Which Plant ~ Plants For You? forum: Rose Chronicles - Part Two

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Imagechelle
Dec 13, 2010 7:05 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
I received my (winter) rose order from Hortico today. The damp packing material was of course crispy crunchy....frozen. Fifteen degrees F. here with a wind chill of zero right now - I'm unsure how cold it got last night but I'd bet these plants were left on the truck at least for last night, maybe even more as they were in transit for six days. Plopped the whole frozen mess in a bucket of rain water I'd saved and brought inside for the houseplants and left them in a cold, but non-freezing area to thaw and get a drink.
Made up a pot of banana smoothies for roses, put some compost in the wheelbarrow and got to work prepping planting holes. Joy! The soil isn't frozen under its layer of mulched leaves!
Once the holes were dug deeply enough I mixed some of the removed soil with the compost in the wheelbarrow and made a hill in each hole. Went back in the house for my smoothies and added some of that to each of the holes, mixed it in and then carried two large buckets of water up to the gardens from the horse tank, (it's the only outside water I have available right now). I then retrieved the plants which by now had soaked in the water for about two hours and planted them....quickly!!!
Covered the whole mess up with a bunch of snow and began hoping for the best!
Imageaspenhill
Dec 14, 2010 5:13 PM CST
Name: Terri
Lucketts, VA
Pretty crazy - what gardeners will do Hilarious! Isn't there some slogan about the postmen, something like rain, sleet, snow.... can apply to Chelle too!! Banana smoothies for roses? Tell me more...
“Surely as cometh the Winter, I know there are spring violets under the snow.” (Robert H. Newell)

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Imagechelle
Dec 14, 2010 7:47 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
I did this last winter as well for the first time...although it didn't get nearly as cold as fast as this year! All of the roses I winter planted lived and all save two of the bushes bloomed so I figured I'd try for two years in a row. Plant some mature bushes in the winter and some baby roses in the spring - can't fail, right? Whistling

Chelle's Banana Smoothies For Roses:
(Lots of slow-release potassium and calcium, and a bit of protein.)

Mature bananas - my local grocer sells over-ripe bananas for next to nothing. I stash some in the freezer when I know I have roses to feed.

The oldest milk in the fridge and an egg per rose.

Chop up bananas, skins and all - mix in milk and eggs with shells.

Split this up between planting holes, mix in and plant. Smiling

[Last winters roses didn't get this mix and their stems were a bit weak and floppy. I gave them a drink of this mix and a month or so later there had been a vast improvement!]
Imageaspenhill
Dec 15, 2010 6:15 PM CST
Name: Terri
Lucketts, VA
Very interesting. I'll stash that tidbit in my plant care notes. I want to start on a real rose garden next year. Would you use the smoothie with spring planting too, or just winter (actually was the first time I ever even heard that you can plant roses in the winter Big Grin )?
“Surely as cometh the Winter, I know there are spring violets under the snow.” (Robert H. Newell)

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Imagechelle
Dec 15, 2010 6:32 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
I only found out you could winter plant roses when I asked Hortico last year when I should expect my shipment and the reply was December eighth! I actually called the company and said, "what?"
(I had placed the order a couple months previously.) I said, why wait so long to send them? They assured me that since the roses would be fully dormant they'd never even know they'd been moved. True!
It works! I was very skeptical until I saw the evidence in my own garden. Now, I'm a believer.

Yes, you can use the smoothies anytime. They'll only break down and be used by the plants when conditions are warm enough for microbial action but at least the goodies will already be there ready to feed your plants when those conditions are present. Smiling
Imagechelle
Jan 1, 2011 4:17 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Update on those winter planted roses.

We had a mid-winter thaw the past few days and some rain to boot. All of our snow is melted away, leaving my plants exposed. The good news is this; it appears that the new arbor roses I planted just a couple of weeks ago weren't frozen long enough during shipping to kill them. They are a very nice, healthy looking green. Smiling Now, as soon as this wind lets up a little I'm planning on covering them with leaf mulch compost since the weather folks aren't predicting more snow for us in the near future, just a return to below 20's temps.
I'm just that happy to see that they're still alive!!!
Imageaspenhill
Jan 1, 2011 5:31 PM CST
Name: Terri
Lucketts, VA
Yay! I'm going to spend some cozy winter evenings planning out a real rose garden. I recently received a beautiful catalog for David Austin's English Roses. They look and sound fantastic - old fashioned look and scent, but repeat blooming and pretty disease resistant. Have you tried any?
“Surely as cometh the Winter, I know there are spring violets under the snow.” (Robert H. Newell)

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Imagechelle
Jan 1, 2011 5:59 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
I just last year put in about a half a dozen Austin roses. They were some of my spring plantings so they were a bit slower to show any blooms....but just look at how lovely the ones I had were!

Here's 'The Pilgrim' climber.
Thumb of 2011-01-01/chelle/80f2b0 Thumb of 2011-01-01/chelle/8c8515
Thumb of 2011-01-01/chelle/9ec8be

Each flush of this rose was just a bit different in bloom color and shading - almost like having a 3-in-1 plant! Lovey dubby Plus, it showed no sign of disease at all, I'd highly recommend this rose.

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