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Consider Earth Kind rose Ducher

Here is another Earth-Kind rose for you to consider for your landscape. Earth-Kind Roses have been through rigorous statewide testing and evaluation by a team of horticultural experts and found to possess a high level of landscape performance and outstanding disease and insect tolerance/ resistance required to for this special designation.

Earth-Kind Roses are among the most thoroughly tested and environmentally responsible plants for the use in Texas landscapes. Earth-Kind roses are certainly not immune to pest problems. However, their tolerance to pests is so great that they rarely require the use of chemical pesticides.

We will be covering the 15 different Earth-Kind roses that are currently available. The fourteenth rose that we will cover is Ducher. Joseph Pernet was a French rosarian born near Lyon. In 1879 he began his career with the Ducher nursery and in 1882 he married the owner's daughter. He then took on the name "Pernet-Ducher" under which he continued rose breeding until his death in 1928. Between 1907 and 1925, Monsieur Ducher won the Gold Medal thirteen times at the Annual Concours de Bagatelle International Rose Competition held in Paris.

The Ducher rose was introduced in 1869 and is considered the only white China rose available. The flowers are a soft ivory-white color with very round buds that may have a hint of pink on the outer petals. The flowers are extremely fragrant. Ducher is a relatively small China rose reaching a height of only 3 to 5 feet. This also makes it a very good candidate for use in containers. Many gardeners have observed that Ducher has lighter green foliage than some of its close relatives.

Cultivar Name: Ducher (pronounced "doo shay")

Blossom Color: Ivory White

Blossom and Fragrance: Double - Very Fragrant

Blooming Period: May to first frost

Mature Height: 3 to 5 feet

Mature Width: 2 to 5 feet

Rose Category: China

Growth Habit: Shrub

Landscape Uses:

Ducher is a relatively small shrub rose that works well in the landscape or in a container. These plants require a well drained soil and do best in full sun. This repeat bloomer makes an excellent specimen plant and the fragrant blossoms are extremely attractive. The Earth Kind designation also ensures that Ducher is extremely resource efficient with outstanding landscape performance characteristics.

When planting Earth-Kind roses in the landscape be sure to plant it with plenty of room around it to ensure air movement will occur around the rose. This will aid in the reduction of diseases on the rose. It is always a good idea to plan enough room when planting your Earth-Kind rose that it will have at least one foot of extra space around the rose based on the mature rose size. Earth-Kind roses also need to be planted in full sun, as this will reduce disease problems on the roses as well.

Your garden and landscape questions are always welcome. You may either contact me at our County Extension office, 940-716-8610, or by e-mail, tcmcknight@ag.tamu.edu. You are always encouraged to visit the Wichita County Master Gardener website at www.overthegardengate.org. Another great website to visit for very useful garden hints and answers is http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/. This article, along with every article, will also be featured on www.joetomwhite.com 24 hours a day under county agents.

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