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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)


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sprinkle it on, and do that two or three times a year, that seems
to be sufficient.
Now, as to the kind of stock. 1 have had some very sad
experiences along this line. Some of the nurserymen in their
catalogues lay special stress on own root stock. That is the big-
gest humbug that was ever perpetrated on the American rose-
growing public. I am not interested in the matter, either; it is
immaterial to me. I am simply giving you my unbiased opinion.
I am not interested in any nursery at all. I am simply giving
you the actual facts. I have talked with a number of amateur
rose growers, and they all had the same experience I did. To
satisfy myself which of the two really gave the best results, last
fall I had one bed of probably fifteen Hybrid Teas, and they
seemed to do fairly well the first year; but I was not quite so well
satisfied the second year. The growth was not so vigorous as
it should have been, so I dug them up. They were on their own
roots, mind you. I was very much disgusted to find little tiny
dangling roots in nice, good, rich soil. To complete the com-
parison, right next to them I had some other Hybrid Teas which
I dug up. They were budded plants. I had to go to some
depth to get to the bottom of the roots. I believe in the case of
one plant I went down something like three feet.
Now, that indicates pretty plainly that the kind of stock you
plant should be budded stock. Unfortunately it is going to be
hard to secure sufficient budded stock in this country. You
probably all know that the Department at Washington issued
what might almost be called a restraining order against the im-
portation of foreign stock, on account of certain diseases con-
cerning which apprehension is felt. We do not want to take
a chance on getting them into this country, so I presume they
know what they are doing, and I believe they probably are right.
There is no reason why the American rose growers should not
begin to produce their own stock. Of course, you understand it
takes some time to grow stock for budding from seed. I cannot
speak from personal experience along that line, but I have a
friend who knows the business and is well trained in it,-an
European-and he told me only a few days ago that it required
something like two years to germinate a rose seed from wild
stock; and of course that means another two years before you
can get a size which is large enough so that you can bud it.
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