I had purchased some rooted cuttings from another grower since I had run out of some varieties. I bought them in October, 2000 and now I can compare them with mine. While no BioVam was used when rooting or planting mine in the 4" pots, my cuttings are far superior to his in growth, vitality and roots. It seems that, since I had treated all my stock plants with BioVam, their cuttings had gone on to have root systems so healthy that, if the sun is out when I upside one to get it out of the pot, the reflection from the heavy, bright, white-root-hair laden roots can blind you! I'm just thrilled.
We had such a wonderful fall that I was thinking we?d never get any really cold weather this year. I started writing this newsletter after checking the temperature this morning. It is 7F. It?s cold enough for me, especially for late autumn.Winter Chores
Many people seem to want to trim back their roses in the fall but I?d have to say that, for the most part, it is not such a good idea. The only pruning I suggest this time of year is cutting back any cane that has grown way out of proportion to the bush. These long canes can create problems during high winds. By whipping against each other, the surface of the canes can be damaged by thorns and this may allow fungi to enter. Any further pruning is not warranted unless you remove obviously dead canes. Pruning is much better accomplished in early spring before bud break.
Some people have called regarding protection of their roses over the winter. There is no need to do so with any plants purchased here unless you have gotten varieties not suited to your zone. I would have told you this when you were here.
The roses grown here are hardy and nothing need be done to them to protect them from the cold. Problems arise only after a long warm spell in early spring followed by a severe freeze. I am told by the distributor of BioVam that this problem should not arise now that all our roses and clematis are enhanced with this mycorrhiza. If indeed this is true, this alone would make up for the cost of the product. I?ll be watching this very closely to say the least.
If indeed you did get a tender rose, mounding up soil around the base and burying the rest of the rose with oak leaves inside of a chicken wire cylinder should be enough protection. It may seem too late to do this but better late?.
Remember to spray your roses sometime during the winter with a dormant oil spray. This should be done when the temperature is over 45F. It will help to destroy fungi spores and insect eggs carried over from last season.Clematis Care
Since the next newsletter will not be until March, I want to share something I read recently about pruning clematis. Those varieties which bloom only on new wood need to be cut back very severely for the best bloom. In the past the recommendation has been to cut them back to 12 to 18 inches. The newest directive from the experts is to cut them right back to the ground. This can be done at anytime during their dormancy. Most of these cultivars are viticellas though other varieties are included.
If you don?t remember what I told you when you purchased your clematis, get in touch with me to make sure of what type of clematis you have. Of course, after the first year in the ground even no-pruning or little-pruning types of clematis should be cut back to about 12 inches to encourage branching.New Website Location
Those of you with computers may reach us at: (no longer in business). This is a new address. Most of our 2001 list is posted there, though some varieties will only be found on the printed list you have received with this newsletter.
You will now be able to purchase BioVam through our website and we hope you will do so since our little nursery will be helped by this means. The mechanism allowing this to happen is already on our site.
What more can I tell you of BioVam? I am looking forward to next season just to see how much better things grow since I added more to each plant this fall.
BioVam, a mycorrhiza fungus, enables roses and other plants much healthier, more robust, floriferous, drought resistant, etc. It is by far the best thing for roses I?ve ever used.Rose Prices
I've been looking over the many rose catalogs recently received and find that roses are almost becoming as expensive as orchids. It is not only the price of the plants but the cost of the shipping.
The cheapest worthwhile roses I?ve found are at ("Supplier Name Deleted") in Canada but his roses are budded on to an understock and I most certainly prefer own-root. Nevertheless, in a pinch I prefer his plants when I do not have enough of mine available. This nursery tries very hard to weed out virused plants. You can expect to pay about $9 - $10 apiece with a minimum of three and shipping about $11 for regular delivery. That comes to about $12.70 a rose.
("Supplier Name Deleted") has some good prices and some ridiculous ones, but I have found over the years that many of their plants seldom thrive and of course most are budded. I suspect that their plants, like many of the roses found in the US, have mosaic virus. Also, very often one receives mislabeled bushes. Their prices are from $9.95 to $17.95 plus shipping.
("Supplier Name Deleted") in South Carolina has good quality potted one gallon own-root roses but having to pay for shipping with soil in the pots raises their prices a great deal. Also they recommend growing the plant in the container for the season since all of their roses are grown in greenhouses and are not hardened off. The roses cost $12 plus $4 shipping to Virginia, minimum 3. That?s $16 per rose.
("Supplier Name Deleted") in Oregon has always had a great number of old roses but they have found that it is too expensive to maintain so many varieties. This year they have changed their name to ("Supplier Name Deleted") and have far fewer old varieties than in the past. All of their roses are own-root in small pots and with shipping and packing charges, their price is very high for what you get. Roses are $13.95 each for the most part with shipping of $2.95 per plant and $4.95 for packing (any size order shipped at one time). If you order one rose it will cost $21.85.
("Supplier Name Deleted") in Texas sends out two gallon own-root plants which are usually quite fine but the shipping charges bring up the price significantly. The potted roses cost $14.95 with shipping the price goes to $19.90.
Of course, some people buy roses at ("Some Large National Chain Stores") and for the most part have few varieties from which to choose. Many are possibly virused and usually cared for not at all.
So where does that place our little nursery? Well, 90% of the roses are propagated and grown here; the rest purchased from virus-free stock and started here in Zone 6. They are mostly own-root roses in two gallon containers. Our price is $15 plus tax. If you buy 9 in 2001 you get one free.
We have about 250 varieties most of the time and if a variety is on our list for a certain year, we most assuredly will try to have it available sometime between April 1st and October 31st. An additional bonus is that all our roses are treated with BioVam, are as organically grown as possible, and should truly thrive for you. So we feel our prices reflect what you pay for.
In order to keep the cost of this newsletter down, those of you with an e-mail address, please send it to us at: (no longer in business) and we?ll try to get the next one out to you via e-mail. Thanks.
HAVE A WONDERFUL ROSY NEW YEAR!
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