Potted Mahogany Snow & White Lilacs which latterly have no roots. I hope that they survive. A long time since we had that problem--I don't know which garden had that idea. We used to have trouble & the late Sterling Innerst also jumped in about it. He had enough pull, so people listened to him/
I think the "cutting off of roots" came about because people were afraid of spreading nemotodes.....and , I think the plants are more easily washed, and "packed up" that way......but, I'm like you Lucy....I want them left on, the more, the better !
I used to trim the roots back to about 3"-4", but the last couple years, I just leave them "full length". If folks want them shorter...they can trim them ! In moving some plants around, last year, I found that the "full length" roots...even after being "out of the ground" for over a week, and being "all dried up", *rejuvenated* themselves all the way to the tips, after just several days in the ground. IMHO, it makes sense to leave them, as the energy it takes that plant to grow NEW ones, may be what seperates a "good doer" from a "goner"
I'm getting REAL anxious to see the last of my orders arrive ! Schreiner's *should* be here today...I hope ! I have heard a few folks say they have received theirs from Argyle...so I'm *hopeful" mine will come this next week, too ! A couple "buddy boxes" should be coming this next week as well, and I know there are two scheduled for early September (beardless, mostly, but a couple TB's , as well). And, When I see what the "pickle Barrel" has to offer !!
I don't know if it's my climate, my soil, or my culture, but, if I can't get bearded into the ground in time to see new leaf growth by July 15th, I can kiss any chance of next year's bloom goodbye . And If I can't get them in the ground by August 15th, I have to keep them "weighted down", and / or mulched to even keep them alive until spring !
Got 5 today, all planted. All historic ones. Winding down, but a box of 1 is on the way, and the Pickle Barrel sale is this week. I will post the link once it is ready to go "live." Many historics and some moderns also.
Well, the person that wasn't going to order any this year ( ), finally received my last order yesterday. This year I received orders from Iris Whisperer, Rockytop, Mid-America, Stout Gardens, and Keppel (all planted), and my Sutton order came yesterday. I think I will wait until tomorrow to plant them since it is going to be a scorcher again today, already upper 80s, going up to over 90. The plants all look fresh and none of the roots are dried up, so I don't think it will hurt them any. I only ordered 6, but they sent 4 bonuses and 3 of them were new introductions. I am really surprised that it took 6 days for them to get here by UPS from Idaho though.
Really can hardly wait until next year to see them bloom. I planted all of them behind my house where I can maybe give them more attention and make sure they get watered more often.
My last "commercial" order arrived today....from Argyle Acres. I say "last" but there are two more that will arrive in early September....they are "beardless' ones that weren't shipped when the bearded ones were. I also got a "buddy box".....three different medians, and a bag of tulips !