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)
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. 157
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