   October 1, 2006 at 8:45AM
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Mermaid is classified as a Hybrid Bracteata. I grow it near Birmingham, Alabama and it does really well in our heat, but it does need supplemental water.Once mature, I suspect that it won't, given the size that it will eventually grow to.

    Bookmark   March 7, 2007 at 5:14PM
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jbcarr(7 VA)

It will get real big, and once established will likely do well with neglect. However, it is one of the last roses I would want to have to weed around, etc., so be careful with it in that location. I personally wouldn't use it, but if you rarely go back there, then it should work. I would tend to think of natives for that type of area. For roses, I might be tempted to put in the one of the Banksiae varieties, although they are once blooming. Also, deer don't like to eat the Banksiae as much. If you want a bush variety, then I would go with one of the chinas like Mutabilis, C Superieur, or a tea like BR Cant.

    Bookmark   March 8, 2007 at 7:44PM
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