Cherry Parfait Rose: Unveiling the Delights of the Duke of Monaco

The Cherry Parfait, also known as the Duke of Monaco, is a variety of rose bred by French breeders Alain Meilland and his sister. It was officially named in 2000. After its introduction to the United States in 2003, it hit the market under the name Cherry Parfait.

In 2008, it was introduced to Australia and began to be promoted as Fire and Ice. The Duke of Monaco is a medium-small shrub-like rose with a dwarf growth habit, standing only 60-90 centimeters tall. Its compact shape allows it to bloom continuously.

It is heat and disease resistant, making it suitable for home gardening. It can be used to decorate flower beds, gardens, front yards, backyards, and roadsides, and is also very adaptable to pot planting.

I. Basic Introduction

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The Duke of Monaco, a product of France’s rose giant Meilland International, is a classic variety well known in the world of roses. It stands out whether planted in a yard or a balcony pot, and has won over a multitude of beginner flower enthusiasts.

II. Morphology and Characteristics

The Duke of Monaco, also known as Cherry Parfait, is a medium-small shrub-like rose. The plant stands only 60-90 centimeters tall, has excellent branching, and maintains a compact shape even without topping.

It has few thorns, making it suitable for home planting. It can be used to decorate flower beds, gardens, front yards, backyards, and road sides. It’s also very adaptable to pot planting, with a pot diameter of about 20 centimeters being sufficient for its growth needs.

Potted plants typically stand 30-40 centimeters tall and can be accommodated on patios, balconies, and even windowsills.

Cherry Parfait

The flowers of this variety are very similar to the “Double Red”, albeit smaller, with diameters of 6-10 centimeters. They are cup-shaped, a typical classic rose shape, and display an elegant posture.

The flower heart is cream-white, and the edges are ruby-red. The color is vibrant and sparkles under the sun, making it a spectacular sight. Its ornamental value is very high.

Coupled with its lush green leaves, both the flowers and leaves are beautiful, possessing a “charm” that makes one fall in love at first sight.

In terms of flowering, the Duke can be said to “outshine” the Double Red, even more so than the Mini Moon Juice Balcony in terms of flower frequency. It seems to be born to bloom.

As long as it is well cared for, it can bloom all year round, whether in the heat of summer or the cold of winter. In spring and autumn, it can even produce flowers twice a month.

The flowers are abundant, blooming in small clusters, with several flowers opening simultaneously on a single branch. If nutrition is sufficient, every branch will produce flowers, easily creating a spectacular blooming scene. It is truly a sight to behold.

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Another advantage of the Duke of Monaco that most roses lack is its excellent heat and sun tolerance. In the hot summer, when other roses are wilting or producing small white flowers, its flowers remain standard, and the color remains consistent.

Even in the scorching heat of the Guangdong region, it can bloom normally, outshining the “Heat Tolerant Three Treasures”, and has become the new favorite of rose lovers in Guangdong.

The color of this variety is such that if the flowers are exposed to a lot of sunlight after blooming, the color will become redder; the more it is exposed to the sun, the redder it gets.

If it lacks sunlight, the white part will be more prominent, and it will bloom into a pinkish-white color, so it needs plenty of sun.

III. Living Habits

The heat-resistant Monaco Duke rose has generally good disease resistance. It is robust and rarely suffers from pest-related diseases, making it easy to maintain. It also adapts well to various environments.

In addition to being heat-resistant, it can withstand cold temperatures down to several degrees below zero, allowing it to survive the winter outdoors in most northern regions. It also has a certain ability to tolerate shade and can bloom normally on northern balconies.

IV. Cultivation Methods

If you have a yard where you can plant outdoors, choose a sunny location. After successful planting, the plant can be cared for extensively. Once mature, it can be treated as a landscaping plant and left to nature. If growing in a pot on a balcony, some points to note include:

Pot: It’s best to use a tall and slim plastic pot with good breathability, with a diameter of at least 15 cm. Pair small seedlings with small pots and larger ones with bigger pots. Gradually change pots as the seedling grows. Avoid putting a small seedling in a big pot.

Soil: Loose, humus-rich, well-aerated, and well-drained garden soil is preferred. Peat soil or leaf mold soil are good options. Do not use only vegetable garden soil, if you do, it should be mixed with at least 50% nutrient soil.

Suitable Environment: Full sun or semi-shade locations with scattered light. Avoid places that lack sunlight for a long time. Try to expose it to as much sun as possible, as more exposure will promote faster growth and more beautiful flowers. Terrace > South Balcony > North Balcony.

Watering: Follow the “dry and wet” principle. Do not water daily. Before watering, check if the pot has become lighter, or use your finger to test if the soil is dry. Water only when the soil is dry.

Fertilizing: Spring and Autumn are the flowering seasons, so you can frequently fertilize. Any common flower-specific fertilizer should work. However, remember to use light fertilizers frequently and avoid using concentrated fertilizers, which may harm the roots.

Pruning: During the growth period, top the plant several times to promote branching. After flowering, lightly prune once to accelerate re-flowering. At the end of winter, prune heavily for more splendid spring flowers.

Others: If pests like red spiders and thistles appear, put the plant under sunlight for exposure and treat with medicine. The Monaco Duke rose rarely suffers from pests, but be prepared.

V. Value and Others

The Monaco Duke rose is often compared to the Red Double Happiness. Its advantages are its low plant height, making it more suitable for balcony pot viewing. It blooms more diligently and produces more flowers.

The downside is that the flowers are not fragrant, and only have a faint scent that can only be smelled up close. If you prefer fragrant flowers, choose the Red Double Happiness. If you prefer long-lasting blooms, choose the Monaco Duke. Both varieties have a good reputation.

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