Is it normal/ok...
I got my first bands from Heirloom about two weeks ago and followed their directions to the letter, i.e. unwrapped immediately, gave a good watering and moved them directly to a sheltered spot on my covered porch (hardening off? Is that the right word here?).
They remained happy and I kept them moist for about 5 days before planting them in ground. I watched the Paul Zimmerman video and debated about potting them up for a season first, but I don't have a great, easily accessible space for pots other than the north facing covered porch and I worried about their sun exposure there.
Each rose- I have 3 so far- went into a large hole with nice black, moist composted leaf soil. I have a load of mulch coming tomorrow, so while they are mounded up pretty good with the soil, they are not mulched yet. I've checked them every day, watered at the ground when dry, and removed dead leaves.
The Abraham Darby is doing great, shiny green leaves, no issues. The Night Light and Joseph's Coat, however don't look as hot; Night Light is the saddest. Several dead little leaves and not quite a perky in the leaf department. They've only been planted for about 5 days, so still a little early for new growth and they each have stems that are green and upright, not soft or droopy.
Just a little shock at a new location? More worrisome than that? I do have two more- Talisman Cl. and Royal Sunset- scheduled to come from RVR in the next week or so. So while I am prepared, as a new rose grower, for some attrition due to human error, I would certainly like to minimize that as much as possible and give these little guys their best shot. Anything I should do differently for the next two that come in? Anything to baby the ones I have now?
Thank you so much!