Roses forum: No Blooms on Chrysler Imperial

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Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
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Joannabanana
Aug 19, 2012 12:52 PM CST
Any thoughts? I bought a few 1-gallon roses in early June. Planted all in large planters, used a good granular rose food, Epsom Salts and regular watering. Chrysler Imperial never bloomed. I even sprayed it with a bloom booster water soluble fertilizer a few times.

It is now over 5 feet tall and about 3 feet wide. A bit a mildew, but not too bad.

Has this happened to any of yours?

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Name: Steve
Prescott, AZ (Zone 7b)
Region: Southwest Gardening Roses
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Steve812
Aug 19, 2012 1:37 PM CST
Growth looks lush. The plant looks very happy. It sounds like you're taking very good care of it. Not sure I've ever had a hybrid tea that looked that good by the end of summer!

It looks to me like the rose in the first photo might be making a little bud at the tippy tip of the left most cane. Perhaps it will bloom in fall.

Is there any hope that you'll be able to move your large planter into a cool basement for the winter? Or that you'd be able to heap enough mulch on it to keep the rose from freezing too severely in deep winter? I ask because many of my best roses don't hit their stride until year 3 or 4 or 5, and I'd like to be able to suggest that Chrysler Imperial will improve with age.
Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Region: Canadian Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Roses
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Annuals Container Gardener Vegetable Grower Winter Sowing Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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Joannabanana
Aug 19, 2012 9:36 PM CST
No bud, just new growth. I put my potted roses into the veggie garden for the winter. I take them out of the pot and plant them in fairly deep and mound with a bit of peatmoss.

This Ingrid Bergman rose spent the winter in the veggie garden and has bloomed awesome all season. It is in a bit smaller pot than the Chrysler Imperial

Name: Mike
Long Beach, Ca.
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Calsurf73
Aug 19, 2012 10:02 PM CST
From my experience with Chrysler Imperial, it took 3 years before I ever saw a bloom on it, but that third year it was spectacular. I think it's just of those roses that really needs time to establish itself, but it's worth the wait. I'll admit I was getting very impatient with it, but glad I waited it out.
Name: Steve
Prescott, AZ (Zone 7b)
Region: Southwest Gardening Roses
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Steve812
Aug 22, 2012 9:18 AM CST
Ingrid Bergman certainly looks happy. Here's hoping that Chrysler Imperial will respond just as well to the same treatment.

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