Mail order Bareroot

intris(6)March 13, 2013

So, I ordered some bare root roses from and they arrived in the mail today. I'm not sure what to make of them since this is my first mail order experience.

I ordered the following: the generous gardener, the lady of shalott, and jubilee celebration. The Generous Gardener came with 4 decently sized canes, one injured to the point where I'll have to cut it off. The Lady of Shalott has some damaged roots I'll have to cut off. Jubilee Celebration has blackened ends on the canes.

They all came in moist plastic bags, no other packaging. All three smell horrid. They are green and it looks like the roots are long and mostly healthy.

So my question, are my bushes doomed or will they rebound (I don't want to complain)? D:

Edit: I finally found a way to explain the scent. they smell like the inside of an aquarium museum.

This post was edited by intris on Wed, Mar 13, 13 at 16:31

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seil zone 6b MI

The smell is from being sealed in a too moist bag during shipping. Get them out of the bags, clean them up where they need pruning and plant them as soon as possible. They should recover.

    Bookmark   March 13, 2013 at 5:27PM
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Thanks for the encouragement Seil. They are currently out of their bags and soaking in water. Here is a photo of the jubilee celebration (the bucket next to it has some bare roots I got from lowe's).

I see we live in the same zone (6b). When do you think is a good time to plant the bushes? I was planting them in containers to hold them over until it was "safe."

    Bookmark   March 13, 2013 at 5:32PM
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seil zone 6b MI

Those look fine. The canes are good and green and not wrinkled. Just prune off anything that's damaged or unhealthy looking.

I don't know exactly where you are but it's too soon to plant here. The ground is still frozen. A rule of thumb would be to plant when the forsythia bloom in your area. That usually means the soil has thawed and warmed to a sufficient temperature for growth to happen. For me that's usually mid-April weather permitting. Although lately the weather has that all screwed up, lol.

Yes, you can pot them temporarily. If you have a garage keep them there. If you have to keep them inside put them under lights if you can. Any fluorescent light will do. Either way keep a close watch on watering. You do not want them to dry out. Pot them with good potting soil in pots that have good drainage. I wouldn't suggest fertilizer until they are planted. You don't want them putting on a ton of new growth until you can get them outside.

    Bookmark   March 13, 2013 at 6:29PM
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