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 167 growth which starts from below the bud. It is very thorny, with small spines. If the minute one of these sprouts appears you dig right down and cut it off close to the stem, you will have no trouble. You may have to do that once or twice, but after the plant is in the ground several years I do not believe you will have that trouble at all. I have had it only the first year or two, until the top part was thoroughly established. You can readily detect it, and after you once know it you will never for- get it. A MEMBER: What is your suggestion about the proper depth for planting? MR. KOCH: You do not want to plant too deep. Plant just about as deep as, or a little deeper than, the plants were as they were set in the nursery. Planting too deep is not good. It is apt to cause the upper stem to rot off. SECRETARY CRANEFIELD: How do you protect the f all set plants ? MR. KOCH: Just the same as the others. There is no differ- ence. They have a covering of from ten to twelve inches of soil, and then on top of that a quantity of leaves, litter and straw; whatever I pick up. MR. LANG: Is it necessary to put in sub-drainage? MR. KOCH- On my place, when I began, I found that I had a certain amount of depression; that is, my back line was some- what depressed, probably eighteen or twenty inches deeper than the surrounding part. I started, and as so many do, to put them in the middle, to give them plenty of sun, as I was advised to do. But that place was low, and I soon found after a year or two, that they did not do so well, so I took them away because during the winter water accumulated there. I planted them on a little higher ground toward the north side of my house. It is abso- lutely necessary, if your place is moist, that you provide drainage, otherwise they certainly will be winter killed. That has been demonstrated many times. A friend of mine who is certainly an enthusiast, who spends all his spare time with his flowers, a man of very artistic temperament, loving beautiful things, went to no end of expense in preparing his rose bed. He has a wonder- ful garden; an Italian effect on a small scale. He started to make his rose beds, and he made three or four of them, and did it all himself, and he put them in a low place. I told him, "I am afraid you are going to lose your roses during the winter." He said, "I will take good care of them, and nothing will happen to them. I am going to cover them, to build a house over them, and I will see that they come through all right." Well, he planted in the spring, and the plants were received rather late. They did not get quite as good a start as they should have had. Then in the fall he covered them well. He built a regular shed
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