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Wisconsin State Horticultural Society / Annual report of the Wisconsin State Horticultural Society for the year ending July 1, 1921
Vol. LI (1921)

Koch, H. F.
Outdoor rose growing,   pp. 157-168 PDF (3.0 MB)


Page 157


WISCONSIN STATE HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY
OUTDOOR ROSE GROWING
H. F. KOCH
(From Reporter's Transcript.)
Mr. Chairman, Ladies and Gentlemen: I am certainly very
glad to be here. When I received a letter from your Secretary,
Mr. Cranefield, requesting me to say a few words to you on
outdoor rose growing, I must admit that I was very much sur-
prised; and it goes without saying that I very much appreciate
this honor. A talk of this sort before an organization of this
kind is such an entirely different matter from those to which
I have been accustomed, that I feared I might not do justice to
the subject, but I was very much interested after noting Mr.
Cranefield's statement that many of the members had utterly
failed in outdoor rose growing. So when I came home that
evening and saw the wealth of bloom in my garden, the June
roses, hybrid teas and climbers, both large and small flowered
varieties, well set with buds about to open, I felt it was a duty,
that I owed to lovers of roses, to come here and tell you what
little I knew about them.
Prior to the time I personally planted my first rose bush, about
ten years ago, I was only an amateur, with no experience what-
ever in horticulture. At that time I bought a few plants at one
of the Milwaukee department stores, but I did not know one rose
bush from another, except that one was supposed to be red,
another pink, another white, and so on. I soon found that the
rose as a plant responded quite readily to cultivation, and ap-
peared to be very grateful for whatever attention it received.
Feeling rather encouraged, I absorbed whatever knowledge I
could obtain from catalogues and books on roses, and particu-
larly from other amateur growers, wherever I could find them.
To grow outdoor roses successfully there are two requirements
which I consider essential. First is in the preparation of the
rose bed proper, and second, procuring the right kind of stock
or plants. It has been said that it is better to put a ten cent
plant in a fifty cent hole than a fifty cent plant in a ten cent
hole. This is especially true of roses.
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