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'Julia Child ™' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 107-112
most recent 15 SEP 22 SHOW ALL
Initial post 23 DEC 17 by StefanDC
This rose had very poor black spot resistance without spray in my garden near Washington, DC. To its credit, it seemed content to photosynthesize with green stems alone, and persisted for several years that way until I couldn't stand to look at it anymore.
Reply #1 of 1 posted 15 SEP 22 by RoseForest
Same experience in Atlanta. It will be shovel pruned soon. Why the fuss over it, I have no idea.
Discussion id : 134-494
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Initial post 15 SEP 22 by RoseForest
I've had it for a few years as a much touted perfect rose (disease-resistant, prolific). None of that was true for me. Very disappointing. Loses leaves to BS, little bloom, shatters very fast. I want to replace it with South Africa,. If anyone else knows better, I would appreciate any recommendations.
Discussion id : 114-535
most recent 18 AUG 21 SHOW ALL
Initial post 20 DEC 18 by Planetrj (zone 11b/H2 pH 5.8)
This rose lived in my garden for 3 1/2 years. I gave it a chance. Perhaps I'm one of the few who had a negative experience with this, but it did not give off much fragrance no matter how I adjusted the pH. Secondary, it defoliates at the drop of a hat. It struggled for the entire 3 1/2 years. It requires regular spraying and I'm not about to do that. Quite possibly is a good rose with regular spraying, but that's why I'm not one of it's fans. Shovel pruned.
Reply #1 of 4 posted 17 AUG 21 by Lance Mellon
That's funny, I find mine to be one of the most fragrant, easy to grow, disease-free roses out there. I never spray mine. It blooms continuously and is a joy covered with yellow blooms and bright shiny foliage.
Reply #2 of 4 posted 17 AUG 21 by Nastarana
lancer, would you be willing to share with us what zone you live in, and maybe what kind of soil? Mind, I am not asking for personal info at all, just some idea of the sort of climate in which JC might be expected to thrive.
Reply #3 of 4 posted 18 AUG 21 by Lance Mellon
Yes, of course. I am in zone 9 in San Francisco, CA. And I will admit that due to the arid climate we do have an advantage in being able to grow some of the more difficult roses although sometimes I wish we had more summer heat but we cannot have everything. The soil here is just regular. I used to live closer to the beach and had sandy soil but here it is regular loam with a clay base. We enrich with a lot of leaf mold, manure, compost and these things help roses immeasurably. A nice mulch helps too. Julia Child though would thrive in any rich soil but may not do as well in more humid areas like Louisiana or Hawaii as I now see the writer came from.
I also see the writer listed the PH at 5.8 and I think that may have something to do with their problem with Julia Child. I would suggest maybe some wood ashes or lime added to sweeten the soil a bit.
Reply #4 of 4 posted 18 AUG 21 by Plazbo
I think a lot of Carruth's roses are location specific. They often have good reviews in the USA but then here in East Coast Australia and I wouldn't class many of them as being particularly resistant. Julia Child (aka Soul Mate here) regularly blackspotted and defoliated and wasn't particularly vigorous in either garden (sandy or clay) for me but it clearly does well in other places around the world for whatever reason.
Discussion id : 128-550
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Initial post 21 JUL 21 by Unregistered Guest
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