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)
VV bX~bLN1N - X LL VRL1.L1=UV iaM~L AUTO-*.A LVj Black Leaf Forty is good. Formerly I was able to get a solution called Nicotine, but I understand that is out of the market now, and not to be had. I was told that it was mislabeled, or misbranded, and the Government, as usual, stepped in and stopped its sale. That other preparation was better than the Black Leaf Forty. Then again, r use tobacco dust, cover the ground, or lightly sprinkle it over the ground. I did not do it this year, however. It has a tendency to choke the aphis. The main secret of getting rid of them is to get at them good and early. That is almost all that is necessary. If you do that,-you will not have very much trouble. Now, about planting time. A good many growers seem to advise-that is, a good many nurserymen seem to advise-spring planting for Wisconsin; I believe that is a mistake. The best success I have had was from fall planting, strange to say. The plants seemed to go through the following winter better than the plants that were planted in the spring the year previous. Those plants did not seem to get a good start, even though I gave them an unusual amount of care. The situation is this, that the warm weather comes on very fast, and we really have very few spring days here; one day it is cold, and the next day it is hot, and from winter you might almost say that we go into summer. That is the reason, I believe, from my experience, that fall planting is advisable. The plants have a better chance. A rose will grow in cold weather. They set better, and you can buy better plants in the fall, which is also an incentive. If you wait until spring and order them, the chances are they may arrive very late, if not too late, for the plants to get a good start, even though all other things are equal. One of my friends has always made it a prac- tice to plant in the fall. He has been very successful, and as the result of his experience I have changed from spring to fall planting. Now, I believe that what I have said covers all of the essen- tials. Of course, there are a few other little things that must be taken into account, one of which is not mixing up the varieties too much. And you do not want to plant a very vigorous plant in front, and a less vigorous one in the back, and things of that kind. Try to keep the varieties separate, if you possibly can. It is better, and you will have better results. . '-'i . I I i I !: . . -Ar"r C- TT----- Q___ I A
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