I am new here. Houzz isn't doing it for me. I miss Gardenweb. 🥺
First, I want feedback from anyone who has grown the HTs Secret or Kardinal(Korlingo) or both. I read they are fairly blackspot-resistant, and that is what I need.
I know there is a difference between "blackspot resistant" roses in general and "blackspot-resistant hybrid teas," which are notorious for being NOT disease resistant.
I have grown modern roses since I was ten years old. I was smitten by big fat opulent blooms of Peace and Mr. Lincoln, and the like. I sprayed preventitively for fungus for 4 decades, because that is what my local rose society insisted was necessary. (There is a certain bias among exhibiters intent on perfectly blemish-free foliage.)
But exhibiting has never been my main goal, only a curiosity. Living in blackspot Hell here in the central Gulf South, I sprayed to keep the plants alive.
A funny thing has happened over the past several years; breeders are coming out with better and better disease resistance.
Anyway, I have recently thrown out the sprayer, about 18 months ago, and I have proceded to replace the worst offending blackspotters. I have some very promising new baby bushes touted as being very to extremely disease resistant:
Savannah, Winter Sun, Francis Meilland, Grande Dame, Grande Amore, Paloma Blanca, Caramella, Pink Entchantment, Easy Spirit, Plum Perfect, Belle Epoque, and True Passion. I am eager to see how these each perform. I already have Dark Desire, Wedding Bells, Sunny Skies, and Beverly in their second or third years, and so far so good with health.
I LOVE the shapely HT blooms of Bride's Dream and Vet's Honor but am banishing them to big pots, because of their blackspot vulnerability. Paradise, another fav., is on probation. I am thinking Kardinal and Secret may be resistant enough to take their places in the communal bed while still giving that wow factor HT form. I would love feedback from any here who have grown either of these, especially in blackspot country. What do you think? Can they handle no-spray gardening?
(I know, I am long-winded, lol)