I was looking for a healthy, hearty Rugosa Rose and I came across 'Topaz Jewel' during my research. Is there anyone who has personal experience growing this rose? Are they really 'disease resistant, hardy, reblooming, and self-cleaning' like the online nurseries say?
If they are as great as they sound I can't wait to plant some
I have not grown it, but a friend of mine has. All the claims/concerns that you have raised appear to be true.
It supposedly has good rebloom, and all rugosa's (except maybe my Conrad Ferdinand Meyer) are quite disease resistant and hardy. I've grown about twelve or thirteen different rugosa's and this is one that I definitely plan to add to my collection. Like most rugosa's it also has a nice fragrance. According to my friend, this one does need
to be pruned and shaped to give it good form. I say GO FOR IT!, I'm hoping to receive my own cutting later this year.