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Roses: D. Delight: spent bloom has four "buds?" growing from center

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Ocean Grove, NJ

October 3, 2012
2:39 PM

Post #9294982

I'm letting my roses wind down for the year -- set seed -- here in New Jersey. One spent bloom of Double Delight appears to be producing four new rosebuds at its center. Can you tell me what this is? It seems like such an oddity that I'm wondering if it's likely to produce viable seed and if such seed would likely be worth germinating.

Thanks for any help.

Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

October 3, 2012
7:05 PM

Post #9295216

I suspect this is a case of rose proliferation, a temporary mutation that's usually blamed on sudden drastic changes in the weather. Sadly, it's not worth germinating. The link will show you some photos of the condition, which is temporary and probably will not show up again.
Ocean Grove, NJ

October 4, 2012
7:02 AM

Post #9295546

Thanks for the info. I'm familiar with proliferation in daylilies, but had never seen it in a rose. I appreciate your sending the link.
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

October 4, 2012
7:09 AM

Post #9295554

Zuzu is just the best!
Richmond, TX

October 4, 2012
7:47 AM

Post #9295591

Proliferation is interesting but not, to me, attractive. Would you really want to perpetuate it?

Charlotte, have you been successful at reproducing roses from seed?

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