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)
166 FIFTY-FIRST ANNUAL REPORT OF Now, it may seem from what I have said that the requirements of outdoor rose growing are somewhat exacting. However, this is not at all the case, and the work of caring for the plants ex- tends over the entire growing period, and when you consider the results obtained and the fact that you can have roses in bloom from spring until freezing time, you can readily see that the care and attention that it is necessary to give the plants are well worth while. Right here in Wisconsin-not alone in the south- ern section, but also in the northern part-I have seen roses growing and blooming to perfection. I have seen them as far north as Marquette, Michigan. The blooms which I saw at Marquette were very fine, and about as perfect as produced by the professional hot house grower. The climbers grew to a length of from twenty to twenty-five feet. They were planted in sandy soil, which is all the more remarkable, as roses are supposed to give the best results in heavy clay soil. I have seen roses in bloom in the south, and in the east, and various other sections of this state; but the finest blooms of hybrid teas I saw at Lake Nashota, hybrid perpetuals grown by a friend in my home town of Wauwatosa. My roses are a con- stant delight to me, from the time the first flowers scent the atmosphere with their wealth of bloom, and then along through June and July-the climbers, large and small flowered, each in its turn, and the hybrid teas-until they cease blooming in the late fall because they must go into winter quarters to rest for the bloom which is sure to follow in the coming spring. DISCUSSION MR. CHRISTENSON: If you were going to grow one kind, perpetuals, hybrid teas, or something else, what class would you select? Most of us cannot have very many, and we would pos- sibly only want one class. MR. KOCH: If you are satisfied to have roses simply in June. and a sprinkling of them in the fall, select any of the hybrid perpetuals that are recommended. ML CHRISTENSON: You said something about budded stock. Is there not a danger that most amateurs may get into some trouble with growth from below the bud? MR. KOCH: I thought of that, and I am very glad you brought that up. You can very readily detect the "stock" or I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I
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